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Royal Bay, Colwood’s master planned seaside village continues its growth into 2020 with two new additions to its GableCraft Homes community. The first units of both Compass townhomes and the third phase of singlefamily homes are now available.

The two- and three-bedroom Compass townhomes will add 58 units of open concept living to Royal Bay. All units feature lofty 9’ ceilings with bright, inviting windows—perfect for morning coffee, contemplation and glimpses out across the Salish Sea. Standard features include engineered stone kitchen countertops, a spacious bathtub with tile-surround, and your choice of curated, coastal-inspired interior colour schemes.

One of the most common comments GableCraft Homes receives from Royal Bay residents is that they would love to have access to food and coffee services in their neighbourhood. The good news is that while planning and design of The Commons is underway, GableCraft is applying to the City of Colwood for approval of a temporary coffee and light fare establishment, outdoor seating and walk-up and drive-thru access, as well as a small food truck.

Working with Sequoia Coffee, a local partnership between 2% Jazz and Truffles Catering, GableCraft Homes hopes to have things in place in the New Year. It will be located on the southside of Latoria Boulevard at Ryder Hesjedal Way.

Royal Bay is blooming and booming! And there’s no slowing down on the horizon for GableCraft Homes.

You may have already heard that the West Shore’s only seaside master-planned community is currently underway on rezoning the land south of Latoria Boulevard for a future commercial village that would bring desired amenities to Royal Bay. Amenities like a grocery store, an elementary school and more park space! In the meantime, they are busy working on updates to Metchosin Road, installing a traffic light at Ryder Hesjedal Way and Latoria Boulevard, and a temporary brand new pop-up coffee shop that should open this fall.

If you have lived in the West Shore long enough, you probably already know that Sooke School District #62 is one of the fastest-growing and most progressive school districts in B.C. It currently has over 11,000 students in a district that extends all the way up to Port Renfrew.

For committed people like Ravi Parmar, School Board Chair, and one of 7 trustees for Sooke School District #62, its oversight is a huge responsibility—far bigger than most people realize.

“As trustees, as elected politicians, we are responsible for a lot,” says Parmar. “The budget for the entire province is a record $2.7 billion this year. It will be used for capital investments for new schools, expansions, seismic upgrades and land purchases for future schools. Our operating budget is $150M for a staff of 1,600 people.”

Colwood’s 5th Annual ‘Eats & Beats at the Beach’ happens Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1 to 8pm. The free family event takes place about midway along Esquimalt Lagoon on Ocean Boulevard. Enjoy music, food and fun in one of the most spectacular oceanfront beach settings on Vancouver Island. The area is closed to through traffic for the occasion.

Upwards of 9,000 people attended Eats & Beats in 2018. This year, there are even more features and activities to experience on the street, sand, sea and sky.

It’s hard to believe that the Royal Bay development in Colwood was the site of a former gravel quarry. Even more incomprehensible is how this huge, century-old gravel pit is being transformed into a spectacular 419-acre master-planned, seaside community with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Even more incomprehensible is how this huge, century-old gravel pit is being transformed into a spectacular 419-acre master-planned, seaside community with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Colwood’s 4th Annual ‘Eats & Beats at the Beach’ happens Saturday, July 7, 2018. Join a few thousand friends on our breathtaking oceanfront beach with live bands, favourite local food trucks, and free fun stuff all day long. The event takes place about midway along Esquimalt Lagoon on Ocean Boulevard. The area is closed to through traffic so the party happens on the street, in the sand and sea and in the sky!