Investing in Esquimalt, British Columbia



Region:  Vancouver Island and Coast

Regional District:  Capital


The Township of Esquimalt is a municipality at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. It is bordered to the east by the provincial capital, Victoria, to the northwest by the Town of View Royal, and to the north by District of Saanich. It is one of the 13 municipalities of Greater Victoria and part of the Capital Regional District.

Esquimalt had a population of 16,209 in 2011. It covers 7.08 square kilometres. Home of Canada’s Pacific Fleet at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt and of a vibrant ship repair industry, the Township features stunning seafronts, incomparable parks, easily accessed urban pathways and friendly residents. 

As a result of its maritime history, it has a legacy of heritage buildings, sites, structures and cultural landscapes that say “explore me.” Find out more about Esquimalt’s unique naval heritage at the CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum. 

Looking further into its past, people of the Coast Salish inhabited the area now known as Esquimalt for approximately 4,000 years before the arrival of European settlers. 

For a scenic and exhilarating walk, you can’t beat the West Song Way. Only minutes from downtown Victoria, the walkway follows the picturesque coastline of West Bay to Esquimalt’s Captain Jacobson Park. For cycling enthusiasts, the Township has over 5 kilometres of bike lanes, and the E&N Rail Trail crosses the community east to west.

Compact and walkable, Esquimalt features a number of walkways and trails in its 40 hectares of parklands. Saxe Point Park and Macaulay Point Park, on the southern shores of the Township, offer spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Historic Esquimalt Gorge Park, to the north on the serene Gorge Waterway, features a newly restored Japanese Garden.

Get connected with Esquimalt’s captivating history and enticing surroundings by taking a self-guided walking tour. Tour brochures describe seven unique walks around the Township, and guide you through our better-known features, including parks, historical buildings, monuments and artifacts. Visit to download a printer-friendly brochure.


Community Size: 11.04 km²

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