WELCOME TO BROADMEAD
Where is Broadmead?
As Royal Oak Drive leads eastward into Broadmead, a boulevard sign suitably reflects the early history of this neighbourhood. Because a horse farm was one of the first agricultural uses of these lands, then owned by R.P. Rithet, it is the name of one of his race horses, Broadmead, that was given to the neighbourhood and is depicted on the sign.
Today Rithet would scarcely recognize his old horse farm. Thanks to much careful planning in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, Broadmead became a planned residential community and today offers a wide variety of housing, educational and recreational opportunities, and numerous other amenities.
Broadmead is in the municipality of Saanich. It is bordered on the west by the Pat Bay Highway and the Falaise neighbourhood, on the south by Quadra Street, on the east by Lochside Drive and Trail, and on the north by the north end of Amblewood Drive. This location makes Broadmead a practical place to live. By car it is roughly a 20-minute drive either to the airport, downtown or to Langford/Colwood.
REAL ESTATE IN BROADMEAD
What schools are there in Broadmead?
Families with school-aged children find Broadmead an excellent place to call home. Lochside Elementary School and Claremont High School are both well regarded as learning centres for elementary and secondary students respectively. A high percentage of Claremont graduates go on to post-secondary schools.
How do Broadmead residents spend their leisure time?
Thanks to its original master plan, the area has ample recreational opportunities. There are numerous parks, interconnected walking trails and even several outdoor tennis courts. Notable among the parklands is Rithet’s Bog in south Broadmead. This wetlands area is home to a diverse population of wildfowl and other birds. As well, there is vegetation here that is found nowhere else on South Vancouver Island. Indoor recreational choices are abundant at the nearby Commonwealth Recreation Centre which also houses a branch of the Saanich Public Library system.
A five-minute drive away is the Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. A 10-kilometer long walking trail encircles the lake. On the north shore is an extensive sandy beach. Especially during the summer, it is a tremendously popular family destination. The lake itself is home to Canada’s national rowing teams where athletes can be seen at almost any time of the day working to perfect their skills and improve performance. Private individuals also launch their powered watercraft, canoes and sailboats for some quality time on the water, perhaps even including a little fishing.
What about shopping in Broadmead?
As far as shopping is concerned, Broadmead Village offers more than 40 different stores and services. The largest of these are Thrifty’s Foods and Canadian Tire. Other services typical of neighbourhood shopping centres are also present such as banks, hair dresser, travel agency and so on.
Are there other areas to consider as well?
Home buyers considering a purchase in Broadmead will often also look at properties in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Sunnymead and Cordova Bay.