Fairfield and Other Victoria Neighborhoods Walking Tours

If you have ever walked along the Dallas Road waterfront, (honestly, if you live in Victoria, who hasn't?), you know how amazing it is everytime; always something different to see and yet no matter the weather you'll see some consistent themes like people with dogs, people running, kite boarders and kite flyers as well as marine traffic, gorgeous beach front and almost always unless it's super cloudy, the snowcapped and majestic Olympic Mountains in Washington State to the south of us.

But did you know that there is another walk you can do if you want to escape the wind that begins just across Dallas Road at Cook Street, equally as amazing in terms of beauty but completely different in terms of subject matter. The Fairfield Heritage Walking Tour is approximately 3.2 km in length and offers with guidance from the Victoria Heritage Foundation and the City of Victoria a very detailed account of approximately 50 homes, architectural features, housing styles, and more. You can download the map to your smartphone at http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/fairfieldmap.html

You'll also get access to other walking tours here as well. It's really cool as it lists architectural styles guide, glossary as well info on This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, a guidebook produced by Victoria's Heritage Foundation

1841 Crescent Road: Gonzales Beach has long been recognized as one of the most picturesque and accessible beaches in the entire Victoria area. It's also one of the most sheltered and comfortable beaches to enjoy. In summer of course it's amazing but even in the winter when the tide goes out it's a fantastic place to be. The waterfront houses that exist amongst this stretch all benefit from an approximately 8ft high retaining wall separating their property from the beach below. Homeowners are known to throw down ladders over the wall to access direct from their amazing back yards the sandy beach below.

It's a special place to live because in the City of Victoria, while there are many waterfront homes, very few have sand beaches below them. They are more likely to have rocky outcroppings, a bit of a cliff or a road (not real waterfront!) and certainly no access to easily getting down onto the beach.