Elkington Forest is located 35 minutes north of Victoria, just south of Shawnigan Lake, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  Home of the 1st Annual Big Tree Festival - click here for more info.

Whether you are traveling north from Victoria, or south from Duncan or Nanaimo, you will take the Malahat Trans Canada Hwy until you reach the South Shawnigan Lake Road.

Turn West at South Shawnigan Lake Road (there is an amber flashing light at the intersection), and then follow South Shawnigan Lake Road for 1.8 km. Take  a slight left at Stebbings Road (proceed 1.7 km) and then turn left onto Goldstream Heights Drive (proceed 4.0 km. Turn right at Trailway Drive (proceed 1 km to Trailhead Hamlet). Click on the map for the Trailway Drive entrance.

Discover the Neighborhood in the tour below and learn about the nearby communities including: Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, the Westshore and Victoria.

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10 – 12 Minutes Northwest of Elkington Forest

Long renowned as “cottage country” for Victorians, Shawnigan Lake has recently become a premier destinations for year round living. Now it is your turn to discover what Victorians have always known.

Elkington Forest is just minutes away from the shores of Shawnigan Lake and all of the fun on the water that you can imagine. Whether you like to water ski , canoe, kayak, go tubing or just spend a lazy day at the beach, Shawnigan Lake has it all. Tired of all that activity? Take a break and wander into the Village for a wonderful dining experience, browse through the general store, visit the local museum or carry on to the Community Centre to join in the activities. Shawnigan Lake is life as it used to be – relaxed, enjoyable and neighbourly.

Remember that Shawnigan Lake itself is just one of Elkington Forests neighbours. Surrounding the lake are some of the most pristine Provincial Parks available anywhere on Vancouver Island. If you like to hike, bike or trail ride you will find it all in the hundreds of hectares that make up the West Shawnigan Lake Park, Bright Angel Park, Koksilah Park and the Trans Canada Trail system.

d1a00a_5804618a45f3456799b9a929f1320862d1a00a_11818de0dacb93a32dcf54f39af0592cStill looking for more things to do? Visit the world famous Kinsol Trestle, the tallest free standing wood trestle in the world (614 ft long and 145 ft high), go fly fishing at Wriggelsworth Lake, or take in a Rugby game at the prestigious Shawnigan Lake School. Living at Elkington Forest means you will love your neighbours – they are a lot of fun.

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Wonderful Gulf Island Views

Wonderful Gulf Island Views

14 Minutes North of Elkington Forest

Visually stunning, Mill Bay is one of the oldest communities on Vancouver Island, established in the 1860’s as a mill town for the lumber industry. Today, Mill Bay is a key ocean side community of the southern Cowichan Valley. Straddling the Island Highway and offering direct access north to Duncan or south to the WestShore and Victoria, Mill Bay is perhaps best known as home to the “prettiest little ferry ride anywhere”. BC Ferries operates a daily scheduled ferry service, connecting Mill Bay with Brentwood Bay. This 20 minute scenic journey is the perfect link to the Victoria International Airport, the BC Ferry system to Vancouver and the Anacortes Ferry system to the USA.

But Mill Bay is more than just home to important transportation links . It is also home to marinas, sandy beaches, salt water fishing, medical services, one of the areas two internationally recognized private schools (Brentwood College), plus elementary and middle schools , shopping, recreation centres and of course some of the friendliest people in the world. Mill Bay is important in many ways.

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30 Minutes Northwest of Elkington Forest

d1a00a_671053c039077c51e69ab9cee9f485bbWorld renowned as the “City of Totems” the City of Duncan is a wonderful mix of heritage , culture and modern conveniences. Featuring an intimate and walkable downtown core interspersed with heritage architecture and over 80 locally carved First Nations totem poles Duncan is indeed an important cultural centre for all people on Vancouver Island.

Combining services of the Quw’ustsum Cultural Centre, with the modern conveniences of its Cowichan Valley/Island Savings Centre the City of Duncan offers a 12,000 sq ft multi purpose exhibition hall, a 1,400 seat arena , an Aquatic Centre, a regional library, dance studios and a 731 seat preforming arts centre that attracts performing artists from around the world. And that’s not all, Duncan is home to the renowned Coast Salish weavers who produce the world famous Cowichan Sweaters, the largest totem pole (by diameter) in the world and the world’s largest hockey stick (made of Fir and installed outside of the Cowichan Arena).

With the convenience of major shopping centres , government services , a number of elementary, middle and high schools, a University regional campus, medical centres, and a thriving business community, you can quickly see that Duncan has it all.

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30 MInutes Northeast of Elkington Forest

Situated within roughly a half hour of Elkington Forest is the Cowichan Valley in all of its seasonal glories. Derived from the Aboriginal word “Quw’utsun”meaning “Warm Lands” the Cowichan Valley has Canada’s warmest year round mean temperatures and has fulfilled its promise to become the food and wine center of Vancouver Island.

Cowichan Valley is a Gourmet Food Lover's Paradise  Photo credit: Hanspetermeyer,CC By 2.0

Cowichan Valley is a Gourmet Food Lover’s Paradise
Photo credit: Hanspetermeyer,CC By 2.0

Often compared to California’s world renowned Napa Valley the Cowichan Valley is a paradise for “foodies” who enjoy award winning wines, artisanal cheeses, heritage ciders and fresh west coast cuisine. Restaurants range from small local pubs to highly recommended Guest Houses. Traveling the back roads and lanes of the Valley one discovers a land of fishermen, wild food foragers, vintners, carvers, B & Bs, florists, gardeners and heritage farmers who take pride in their crafts. Living at Elkington Forest you will be members within a wonderful community of people who care about the environment and their place in it.

If you enjoy exploring, fine dining, daily wine tours, fresh foods and gourmet cooking, and if you would love to have all of this just minutes away, then Elkington Forest is definitely the place for you.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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25 Minutes Southeast of Elkington Forest

Major services and access to world class recreational facilities are close at hand in the Westshore.

Major services and access to world class recreational facilities are close at hand in the Westshore.

The label of “Westshore” has evolved in recent years to refer to the fastest growing, most dynamic region of Victoria. Comprised of the cities of Langford (pop: 28,000), and Colwood (pop: 16,000), View Royal (pop: 9,000,) Metchosin (pop: 5,000), and Highlands (pop: 2,000), the Westshore is a diverse collection of lifestyle choices.

From Elkington Forest you are less than 25 minutes away from world class golfing on one of two Jack Nicklaus designed courses at internationally renowned Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Langford, shopping at the Big Box stores on Millstream Avenue or watching football, soccer or baseball on the playing fields at Bear Mountain Stadium. There is even an annual professional rodeo at the Luxton Fairgrounds in Langford every summer. But that’s not all. Another 10 minutes away, the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre in Colwood offers ice skating, hockey, curling, gymnastics and aquatic fun. For an educational feast, check out the courses at Canada’s most exciting school of higher learning, Royal Roads University. Wander the grounds of Hatley Castle or take in the historical sights at Fort Rodd Hill and the Fisgard Lighthouse.

Not to be outdone, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, also approximately 30 minutes from Elkington Forest, offer historical sights, artisan studios, shopping, casinos, miles of trails and world renowned salmon fishing and whale watching.

The Westshore is close by, yet a world away. The choices are endless

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35 Minutes Southwest of Elkington Forest

Victoria, known as The Garden City, boasts the mildest climate in Canada

Victoria, known as The Garden City, boasts the mildest climate in Canada

Located on the southern most tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria — “The Garden City” is constantly rated by Conde Nast and many other international travel and leisure magazines as one of top 5 most liveable cities in the world. Victoria is a bit smug about its other titles too.

Victoria has the least rainfall of any major city in the North West (incl. Vancouver & Seattle), but it is not just the weather that makes Victoria so attractive. As the Capital of British Columbia, Victoria has a strong and stable economic base, a world renowned tourism sector with over 3 million visitors a year and a diverse cultural identity with a constant stream of year round activities.

Victoria is made for strolling and exploring. Around every corner you will discover historical buildings, quaint shops, internationally acclaimed art galleries and museums, and a wide range of local and ethnic cuisines. And who could pass up a visit to the Inner Harbour to tour the Legislative Buildings or attend “High Tea” at the Empress Hotel.

Whether your tastes lean towards joining the 40,000 people who attend the Victoria Symphony Annual Summer Splash Concert in the Inner Harbour or just spending an afternoon admiring the ocean while walking along Dallas Road, living at Elkington Forest means everything that Victoria has to offer is close at hand.