" There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication. "

John Dewey 


Esquimalt is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island just 4 kilometres west of Victoria. The town is surrounded by the Pacific on three sides. For thousands of years Esquimalt has been and still is home to the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. Esquimalt has 17,500 permanent residents. 

Esquimalt was first settled as a farming community by the Hudson Bay Company in the mid 1800’s. Recognizing the Esquimalt had the finest natural harbour on the West Coast, the Royal British Navy established their Pacific headquarters at Esquimalt Harbour. The town really flourished after the railway came through in 1886. By 1893, ship building and repair became the second major industry in the town, next to the naval base. 

That is still true today. The Royal Canadian Navy assumed command of the base in 1910 after it had been abandoned by the British. The base continues to be the community’s largest employer with over 6,000 military and civilian personnel. The Esquimalt Graving Dock still exists and is the largest ship building and freighter repair depot on the West Coast. 

Esquimalt prides itself on still having that small town feel. There are several historic walking tours to enjoy. Esquimalt has several popular parks to explore including Highrock Park, Saxe Point Park, Gorge Park, and Macaulay Point Park. The West Bay Walkway is a must. This popular pathway connects Esquimalt to Victoria. The first golf course in British Columbia was developed in Esquimalt in 1893. Today there are several courses in the area to enjoy. 

Esquimalt is a full service community. Victoria is close by if some serious retail therapy is required.

If you are considering calling Esquimalt home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Esquimalt.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Esquimalt. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Esquimalt, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Esquimalt has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Esquimalt using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Esquimalt community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.