The curious and entertaining quirk to Victoria (albeit occasionally frustrating) is that no one street seems to keep the same name as it travels through the district! Check out Fort Street which turns into Cadboro Bay Road which turns into Telegraph Road. My favourite, though, is Dallas Road, which turns into Hollywood Crescent, which turns into Crescent Road, becomes King George Terrace, into Beach Drive which eventually turns into Cadboro Bay Road!
As quirky and charming as it is, when was the last time you gave directions to out of town visitors coming to see you? “Turn right on Tattersall, stay on it through Saanich Road and Boleskine Rd. and don’t worry when it becomes Harriet!” Phew! We are definitely not built on a grid system. And that’s a good, no, a great thing!
It means that there are amazing little pockets of streets to explore! Take Terrace Avenue, which can be accessed off Oak Bay or Rockland Avenue, as an example. It is more a laneway than a road. It is home to an eclectic mix of architecture, amazing trees, and some fabulous gardens. It is quintessentially Victoria! Then wander down Mountjoy, which you can access off either Runnymede or Fairfield. It’s a short street of tranquil homes and amazing gardens.
Check out Lotbiniere Avenue that travels between Rockland Avenue and Richardson Street. An oasis of calm! What about the warren of small streets that are abundant in the James Bay community, where each block is a unique mix of style and form. The small narrow streets mean lots of one-way directions, which again adds to the sense of a small, intimate community.
And never forget that we are surrounded by the ocean. Follow any street and you are bound to hit water. Sometimes those streets have a small public access to a tiny and secret cove that only a few wander down to explore. It’s like having your own private beach!
We truly live in a special place. There is something for everyone here, and the joy is in finding these small treasures!
Ask me about my personal list of joyful and special places to explore in our wonderful town.