" If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you are active in your community, there is nothing more empowering. "

Julia Louis-Dreyfus 


Metchosin is located south west of Victoria and is part of the Western Communities. Metchosin has been home to the Scia’New First Nations for thousands of years and is currently home to 5,300 permanent residents. 

Metchosin has been settled by independent farmers since the 1840’s. Race Rocks Lighthouse was built in 1861 and was one of the first lighthouses on the West Coast. Several defence batteries were established in Metchosin during WW II. Today those sights are home to the Albert Head Air Cadets and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets training centres. Metchosin is home to Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, one of 13 United World Colleges. This international college builds bridges of understanding between people from different countries and backgrounds. 

The word Metchosin translates to “Place of Stinking Fish”. The First Nations story goes that a dead orca whale washed up on shore and lay rotting for a long time. The smell of rotting fish spread for miles and that area became known as Metchosin. Today, the community symbol is the orca. Metchosin is a nature lover’s paradise, and is known for its many parks and winding country roads. Part of the Galloping Goose Trail travels through Metchosin. This 100 kilometre multi use trail connects Victoria to Sooke. Metchosin is home to the popular Witty’s Lagoon Park. It has some great walking trails that take you to the sea and a great sandy beach. There are many golf courses in and around Metchosin. 

There are some services in Metchosin. There are two elementary schools, a heritage church built in 1873, a general store, doctors, dentists, museum, and service stations. There is also a bakery, gift shop, hair salon, and veterinary. There is restaurant and a pizza shop. This close knit community is made up of a mix of farmers, artisans, and home based businesses. Nearby Langford and Colwood have all the services one might require. 

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

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 Metchosin. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Metchosin, 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 Metchosin has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Metchosin using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

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