Where it All Happens
Both Glen Lake and Langford Lake are found on the south side of the Trans Canada Highway, just a few short minutes from Station Avenue and some of Langford’s most popular local haunts.
1Glen Lake Park
Located at the north end of Glen Lake, this park is great for families, with a playground and spray park, beautiful swimming beach, and accessible picnic tables. At the southern end of the lake, walk along the boardwalk to watch for waterfowl.
Located in the heart of the city, the 4.5km Ed Nixon Trail takes you through forested areas and runs alongside the southwestern curve of Langford Lake. Watch for birds out on the lake, such as American Coots, mergansers, and plenty of different duck species. Start the trail at Langford Lake Beach Park or from Goldstream Ave.
2Mount Wells Regional Park
123-hectare wilderness park of second growth forest and fragile mossy rock outcrops with spectacular views of the region and stunning spring wildflowers. Not that the hike to the summit (352m) of Mount Wells is steep and challenging. On your journey to the summit, you may see turkey vultures and band-tailed pigeons, or hear the drumming of ruffed grouse.
This coffee house and lounge specializes in fresh, house made food and famous mouth-watering donuts that pair perfectly with their house-roasted coffee.
Specialty coffees, housemade sandwiches, daily soups, as well as homemade sweet and savoury pies to take home.
3Poncho's Cafe & Catering
A friendly cafe brewing specialty coffees with Drumroaster Coffee beans. Daily creative food specials and gluten free options keep people coming back.
Locally owned and operated cafe with a wide selection of specialty coffees and baked goods. Stop in and grab local Vancouver Island beans and teas.
1Origin Gluten-Free Bakery & Cafe
This 100% gluten-free bakery has a large selection of goodies to take on the go or enjoy inside the cafe. Sandwiches, quiches, bread, pastries, cookies, and more!
2Dad's Homemade Soups and Sangys
Wholesome, home-made sandwiches are made with fresh baked bread and prepared just the way you like it. Enjoy with a bowl of their daily soup.
3House of Boateng Café
A true local gathering place, Executive Chef Castro Boateng’s roots in African and Caribbean cuisine pair beautifully with fresh west coast ingredients throughout the creative, seasonally focused menus at House of Boateng.
1Salty's Fish and Chips
This family-run shop has been serving authentic English-style fish and chips since the 1970’s. Enjoy halibut, haddock, cod, and and other seafood options.
Known for amazing quality and big portions, this friendly diner is a community staple. Their expensive breakfast and lunch menus offer a lot of variety, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Mahoney – the kitchen creates a unique, one-time meal and you can pay the original price or flip a coin for double or nothing.
3The Fountain Diner
This quaint family-operated diner serves up burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and features an all-day breakfast.
Shop a great selection of quality used books, from local authors and best sellers. Pick up birding field guides to help you ID bird while out on the trails.
This one-stop shop has all the essentials for outdoor gear, clothing, and much more. There’s no store like it!
For more than a century, this BC-owned general store has been providing locals and visitors the tools needed for sustainable living and adventure.
1Accommodations in the City of Langford
Discover a range of hotels, resorts, and B&B’s that will make your stay in Langford comfortable and memorable.
Book Now: https://www.langford.ca/stakeholders/?cat=accommodations
Above & Beyond
From fine dining at Bear Mountain to the renowned trails of Goldstream Provincial Park, the northwest side of Langford is perfect for families, couples, or independent explorers.
The short 1.5km Strachan Trail follows the eastern shore of Florence Lake, offering opportunities to spot Double-crested Cormorants, pine siskins, several swallow species, and more. Access from Savory Road or the end of Springboard Place.
1Goldstream Provincial Park
Meander through the trails between old-growth Douglas firs and keep your eyes peeled for Steller’s Jays, chickadees, Brown Creepers, kinglets, and several woodpecker species. Follow the Visitor Center Trail to the estuary viewing platform for a chance to see ducks, herons, and belted kingfishers.
In late October through to November, the salmon spawn along the river and attract a frenzy of bald eagles, mergansers, and gulls (who jockey with the eagles for the best spots at the buffet). You might encounter some non-bird excitement, too, with Black Bears and River Otters living in the area!
There is a trailhead to the north off Finlayson Arm Road and one to the south near the parking lot at the day-use area of Goldstream Provincial Park. Note that this hiking trail is steep, rugged, and considered challenging.
While Turkey Vultures are a common sight circling the mountain, watch for Golden Eagles, too! They’re not common in the region, but this is one of the best spots around to catch a rare sighting if you’re lucky!
Enjoy specialty coffees and a selection of organic Queen Bee Farms teas in this relaxing shop. Sandwiches, soup, and baked goods are also available.
1Ice Cream Mountain
A small ice cream shop with retro vibes and an outdoor patio. Enjoy your ice cream with a waffle cone, chocolate dipped cone, as a sundae, or a milkshake.
1900 Degrees Wood-Fired Pizzeria
A modern pizzeria offering a variety of Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizzas, creative salads, and hot appetizers. Sit inside or enjoy the outdoor patio.
2The Loghouse Pub
Stop in for a pint and enjoy classic pub fare in this local neighbourhood pub that’s been a staple in the community for nearly 20 years.
3Westin Bear Mountain Masters Lounge
Simple elegance and contemporary dining make for the perfect place to unwind. In the summer, spend the night out on the expansive patio, complete with fire pits and a beautiful view.
4Market on Millstream
Grab pre-made sandwiches and wraps to take out on the trails, or find other snacks and goodies from their wide selection of unique products.
1Mobile Visitor's Centre
The City of Langford has a team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff ready to answer questions and provide maps, brochures, free WiFi, a photo booth, and more. Find them popped up in Langford offering insider tips to help you explore like a local.
Book Now: https://www.langford.ca/visitors/trip-inspiration/mobile-visitors-centre/
1Camping at Goldstream Provincial Park
Open all year with 159 campsites, stay close to nature surrounded by the forest and birding opportunities within the park.
Book Now: https://www.langford.ca/stakeholder/?id=17308