You Are Going to Electro-Love the Westhills BC Day Celebration!

Join in on the celebration to support local emerging artists, as Westhills, City Centre Park, and the City of Langford host the 1st Annual Westhills BC Day Celebration on Monday, August 6th from 12-5PM. This family-friendly, FREE event promises fun in the sun with the musical stylings of the headliner Kuba Oms and other performances by Karly Summers, The Archers, Rukus, Jesse Roper and Mindil Beach Markets.

In addition to the many talented, local musicians, there will be plenty of activities for the entire family. Kids will be entertained with face painting, bouncy castles and more, while adults will be able to stroll through tables and visit with local artisans, who will have their artwork on display.

Event goers can pop in to see their favourite musical act, or set up a blanket on the field, enjoying the sunshine and staying the duration of the event making a day of it. The Westhills BC Day Celebration not only has entertainment and activities, but will have a number of tasty food options, to keep you full for the entire afternoon!

Westhills Langford Days Parade – A Huge Success!

At the crack of dawn this past Saturday the Westhills Team was up getting ready for the dozens of parade participants and floats to line the streets of Langford in preparation for the 10th Annual Westhills Langford Days Parade. The barricades were set up, the intersection lights turned off. The Westhills Team suited up in their bright YELLOW t-shirts, ready to direct the parade to the scores of people waiting to watch and cheer as it passed them by.

At the stroke of 10AM the police sirens could be heard ringing out as the parade started, led by none other than the West Shore RCMP. Next up was the Royal Canadian Legion, then the Shriners, complete with clown train, followed by All Fun Recreation, Westshore Towing and so many others.

Slowly but surely the parade twisted and turned down the streets of Langford, leaving no spectator on the side lines disappointed. Live music came blasting from the Westhills train station as Karly Summers played her guitar and sang live for the crowds. This was in anticipation of the Westhills BC Days Celebration, where you’ll be able to catch her musical stylings, as well as other local artists like Kuba Oms.

Thousands of people lined the streets after some visited the Westhills Arena to be treated to a pancake breakfast put on by the West Shore RCMP. With bellies full, there was nothing left to do but set up their chairs and await the almost 50 organizations of the parade to walk, dance, run, bike or drive by.

Now having ten parades under it’s belt, Langford has seen the most successful yet! While avoiding the rain, not only was this the largest parade in terms of participants, but seemed to be the biggest turn out from the community to come and watch as well.

Three of the City of Langford’s Council were out to judge the parade participants. A big thanks to Ms. Denise Blackwell, Ms. Winnie Sifert and Ms. Lillian Szpak.

The ladies identified the top parade participants as:

 

We would like to send a big thank you to everyone that participated in the parade, donated their time and efforts, as well as those that came out to enjoy it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Public Transit Petition Continues!

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It has been almost four weeks since Westhills initiated an online and paper petition to band together the community, in support of bringing public transportation linkages to Westhills. As Westhills grows, the number of residents continues to expand, increasing the need for this public service.

We still have over six weeks before the petition will be presented to BC Transit in September! That means there is still plenty of time to spread the word and bolster support for this pressing issue. Not only are we trying to provide crucial public transportation linkages from Westhills to other surrounding communities, but we are trying to ensure that all Westhills residents have access to environmentally-friendly, cost efficient transportation options, as they should have the same access to this service as anyone else in the region.

This is what some of those that have already signed the petition have had to say…. Dana said, “Many of us need public transit to get to work downtown and in other areas of the city it doesn’t make sense to have us walk for a half hour to catch a bus.” Michael went on to say, “Public Transit will definitely be needed in the ever growing community.” Patricia notes important population segments that rely on public transit saying, “As a soon to be resident, and a senior citizen who no longer drives, public transportation is critical for access to basic services.”

If you are interested in supporting this petition, please sign it and comment on why this is an important issue to you!

Westhills Langford Days Parade & Festival

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We are very excited as the countdown is on to the Westhills Langford Days Parade & Festival this coming Saturday, July 21st. This year the festival will be a jam-packed one-day event held at City Centre Park in celebration of the City of Langford and the West Shore.

For you early birds, get to City Centre Park between 8am-10am and you’ll be treated to a pancake breakfast put on by the West Shore RCMP. Once you’ve filled your bellies, find a prime spot along the parade route to sit and enjoy the show, as the parade is set to start right at 10am.

Once the parade has passed you, pop back over to City Centre Park to join in on the festivities. You can check out a variety of vendors selling local products, enjoy live entertainment and the kiddos are sure to enjoy the festival as there is a special “kid’s corner”, bouncy castle and face-painters!

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Great Outdoors!

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The innovatively planned, sustainably focused Westhills community is a marvelous place to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island. Within its bounds and across its hinterland, you can enjoy pleasant strolls through residential neighbourhoods, bolster your strength and endurance on outdoor fitness equipment, and trek into the wilder country abutting Westhills for an up-close-and-personal communion with Vancouver Island ecology and scenery.

At City Centre Park, you’ll improve your endurance and muscle strength and enjoy a cardiovascular workout on the innovative HealthBeat outdoor fitness structures. This infrastructure provides a whole range of different exercises targeting multiple areas and systems of the body, and many of the structures include adjustable resistances and configurations so you can advance as you strengthen. They provide an acute and efficient workout away from the sterile environment of the indoor gym: Here, you’ll be huffing and puffing in the fresh air, under trees and rolling clouds. And, naturally, you’ll be able to easily round out your exercise with the park’s other recreational activities.

Some 40 percent of Westhills’ extent is comprised of public space, so you’ll never be far from an invigorating stroll. The paths circumambulating the community’s lakes are particularly serene. Be sure, too, to consider the Westhills hinterland for hiking opportunities: Just as it is part of a human-community mosaic with the City of Langford and Victoria, so it sits at the fringe of a wilder swath of country sprawling westward. The 121-hectare Mount Wells Regional Park is a beautiful, rugged transition from the Westhills spread up to the deeply forested highlands of the Sooke Hills, a critical wilderness reserve for Greater Victoria’s watershed.

Numerous treks in the region offer the scenic and ecological delights—not to mention the vigorous physical workout—of the 1.3-kilometer hike to the crest of 352-meter Mount Wells. The views from the summit are outstanding; you’ll see the glimmering waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the landmarks of Victoria, and the ridges and valleys of Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Preserve to the west, presently closed to the public to protect the water supply. Spending some time up there savouring the vista helps set the Westhills community in its broader ecological and geographic context—which, not incidentally, helps ground you even more firmly in both bioregional and social dimensions.

But the fine prospect isn’t the only attraction. Breaking a sweat on the steep ascent to Mount Wells’ crown, you’ll pass through some of Vancouver Island’s most unique ecosystems: The slope-side open woodlands of Garry oaks and the rocky scrub of beautiful Arbutus (or Pacific madrone) trees—their unmistakable orange, peeling bark and glossy, evergreen leaves giving them a decidedly tropical look—and dense thickets of manzanita are drier, rainshadow ecological communities that seem worlds away from the dripping, conifer-dominated temperate rainforests elsewhere on the island. Such ecosystems are more widespread in western Oregon and Washington, with strong Californian analogues, and are at their northernmost limit in this part of British Columbia, so it’s a rare privilege to hike through them. As you do so, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, from big-headed alligator lizards to fleet, furtive black-tailed deer. You may see large soaring birds—bald eagles, turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks—or flashy scrub jays along the route, as well.

At Westhills, you also aren’t far away from the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which runs from Victoria to Sooke along an old Canadian National Railroad right-of-way. A wonderful travel corridor seamlessly marrying city, town, country, and near-wilderness, the Galloping Goose accommodates walkers, bicyclists, and equestrians, so you have no shortage of transportation options along its 60-kilometer stretch. This is an incomparable way to practice a little outdoor-recreation fitness while intimately exploring local ecology, culture, and history, and the myriad ways these themes intersect and overlap.

Whether you’re using stair-stepper equipment with a few friends on a social city-park workout or watching a husky raven alight on a Douglas-fir spire from a switchback trail, you’ll love the options for outdoor exercise in Westhills and its surroundings.

 

Bring Public Transportation to Westhills!

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A top priority for Westhills and its residents is the need for safe, reliable public transit service. With over 1,300 residents now living in Westhills, it is time to lobby BC Transit for the same service that everyone in the region enjoys.

This is an opportunity to be environmentally responsible, as well as a cost efficient way of traveling throughout Langford and the region. Westhills’ foundation principles go hand-in-hand with those of public transit.

We asked our residents for their comments. Surita said, “A transit system for the residents is very important to us. I hope there is a change soon.” Aaron commented, “Having smaller buses connecting the different neighbourhoods of Westhills will help.”

There are many wonderful amenities surrounding Westhills, like the bowling alley, arena, mini-golf, lake and others at our doorstep; the need for proper transit service is a priority. Westhills residents should have full access to public transportation, similarly to other communities in the region.

If you support a public transportation service to Westhills, please sign our online petition.

We also have a paper copy available for signing in the Westhills Display Centre at 2983 Dornier Road.

Thank you for helping to fulfill our goal, we appreciate your support!

Another Grand Opening!

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The Grand Opening of Glenvale Phase 5 is set for this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th! We are incredibly excited to present this phase of single family homes, as it is unique from any other we have released in Westhills.

Not only does this phase of development have many lots that back directly on to park space, but we are releasing brand new floor plans, never built before! This phase is complete with homes featuring flexible space like a media room, detached legal suites, double car garages and SO MUCH MORE.

On both Saturday and Sunday we will have the BBQ cooking up hotdogs and chicken from Nando’s, refreshing Westhills water and the fantastic opportunity to walk through our new Display Centre and show home! A second show home is currently under construction and will be available for hard hat tours.

In addition to the new homes we have to view, GlenHeights, Westhills’ first condo, will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Display Suite, unit 314! If you have not had a chance to view these quality construction condo homes, you are sure to be impressed! Designed and furnished elegantly, these large two bedroom, two bathroom condos leave little to be desired. In addition to the quality finishings, you have the choice of views of Langford Lake on one side of the building or views of the Olympic Mountain Range on the other!

Join us from 12-4PM on Saturday or Sunday, June 23rd or 24th, as we celebrate another phase of development in Westhills! If you are interested in purchasing within this phase, a word to the wise, get there early………………. there has been HUGE anticipation for this phase and homes are for sale on a first come, first served basis. Do not miss this opportunity to get the Westhills home you adore!

Kids MUST Play!

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The first children’s playground in Westhills celebrated its Grand Opening this past Sunday, June 10th. With over 600 visitors over the afternoon, Westhills served up hotdogs BBQ-ed by West Shore Rotary and supplied by Glenwood Meats, provided lemonade and water for sipping, had the tunes going and even hosted a special guest star – SPIDERMAN!

This playground, the first of two, was designed specifically for children ages 5-12 years old and features elements to foster dexterity and development, with plenty of room to run around. The second playground, expected to be built later this year, is designed for children 2-5 years old and will feature a specialized recycled rubber ground surface for additional safety.

The park also features a gazebo, built from cedar that was harvested and milled from trees within the Westhills community. A large grass area provides a play zone for picnics, kicking the ball around or throwing a Frisbee. The new park and added green space is a welcome addition to the increasingly family focused community.

A BIG thanks to all of the friends and family that made it out to the Grand Opening! A special ribbon cutting ceremony took place, where the Mayor of Langford, Stewart Young, and City of Langford Councilor’s spoke to the importance of providing live and play spaces like Westhills.

If you haven’t visited the playground yet, come on down and check it out. It was built to impress and the young ones that attended the Grand Opening were certainly satisfied!

Funny Money

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So, you are thinking about buying a new home and there is SO much information out there about financing but it’s very confusing and not simply understood. We are here to help!

The financing world is constantly changing. You have to consider rate holds, to ensure that you capture the best interest rate and can maintain that rate until the completion of your new home. You have to consider what down payment you are able to put down on the purchase and how that directly impacts your monthly mortgage payments. You have to consider all of your other finances to ensure that you can maintain your mortgage payments….. BUT you don’t have to be intimidated!

Let’s make sense of this funny money business. Let’s take for example the Prospect II in Glenvale Phase 2, a brand new home available in Westhills for $499,900. This home is available for purchase now, and you can move in this summer, 2012!

There are some specifics about this home that we need to consider before looking at the numbers. The Prospect II has a mortgage helping two bedroom, legal suite! This is likely to bring in at least $1,000 each month if rented, which will in turn reduce the amount you have to pay towards your monthly mortgage payment.

You need to consider the size of down payment you can afford and the resulting monthly mortgage payment. Using the example of the Prospect II which, again, sells for $499,900, please see below:

Down Payment Percentage Amount of Money Required for Down Payment Monthly Mortgage Payment Monthly Mortgage Payment Less Rental Income
5% $24,995 $2,200.78 $1,200.78
10% $49,990 $2,061.74 $1,061.74
15% $74,985 $1,945.27 $945.27
20% $99,980 $1,795.82 $795.28

*All information above is based on a 3.5%, five year fixed rate.

Those numbers are impressive! You can, after all, afford a home in Victoria! Although most of us might not be capable of putting a down payment of 20% down on a home, even with the minimum 5% down on the Prospect II, once you consider the $1,000 rental income you can receive from the two bedroom, legal suite, your mortgage payments for a BRAND NEW, Westhills home can be as low as $1,200.78!

Should you be interested in this home, contact our Sales Team by telephone at (250) 889-4445 or by email at Sales@WesthillsBC.com. If you are interested in speaking to a mortgage specialist, contact Gail Demontigny by telephone at (250) 388-4475 or by email at MortgagesForYou@Shaw.ca.

Westhills & the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes

Westhills has been involved with many organizations and charities over the years. This coming Sunday, June 10th, the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes will make its mark on the West Shore, taking to the streets of Westhills and triumphing against a disease that impacts more than three million Canadians living today – 10% of which suffer from the much  more severe type 1 diabetes.

The walk is organized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). They are the “worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes” and have been dedicated to their mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research for the last four decades!

Some quick facts about diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which essentially means that the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
  • Type 1 diabetes can strike children and adults alike at ANYTIME which results in a life dependent on injected or pumped insulin and the constant threat of complications.
  • A diabetic who is insulin dependent requires approximately 1,460 needles each year and 2,190 finger pokes a year for the testing of blood sugar levels!
  • Canada has the sixth highest incidence rate of type 1 diabetes in children ages 14 and younger in the world.

So, why did Westhills get involved with an organization like JDRF? We are committed to healthy, active living! We want everyone to have the same opportunity to achieve that healthy living standard and we truly believe that through supporting the research of diabetes, we all can provide a helping hand, which will lead to a cure and the elimination of diabetes!

Let’s band together on Sunday and walk that walk! We can help to find a cure for diabetes, we just need to support one another and support an active and healthy lifestyle.