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Langford, British Columbia:
Golden in Setting ~ Determined
Location - On the southern end of Vancouver Island, the City of Langford is a young and growing community of 24,817 residents in 2007. It offers a variety of business opportunities, affordable housing and a wide range of services and amenities. Langford is within easy access of the rest of the Greater Victoria metropolitan area.
Langford Mayor Stew Young: “We're elated to see more supportive seniors' housing in Langford.”
[Photos: Langford City Hall & flower beds]
Location and Area - Langford is one of the municipalities of the West Shore in the Capital Regional District. Bordering Langford is the District of Metchosin the City of Colwood, the Town of View Royal, the District of Highlands and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Langford has an area of 4,146 hectares (10,245 acres). With its central location, Langford is becoming the commercial core of the West Shore. Langford is well served by highways, rail and bus to Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island, and by ferries and air to Vancouver and the US. The Victoria International Airport, approximately 35 kilometers (21 miles) away, offers direct air transportation to destinations worldwide.
History (Claim to fame) - As much of the lower Vancouver Island First Nations Tribes made the area home for thousands of years prior to the first white settlers, Langford and the neighbouring West Shore Communities were coastal fishing grounds and shelter to the Salish tribe members, Songhee.
Although the City was recently incorporated on December 8th, 1992, Langford boasts a long history of European settlement dating back to 1851, when Captain Edward Langford established one of the four Hudson's Bay Company farms in the Victoria area.
Population - A high percentage of the population growth in the Capital Regional District (CRD) is from migration into the region. Due to the increasing demand for land in the CRD and the decreasing availability of land in the City of Victoria, District of Saanich, Township of Esquimalt and the District of Oak Bay, homebuyers are looking to the West Shore for affordable and diverse housing. This has resulted in substantial growth in the West Shore, especially in Langford which experienced a population increase of 24% from 2002 to 2007
Climate - Langford's climate is influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, topography and latitude. Langford enjoys warm and dry summers, and mild, wet winters resulting in a frost-free season of approximately 202 days. Lying in the rain-shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Langford receives less precipitation, approximately 620 mm, 24.41 inches per year, than Vancouver (annual average of 1070 mm, 42.13 inches.). Langford enjoys a high annual average of 2185 sunshine hours. Summer average 19 degrees Celsius, 66.2 Fahrenheit. Winter average 7 degrees Celsius, 44.6 Fahrenheit.
Population - 24,817 (2007 estimate).
Medical Care - St. Anthony's Medical Center, Life Labs, Millstream Medical Clinic, Colwood Medical Treatment Center, Victoria General Hospital.
Colleges & Universities - Royal Roads University, West Shore Center for Learning, Malispina University & College.
Airport - Victoria International Airport (YYJ).
Area Attractions - Goldstream Park, Galloping Goose Trail, Bear Mountain Golf Course, Olympic View Golf Course, Western Speedway, Thetis Lake, West Shore Recreation Center, Langford Lake, Florence Lake and Glen Lake.
Recreational Opportunities - Fishing, camping, hiking, shopping, golfing, award winning restaurants, beautiful parks, swimming, spas and local events.Highlights: