The City of Langford is located west of downtown Victoria and is a short distance to the Victoria waterfront. Langford is a thriving commercial and residential hub. Langford is becoming increasingly popular with families seeking affordable housing alternatives, and with senior citizens scaling back and maximizing real estate yield by relocating. Langford is distinctive for the progressive spirit and commitment to identifying innovative ways of addressing community needs.
The Langford Trolley supplements BC Transit by providing accessible transport to Langford’s commercial districts and major hotels. Langford’s initiative challenges other communities to address transportation and clean air options, and the municipal administration is receptive to proposals and suggestions on how to best serve Langford area residents and tourists. Langford’s leadership in developing new green spaces and alternative commuter trails, notably the Langford Trail Master Plan, is an integral aspect of the community’s identity as especially family-oriented and environmentally conscious.
Langford has been identified in the media and by Microsoft as a community with a plan. Microsoft has worked closely with Langford City Hall in a case study on evolving new strategies to deal with the processing of paperwork. As a result of this case study, Langford has attracted significant positive attention internationally, and may be responsible for introducing important bureaucratic changes everywhere.
Langford’s focus on family life is reflected in the Arts in the Park festival, ongoing throughout the summer. Arts in the Park feature local artists and entertainers, as well as a variety of touring musicians. Langford’s motto, “Golden in Setting, Determined in Spirit” is an apt summary of the mandate to improve and sustain quality of life on Vancouver Island.