District of the Highlands
The Highlands is a stunningly beautiful rural residential area just northwest of Victoria with a population of about 2000 people. It’s blessed with an exceptional abundance of scenic beauty, native plants and animal live, and public parkland. It is home to large portions of Gowland Tod Provincial Park and Mount Work Regional Park containing protected Douglas fir habitat and old growth forest.
Highlands offers residents larger private properties of rural character and natural beauty with some home sharing small lakes.
Mount Work Regional Park offers swimming, and fishing. The Highland has hilly terrain as well as the highest peak on the Saanich Peninsula. Lone Tree Regional Park has a two kilometer trail that winds uphill, leading hikers to stunning views of the Highlands, Victoria and the majestic Olympic Mountains.
The Highlands experience cooler temperatures and more rainfall than Victoria due to its elevation, which allows it to replenish well water resources and maintain ecosystems during dryer conditions that occur during the summer and fall months.