The West Shore is part of School District 62 Sooke. This district offers a variety of different educational opportunities, including French immersion, fine arts programs, gifted and talented programs, and hockey academies across each of the different neighbourhoods. Because of its rapid growth, the West Shore is home to a brand new high school in Colwood, Royal Bay Secondary, and has greatly benefited from some impressive renovations to Belmont Secondary School in Langford.
Education in the West Shore does not stop at high school. In Colwood, Royal Roads University offers unique programs designed for working professionals. Because of increased transit services, it is also easy for students living in the West Shore to commute to Camosun College and the University of Victoria.
The West Shore offers easy access to the shopping opportunities in Victoria, never more than a quick drive away. In recent years, however, the main shopping hub for the West Shore is the city of Langford. Langford attracts people from across southern Vancouver Island to its hub of national retail chains in Millstream Village, or to its quaint boutiques along Goldstream Avenue. Langford is the home to many big box stores that are largely absent from the southern part of the island, including Costco, Real Canadian Superstore, and PetSmart.