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Burnside

This neighbourhood is home to the Cecilia Ravine Sports Court and Bike Skills Park, Point Ellice House Museum, the Selkirk Trestle and Selkirk Waterway development. The Gorge Rowing and Paddling Club is located along the Selkirk Waterway.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $811K
Lowest Price $199K
Highest Price $4M
Total Listings 20
Avg. Days On Market 39
Avg. Price/SQFT $590

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This expansive neighbourhood, stretching from the northern edge of downtown through Rock Bay to the city’s north and west limits along Harriet and Tolmie Streets and east to Blanshard Street, was for centuries home to First Nations whose campsites dotted the harbour shore. Known locally as Burnside-Gorge, this neighbourhood is a mixture of residential, light industry, motels and commercial operations, alongside the Selkirk Waterway.
European colonization in this area hosted an extraordinary range of urban development, both industrial and residential. Waterside factories, mills and shipyards share a common shoreline with grand mansions, rose gardens and croquet lawns. 
Burnside is a mixed-use district on the Gorge Waterway, a sea inlet popular for kayaking and paddleboarding that’s crossed by the hike-and-bike Selkirk Trestle bridge. There are several bus routes on the main roads. Traffic can be slow during rush hour. The harbour ferries stop along the waterfront. The two highways out of Victoria are very close and it takes no time at all to get to other parts of the city.
Just a 20-minute walk from the Inner Harbour, the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood is quickly emerging as one of the best places for some uniquely Victorian experiences. Step away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and relish the unique mixture of industry, natural scenery and heritage charm. 
In the residential areas there are families, senior’s residences, students, young professionals and long term residents. A variety of ethnic people reside here. Many have recreational vehicles in their yards and enjoy weekend boating or camping trips. A variety of home businesses are in evidence. There is a clear west coast relaxed attitude in evidence and a few homeless people.
There is a marked difference in atmosphere across this neighbourhood. The residential areas are homey, welcoming, green and in places a bit shambled. New businesses are revitalizing some of the industrial parts. Most residential streets are standard middle class. People are friendly and get to know their neighbours. The main streets feel busy and full of transient visitors doing their shopping or commuting to work. 

Living in Burnside, Victoria

Acting as a border for the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood is the Gorge Waterway, a narrow tidal inlet extending from the Victoria Harbour. Burnside Gorge is home to both water and wheel activities via the Cecilia Ravine Bike Skills Park and the Selkirk Waterway. The water taxi service also has several stops around the Burnside Gorge area to make transportation easy and fun. 
This area has fast food joints, diners, hotel restaurants and pubs. The mall has a higher end fashion focus. Most street front stores are in line with Victoria standard prices. There are plenty of home supply outlets and speciality shops that are slightly higher end.
Burnside offers a Montessori school, some places of worship, a large shopping mall, various car dealerships, a highly active community centre, waterfront walkways, the Galloping Goose trail, micro-breweries, a residential and long term care hospital and plenty of hotels and motels for out of town visitors. 
Craft breweries and colourful murals dot the up-and-coming Rock Bay area, which is also home to Point Ellice House, a 19th-century home set amid tranquil gardens. There’s a cluster of diners along Douglas Street, and chain stores fill Mayfair mall. Walk, bike or paddle your way through this stunning seaside neighbourhood that boasts over 20 public art pieces, three local breweries and a wealth of creative energy from its residents. 
All the waters of the Gorge Waterway and Harbour are part of the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the oldest established migratory bird sanctuary on Canada’s West Coast. This area is chock full of numerous species of birds who call the estuaries and shorelines home or use it as part of their migration route. The shallow tidal waters, mud flats, and tree-lined shorelines are perfect habitats and feeding grounds for species like heron, cormorants and eagles.
Just across the water, the Galloping Goose Trail is one of Victoria’s most well-loved cycling and walking trails. Start your ride or walk by crossing the gorgeous Selkirk Trestle and taking in the views over the Gorge Waterway before following the trail through the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood.
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Stephen Foster | Real Estate Adviser