WELCOME TO MT TOLMIE
Where is Mt. Tolmie?
This neighbourhood lies in the southeast corner of East Saanich. It is bordered by McKenzie Avenue to the north, ShelbourneStreet to the west, the Saanich/Oak Bay boundary to the east and McRae Avenue to the south.
As well as the peak, the Mt. Tolmie neighbourhood is named after Dr. William Fraser Tolmie, a Scottish immigrant and prominent resident who came to Victoria in 1859 in the employ of the Hudson’s Bay Company.He subsequently entered politics and in his later years became an accomplished student of aboriginal languages.
Who lives in the neighbourhood?
Because much of this neighbourhood lies on the doorstep of UVic, many of its residents are students and this very significantly affects the official demographic information. As an example, the median age is 32 years and the average household income is slightly more than $60,000 per year. Approximately 30% of the area’s residents are university educated, with a larger percentage no doubt toiling in that direction. English is the first language by only about 60% of residents, again reflecting in part the effect of UVic. Another reflection of UVic is that less than half of the homes here are occupant-owned. Some 70% of all households have children living at home, and of these, again some 70% are less than 20 years of age.
REAL ESTATE IN MT TOLMIE
How do Mt. Tolmie residents spend their leisure time?
An important part of this neighbourhood is Mt. Tolmie Park itself. Established by Saanich in 1926, the summit of the park is widely recognized as the best viewpoint over the City of Victoria, Mount Douglas, Race Rocks and Lighthouse, and on the US side of the border the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker. There are some 1.5 km of walking trails that wend their way through a significant stand of Gary Oak trees and some picnic tables.
In addition to Mt. Tolmie and its park area, this neighbourhood offers several other small neighbourhood parks. Onyx Park is made up primarily of open grassy fields, with a small playground and pathways that connect to the area’s residential streets. There is also Browning Park. Through it runs Bowker Creek and it offers basketball, a picnic area and playground. Horner Park, just off Cedar Hill Cross Road, is a local site for fastball play and other summer seasonal programs. It also provides picnic tables and lots of open space.
Is there shopping close by?
There are lots of shopping options for area residents. University Heights Shopping Centre, the Tuscany Village, the Shelbourne Plaza and numerous other individual businesses market a wide variety of products and services to residents.
And what about churches?
Churches that are close by include: St. Aldan’s United Church, Shelbourne Street Church of Christ, and the Emanuel Baptist Church Victoria
Are there other areas to consider?
Home buyers considering a purchase in Mt. Tolmie will often also look at properties in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Henderson, Lambrick Park and Cedar Hill.