An Introduction to Cadboro Bay Real Estate

Cadboro Bay is a quiet seaside neighborhood located in a corner of east Saanich, about twenty minutes by car from downtown Victoria. Close to schools, shopping and the oldest yacht club in British Columbia, Cadboro Bay real estate is always in demand.


Homes here are within easy walking distance of an excellent shopping centre that serves as a hub for the community.

Cadboro Bay Village

Originally inhabited for 8,000 years by the Songhees First Nation, Cadboro Bay takes its name from the first European vessel to enter the bay, the Hudson’s Bay Company schooner, Cadboro. After starting as a farming community, nearly a century ago, Cadboro Bay’s sandy beach and stunning beauty convinced entrepreneurs to establish a hotel in the neighborhood, although nothing of it remains today.


Today, Cadboro Bay’s Gyro sandy beach is a popular destination for families, as well as anyone who likes to get out on the water. Cadboro Bay Village offers grocery shopping, a specialty wine seller, a pharmacy and a Starbucks coffee outlet.

Right on the Beach, Close to Recreation

Cadboro Bay is close to a variety of parks and recreation spots.

Cadboro Bay Beach and Gyro Park

Gyro Park is the iconic oceanfront park that lies at the heart of the community. Generations of local children have played on large, marine-themed concrete sculptures at the park. The quiet beach is perfect for wading, building sandcastles, or launching a SUP board.

Henderson Recreation Centre

Nearby Henderson Recreation Centre is just a short trip by car or bicycle from Cadboro Bay. From preschool dance programs, adult exercise classes to seniors golf lessons, Henderson Recreation Centre is a gathering place where everyone is welcome and feels at home.

UVic Dog Park

UVic Dog Park, located quite close to Henderson Recreation Centre, is one of the largest off-leash areas for dogs in Greater Victoria.

Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Located right on the shores of Cadboro Bay, a short drive from Cadboro Bay Village, Royal Victoria Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in British Columbia.


Members of the yacht club enjoy a wide variety of activities, including yachting, boating, navigation, racing events, cruising excursions, moorage, kayak and stand up paddle boards rentals, and much more.

Photo by Nevin Thompson

Uplands Golf Course

Established in 1922, Uplands golf course runs through meadows, iconic Garry Oak trees and long-established fir trees and cedars.


With gentle terrain and no steep hills or valleys to navigate, this is a course that lends itself to walking, and an 18 hole game is often played in four hours or less.


Grocery stores, banks, a pharmacy and many other shops and services can be found close by at Cadboro Village. University Heights and Tuscany Village also offer Cadboro Bay residents plenty of choice when it comes to shopping and running errands.


Additionally, Hillside shopping centre is an easy trip by car from Cadboro Bay.

Schools Serving Cadboro Bay

The community of Cadboro Bay lies within Greater Victoria School District (SD61). There are also prestigious independent schools and postsecondary institutions nearby.


This SD61 school map is a useful way to find schools close to Cadboro Bay.


The excellent schools located in or near Cadboro Bay include:

Frank Hobbs Elementary

Located right in Cadboro Bay, Frank Hobbs Elementary is known for a focus on academic achievement, social and environmental responsibility, and participation in fine arts, sports and fitness.

Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School (GNS)

Located right on the ocean, the GNS Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 classrooms provide wonderful examples of learning in action.

Arbutus Middle School

Cadboro Bay is served by the Arbutus Middle School catchment. Located a short drive west from Cadboro Bay, Arbutus is “focused on teaching students the skills they need to become informed, active global citizens able to consider issues from a variety of perspectives and empowered to act in order to make a difference locally and internationally.”

St. Michaels University School

Also close by is St. Michaels University School (SMUS), an independent K-12 boarding and day school focusing on university prep.

Mount Douglas Secondary School

Mount Douglas Secondary School is known for its sports programs, as well as an impressive list of alumni including Jeff Mallet, one of the founders of Yahoo!, singer Nelly Furtado, LA-based songwriter David Foster, and Riyo Mori – Miss Universe 2007 (Miss Japan).

University of Victoria and Camosun College

Due to its location close to both the University of Victoria and Camosun College‘s Lansdowne Campus, Cadboro Bay is also popular with post-secondary students.

Commuting from Cadboro Bay

It’s an easy fifteen-minute drive by car to downtown Victoria via Cadboro Bay Road or McKenzie Avenue.

Buying a Home? Contact Us Today!

If you’re looking to buy a home in Victoria you need someone who understands both the market and the individual neighbourhoods. With a 30+ year career in real estate (and almost 25 years in Victoria), Michael can get you into your dream home.


Michael and his team will take the time to understand your needs and your budget and be prompt in alerting you to listings that match your criteria. You’ll never feel any pressure as the McMullen team supports you through the challenging process of finding and purchasing your home.


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