Royal Oak is a neighbourhood of balance, built on the edge of rural farmlands with easy access to amenities and nearby downtown Victoria. The streets of Royal Oak are true to their name, lined with vast oak trees that provide ample shade and a subdued, quiet presence.
Highlighting this connection to nature, Royal Oak is hub of recreation. It is the home of many beautiful parks, including Quick’s Bottom Park and Colquitz Park.
Royal Oak also borders on the popular Elk/Beaver Lake, a great spot for swimming, boating, and running. For a shorter walking trail, residents of Royal Oak also border on Rithet’s Bog, home to a 3 kilometre walking trail around the nature conservation area, located directly behind the convenient Broadmead Village Shopping Centre.
Promoting all types of active lifestyles and recreation, Royal Oak is also home to the fabulous Saanich Commonwealth Place, originally built for the 1994 Summer Commonwealth Games. This public recreation centre features a series of different swimming pools, a fully equipped weight room, a full size gymnasium, and the Bruce Hutchison Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, all in one convenient, accessible location!