Langford, British Columbia
|City of Langford|
Location of Langford in British Columbia
|Incorporated||December 8, 1992|
|• Governing body||Langford City Council|
|• Mayor||Stewart Young|
|• Total||41.46 km2 (16.01 sq mi)|
|Elevation||76 m (249 ft)|
|• Density||731.9/km2 (1,896/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC−8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC−7)|
|Postal code||V9B, V9C|
|Area code(s)||250, 236, 778|
|Website||City of Langford|
Langford is a city located on southern Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is considered the urban core of the West Shore, also known as the Western Communities. Langford is one of the 13 component municipalities of Greater Victoria and is within the Capital Regional District. Langford was incorporated in 1992 and has a population of approximately 29,000 people. Its municipal neighbours are Colwood to the southeast, Highlands to the north, Metchosin to the southwest, and View Royal to the northeast.
Langford was named after Captain Edward Langford, who in 1851 established a farm called Colwood for the Puget Sound Agricultural Company in the area that covers most of modern Langford and Colwood. Langford was incorporated as a district municipality in December 1992.
A park was built in remembrance of Canadian war veterans. It is located on the southeast corner of the city's main traffic intersection: Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue. Although the pace of development and some planning decisions (particularly "big-box" retail developments) have attracted criticism, the community continues to grow rapidly. It is the largest municipality in the Western Communities, and third-largest in the Capital Regional District after Saanich and Victoria. It serves as the commercial hub for the Western Communities. Activities in Langford include shopping at the 335,000-square-foot (31,100 m2) Westshore Town Centre shopping mall (formerly Canwest Mall) with its 55 stores and services including major department, grocery, and retail chain stores as well as a seven-screen movie theatre. Community activities include country-fair style amusement and food at Luxton Fair, which takes place in mid-September at the local fairgrounds. Visitors can also participate in go-karting and mini-golfing, and watch stock-car racing, at Western Speedway. Langford is also home to a unit of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps, RCSCC Beacon Hill. There are many lakes in the area, including Langford, Glen and Florence Lakes, and the CRD regional park, Mill Hill Park.
Notable physical features of Langford include the three prominent lakes (Langford Lake, Glen Lake and Florence Lake) and the Humpback reservoir, several peaks such as Mount Finlayson and Mount Wells, and the notable Goldstream Provincial Park. The Malahat drive, part of the Trans-Canada Highway, begins in Langford, and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and the E and N Railway go through the city. Most built-up areas in Langford are on deep sand and gravel of the Colwood Delta.
Langford had a population of 22,459 people in the 2006 census, which was an increase of 19.2% from the 2001 census count. The median household income in 2005 for Langford was $64,199, which is above the British Columbia provincial average of $52,709.
|Canada 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||35||0.2%|
|Mixed visible minority||70||0.3%|
|Total visible minority population||1,345||6%|
|Total Aboriginal population||940||4.2%|
- Florence Lake
- Glen Lake
- Goldstream Meadows
- Thetis Heights
- Bear Mountain
- Happy Valley
Langford is a part of the School District 62 Sooke. It is home to one of Vancouver Island's largest high schools, Belmont Secondary School. A new high school is currently being built to replace the old Belmont School. There is also the Lighthouse Christian Academy which serves Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Langford is directly connected to its neighbour Colwood. The city council has enjoyed praise regarding the upkeep and tidiness of the central business district. Winner of a Provincial "Communities in Bloom" Award in 2007, Langford council has also set up an award winning program for developing affordable housing. Every year in mid-December, Langford hosts an annual fire truck parade which features decorated emergency vehicles from around the province. The first Canadian community based on the LEED environmental standard, Westhills, was developed near Langford Lake. Langford has three fire stations with a mix of 60 volunteer and career members. The City of Langford is a leader in Affordable Housing. The affordable housing program requires developers of new subdivisions within the City of Langford to build one affordable home for every 10 single-family lots subdivided.
Bear Mountain Tree-Sit Protest
Langford made news in early 2008 as a growing protest brought attention to a conflict surrounding Bear Mountain Resort. Protestors against the development claimed that the construction of the country club and high-end resort community desecrated sacred First Nations caves located on their property. A "tree sit blockade" was made to protest the resort.
- City of Langford | About Langford
- Victoria Vision: 150 years ago all of Colwood was for rent
- City of Langford website
- Cineplex Odeon to Open New Multiplex at Westshore Town Centre | Douglas magazine
- New cinema complex in Langford ready to open – BC Local News
- "Langford, British Columbia – Detailed City Profile". Retrieved 2009-09-09.
- "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada – Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- "Aboriginal Peoples – Data table". 2.statcan.ca. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- City of Langford | Fire Department
- City of Langford
- Inside Langford, a Langford-centric news blog
- School District 62 (Sooke)
- Capital Regional District map