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Bowker Creek Initiative

 

Mount Tolmie Community (Shelbourne Valley)

Neighbourhood parks

Schools and libraries

Shopping and services

Churches

Our neighbours (University of Victoria, Mt. Douglas school, Arbutus school, and more)

Neighbourhood parks

Mt. Tolmie  At Mayfair Drive. Mt. Tolmie was officially named in 1934 after Dr. William Frazer Tolmie, a biologist.  Panoramic views of Saanich and Victoria across to the Olympic Mountain Range and to Mt. Baker in the Cascades will entice you to hike to the 120m. elevation of the summit.  The combination of built forms (such as the water reservoir) and natural pathways through the rocky outcrops provide many different places to explore.

Horner Park   Off Broadmead Ave. (from Palo Alto St.), Kisber Ave., or Iona Drive (turn off Cedar Hill Cross Road). A great neighbourhood park with good play equipment and swings for the kids. Also a basketball half court and street hockey net, and a baseball diamond. Mt. Tolmie Community Association events sometimes take place here.

Onyx Park   At Onyx Place (off Garnet Rd.) or from Howroyd St. (off Mortimer St.). A small park with swings for the younger kids. A great place just to have a rest for a while or for a small family picnic.

Rowan Park   At the corner of Rowan St. and Thistle St. just northeast of Doncaster school. A very small park just the right size for the little ones.

Schools

Campus View Elementary School   3900 Gordon Head Road. This kindergarten to grade 5 public school has both an English program and a French immersion program, where children can learn in French starting in kindergarten or grade one (no previous French necessary). Campus View also has two playgrounds and several outdoor basketball courts, which you can use when the school is not in session. The schoolyard is also a great place to fly a kite, kick a ball, learn to ride a bike, etc.

Cedar Hill Middle School   3910 Cedar Hill Road, across from the Nellie McClung library. This public school’s students are in grades 6-8. Campus View’s French immersion students generally advance to this school, as well as many students in the English track from around the area. The schoolyard can be used by the public during daylight hours when school is not in session.

Doncaster Elementary School   1525 Rowan Street at Cedar Hill Road. This popular kindergarten to grade 5 public school also has a English and French immersion programs. Doncaster also has two playgrounds and fields, which you can use when the school is not in session.

Nellie McClung Library   Part of the Greater Victoria Public Library. 3950 Cedar Hill Road. A great place to check out lots of books, talking books, magazines, CD’s, CD-ROM’s, DVD’s, video games, etc. A kids area, computer for the kids, and several public internet PC’s. Free library card (proof of Greater Victoria residency required).

 

Shopping and services

Cedar Hill Mall 1551 Cedar Hill X Road.  Just west on Cedar Hill X Road from Shelbourne Street.  Included are restaurants, a thrift store, martial art schools, dance school, and other shops and services.

McKenzie Professional Centre   1595 McKenzie Avenue. At the southwest corner of McKenzie and Shelbourne Street. This building has a walk-in medical centre, medical testing laboratory, medical and other professionals, and other services and shops. To the east is a good-sized grocery store.

Shelbourne Plaza   3601 – 3667 Shelbourne Street. At the southeast corner of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road. This mall has a good-sized grocery store, pharmacy, bank, liquor store, cafe, restaurants, bike shop, and lots of other shops and services.

Shelbourne Village Square   3749 Shelbourne Street. At the northeast corner of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road. This mall has a medical testing laboratory, convenience store, barber, and several restaurants and shops.

Churches

Jewish Community Centre   3636 Shelbourne Street.  Located in the heart of Shelbourne Village, this community centre has been long been the centre for the Jewish community in Saanich.  Also a popular lunch spot for authentic Jewish cuisine, open 11:30-1:30 Tuesdays through Fridays.

Lutheran Church of the Cross   3787 Cedar Hill Road. At the southeast corner of Cedar Hill Road and Cedar Hill Cross Road. An Evangelical Lutheran church first constructed in 1960.

Shelbourne Street Church of Christ   3460 Shelbourne Street.  At the corner of Shelbourne and Derby.  A non-denominational congregational church.

St. Aidan’s Church   3703 St. Aidan’s Street. At the corner of Cedar Hill Cross Road and Palo Alto St. A United church first constructed in 1873 as a Presbyterian church. Thrift sale downstairs (Palo Alto St.) Wednesdays 10-2, Sept. to June (check their website for other times and details).

St. Luke’s Church   3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road. At the northwest corner of Cedar Hill Road and Cedar Hill Cross Road. An Anglican church first constructed in 1861.

Our Neighbours

Camosun College – Lansdowne Campus   Located just south of Mount Tolmie, along Lansdowne Road between Richmond Road and Foul Bay Road.  Main access from Foul Bay.  This higher learning institute offers many two-year certificate and diploma programs, as well as university degree transfer programs.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre   3220 Cedar Hill Road. About 2 km from Mt. Tolmie, this is another great Saanich community centre. Indoor tennis courts and squash courts, newly renovated weight room, drop-in volleyball, badminton, and other sports, etc. Also see our Recreation page for a list of all public recreation centres in Victoria with distances and links.

Henderson Centre   2291 Cedar Hill Cross Road. This community centre in Oak Bay has a weight room, gym, outdoor lighted tennis courts, pitch-and-putt golf course, jogging trails in the woods, etc. Lots of registered and drop-in programs available. Has a drop-in preschool gym three times a week. Close to UVic.

Mt. Douglas Secondary school   3970 Gordon Head Road. This popular public school has several hundred students in grades 9-12. Home of the Rams, Mt. Doug is a force to be reckoned with in basketball, volleyball, and other sports.

St. Michael’s University School     3400 Richmond Road, with access from McRae Avenue.  This private school was founded in 1906 and offers education for students from kindergarten until grade 12.  Boarding options are available for grades 8 through 12.

Tuscany Village   At the northeast corner of Shelbourne St. and McKenzie Ave. Grocery store, pharmacy, hair cutting, restaurtants, shops, and services.

University Heights Mall   At the northwest corner of Shelbourne St. and McKenzie Ave. Grocery store, cinemas, home improvment/garden store, shops, and services.

University of Victoria   Turn in from Cedar Hill Cross Road at Henderson Road. You can’t miss the signs. Our big neighbour has over 18,000 students in full or part time attendance and is a major employer in the area. UVic, as it is frequently called, lies half in Saanich municipality and half in Oak Bay. The public is welcome to visit. Catch a movie at the Cinecenta (in the Student Union Building – lower priced kids weekend matinees), or visit the library (but you can’t check out books without a UVic card). UVic alumni get special deals for all these services. Home of the UVic Vikes — watch for great basketball games and other sports. Tickets required for some events.

University of Victoria Community Relations Department  The UVic Community Relations Department builds and maintains links between the University and its various external communities.