Colwood is just 10 kilometers up the road from BC`s capital city of Victoria and less than 40 km from the Victoria International Airport and the BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal. Getting around is easy with an efficient public transit system and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail which runs through the City and makes for an easy and enjoyable scenic bike ride into Victoria.
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is less than 40km from Colwood and makes travel to and from the area quick and easy.
BC Ferries travel to and from Vancouver on a regular daily schedule as well as offering services to 25 other routes throughout Coastal British Columbia. The ferries offer excellent service and breathtaking views of the Vancouver Island Coast and surrounding islands.
The City of Colwood is just off Trans-Canada Highway 1, Vancouver Island's main transportation artery.
Coming from Victoria
Trans-Canada Highway 1 runs from downtown Victoria, through the Westshore to Nanaimo, travelling through the urban south Island region and the gorgeous Cowichan Valley. Colwood's City Centre is just south of Highway 1 on the Island Highway (Exit 10). From there, take Ocean Boulevard to reach the Colwood waterfront.
Coming from the airport or ferries
Patricia Bay Highway (BC Highway 17) travels south from the Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to downtown Victoria through the communities of Sidney and Saanich. "Pat Bay" Highway connects to the Trans-Canada Highway 1 via Exit 7 which travels into the City of Colwood via the Island Highway at Exit 10. Island Highway continues through to the communities of Sooke and Port Renfrew.
Coming from up island
Veterans' Memorial Parkway (BC Highway 14) runs perpendicular to Highway 1 and travels through Colwood, ending at Latoria Road. A left turn on Latoria Road will bring visitors to Colwood's oceanfront neighbourhood of Royal Bay and connects to Metchosin Road and the rural community of Metchosin.
Electric Vehicle Charging
There are many free, public electric vehicle charging stations in Colwood:
- Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road
- Juan de Fuca Library, 1759 Island Highway
- Royal Bay Bakery, 3337 Metchosin Road
- Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road
- Colwood Corners, 1907 Sooke Road
- Colwood Park & Ride, Island Highway & Ocean Boulevard (new Fast Charger - 30 minute charge!)
- Royal Bay Secondary School
The PlugShare website and smartphone app provides information on additional charging stations in the Greater Victoria area and beyond.
Colwood is well served by an efficient regional transit system and sits on the main roadway leading right into the nearby city of Victoria. The Island Highway that runs through the City of Colwood has been identified as rapid transit network corridor in the BC Transit Futures plan. You can relax and leave the driving to BC Transit.
Cycling, Walking and Hiking
The Galloping Goose Regional Trail makes it easy to get to Colwood on foot or by bike from throughout the Capital Region. From Victoria, the trail runs into Colwood behind the Old Island Highway, emerging on Wale Road. The trail crosses the Old Island Highway to continue through Colwood behind Capital City Centre and crosses Sooke Road at Aldeane Road to continue through Langford and on to Sooke.
There are also extensive parks and trails to enjoy in Colwood. Providing accessible, active transportation options is an important part of the City's Official Community Plan. A transportation Master Plan is being developed to enhance the pedestrian and bicycle routes in our growing community.