Shaped like a panhandle, the Camosun neighbourhood juts out of Saanich into a peninsula surrounded by Victoria and Oak Bay. The neighbourhood is fairly expansive – it extends north from the Royal Jubilee Hospital to Derby Road and Cedar Avenue through the Shelbourne and Richmond Road corridors.
It’s a popular choice for young families, hospital workers and of course students attending Camosun College or Uvic.
Formed by 5 young individuals who had a vision for a venue that would be family friendly and comfortable, while staying true to the Westcoast. Catering to a diverse demographic, McRae’s menu offers a wide range of dishes sure to please all ages.
Hike the 120 meters to the top of Mt. Tolmie to take in the pleasing panoramic views of Saanich and Victoria all the way across to the Olympic Mountain Range or over to Mt Baker. Not enough energy? A drive up the hill at twilight is also a special treat.
Calling this “grocery store sushi” doesn’t do it justice. It’s big, tasty and extremely fresh. Fujiyas takeout range is quite impressive and very inexpensive – they also have take out donburi, sashimi and kara-age.
Bolen Books is an owner-operated, family-run enterprise. At 19,800 square feet it’s the largest independent bookstore in B.C. Not just books it has a wonderful selection of puzzles, games, toys and other gift products. A great one- stop shop for gift giving from young to old.
Hillside Coffee & Tea
It’s not just coffee and laptops in here- in the evenings you’ll find live music, stand up comedy and a poetry night every Friday. Located straight across from Hillside Mall there is ample seating making it a great hangout for students and locals.
Friendly, authentic staff and really good pizza. The desserts are delicious and the coffee is always fresh and hot. Conngrats to the owners and staff for bringing a great attitude and great pizza to this Saanich neighbourhood