Broadmead and Cordova Bay are bustling, family-oriented neighbourhoods filled with green space situated between the downtown core and the peninsula. It’s easy to see why this area of the city grew in popularity, with numerous parks, hiking trails, and sandy beaches – all within walking distance of most homes.
Broadmead is a success story for the regional development that occurred in the 1970’s and 1980’s – while it was a planned community, emphases was places on the natural environment, and the styles of homes were unique – many with a mid-century flair. Originally filled with summer cottages in the early 20th century, Cordova Bay has grown more naturally – keeping its low key beach-oriented vibe. Both neighbourhoods have great shopping, with Broadmead Shopping Centre the central hub, and Mattick’s Farm providing a more boutique option.
As the area was established, planners were mindful of the natural beauty of the region and retained as much of the greenspace as possible. On average, both the homes and lots in this area are larger than other parts of the city. While mostly single-family homes, there are a number of townhouse and condo developments scattered throughout the neighbourhood.
What to Love
- Great outdoor lifestyle, close to parks, hiking trails, and the beach
- Family-friendly appeal
- Large lots with privacy
- Community oriented and extremely safe
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Broadmead Village Shopping Centre recently underwent a substantial renovation, and now features over 30 stores, restaurants, and services – all in an upscale outdoor setting. Penna & Co is a can’t miss family-owned business, offering unique and lavish kitchen items. Just down the way is Heirloom Linens, a favourite for many in the community for their selection of luxurious bedding and towels. Many of the restaurants here are locally owned, including the ever-popular Artisan Bistro, a French inspired restaurant and café – offers arguably the best crepes in town. Not to miss is Romeo’s, a staple in the community for almost 30 years, where you can find authentic Italian pizza and pasta.
After selling the UVic farm (land on which the University now stands), Bill Mattick purchased Mattick’s Farm in the 1950’s where he opened a roadside produce stand. Today, Mattick’s Farm offers a boutique outdoor shopping experience unlike any other in Victoria. Red Barn Market is a grocery store centered around Island grown, raised and made products.
Things to Do
Broadmead and Cordova Bay offer unparalleled proximity to parks, the beach, and the Galloping Goose regional trail, a great amenity for pet owners, or those looking to get out for a run or cycle. Rithet’s Bog, originally donated by the Guinness family of Britain, is an impressive 38-hectare parkland features a 3km walking loop, connection with numerous neighbourhood trails, and centres around a nature sanctuary.
Once a show horse-training track, McMinn Park recently received numerous upgrades, including tennis courts, picnic areas, a grassy meadow, and an updated playground (with zipline). Arguably one of the most utilized trail systems in the city, the Galloping Goose Trail offers 55-km of connected parkland. Many people utilize this trail to commute to work, as it crosses very few roads, and can be enjoyed by foot, bike, or even while riding a horse.
With much of the neighbourhood only minutes from the beach, many residents capitalize on the opportunity 12 months of the year. Cordova Bay Beach is a sand and pebble option, with nearby shops and restaurants, great for exploring year-round. In the summer, it is a popular spot for swimming, paddle boarding, and sunbathing.
If you’re looking to golf, Cordova Bay Golf Course provides a beautiful course with a relaxed attitude, all in a stunning environment. Just up the hill is the Ridge Golf Course, a perfect option to work on your short game, and ideal for a newcomer just learning how to play. Both courses offer incredible views of the San Juan Islands, and to Mt. Baker beyond.
Broadmead and Cordova Bay offer many excellent private and public-school options, many rated in the top 10% in the city. They include: