Esquimalt’s name is derived from a local First Nations expression “Es-whoy-malth,” which means the place of gradually shoaling water. It is known across Canada is as the home base for the Pacific fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy, which is the community’s largest employer.
Today, over 17,000 people live in Esquimalt’s diverse residential neighbourhoods and enjoy its plentiful amenities including beautiful parks and beaches, waterfront walkways, modern recreational facilities, schools, library, eateries, cafes and commercial services.
Although it’s an established community, Esquimalt continues to change it’s landscape with new commercial, industrial and residential developments which all keep adding to the vibrant scene across the Blue Bridge.
Saxe Point Park
Saxe Point is found at the end of Fraser Street, with foot paths off of Munro and Bewdley streets. Make a trip to see the spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Wind down forested trails to the beach access; pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the many benches or picnic tables.
La Belle Patate
Did someone say the best poutine in town? Hand cut double cooked fries, fresh Squeaky cheese Poutine, Montréal smoked meat sandwiches and lots more of your favorite Québécois food.
If you feel like Vietnamese food tonight hit up this local spot for it’s fresh authentic fare. A top tip: call in advance and ask for the Vietnamese garden’s have a special hakka menu, which is a rare type of Vietnamese cuisine to find and try.