Issue One | November 2016

Tideline waves


Tideline waves

Beachpark is Now Open Seven Days a Week

For the first time in more than 100-years, Royal Bay has opened up its shoreline as West Shore’s newest park. The Royal Bay Beachpark opening, on September 10, brought more than 1,000 neighbours and visitors to Colwood’s shores. The newly constructed 10-acre park, which includes two Olympic-sized sand volleyball courts, a children’s playground, access to the public beach and parking, is now open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

“The Beachpark is important because it provides residents and other community members the opportunity to experience this spectacular area,” said Russell Tibbles, President, Royal Bay. “It’s great to see people getting out on the water.”

The opening event, which included food trucks, face painting, live music, free water sports, and activities for kids, kicked off use of the park on the weekends in the fall while construction continued during the week. Since then local residents have been looking forward to having full access to the park throughout the week.

Along the park’s beachfront is a natural launch area for kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) users, not to mention access for four-legged friends. In time, the park will have a SUP shack, where park visitors can rent gear, go out on tours, take lessons, and enjoy the shoreline from the water.

Over time the Royal Bay Beachpark will evolve as development along the waterfront progresses. Since opening, we have been thrilled to see so many people enjoying our park and have been loving all the pictures shared over social media!

Royal Bay Homes

Front of a GableCraft Home at Royal Bay, Colwood, British Columbia

GableCraft Homes

GableCraft Homes is building a legacy of exceptional single family homes at Royal Bay. These homes feature timeless architecture and modern interiors tailored for maximum livability.

“We’ve created a selection of home styles and efficient floorpans with designer options to offer homebuyers and we’ve been thrilled with the response,” said Michael Tourigny, sales representative at the GableCraft HomeStore. “The ability for buyers to personalize their home based on their dreams and daily needs is part of the appeal.”

The latest release of homes provide buyers a choice of two lots sizes, a selection of classic architectural styles ranging from shingle, and tudor, to arts and crafts. Home sizes range from 1,495 to 1,692 sq ft with prices starting from $574,900 including GST.

The GableCraft HomeStore is open daily from 11am to 5pm every day, except Fridays, at 3549 Ryder Hesjedal Way. Call 778-265-8350.

Gablecraft living room

People of Royal Bay

Russell Tiblles Head Shot

Meet the President, Russell Tibbles

Why do you enjoy working on the Royal Bay Project?
Royal Bay presents an extraordinary opportunity. I mean how often does one get the chance to help shape development of an entire community of more than 400- acres on the waterfront of Greater Victoria? I also have the good fortune to work with a tremendous team in Ben, Cortney and Jesse. We all appreciate that this is a special place and that we have a singular responsibility to create a community that will stand the test of time.
What part of the Royal Bay community are you most excited to build in the next five years and why?
There’s a lot of great stuff on the horizon, but I would have to say the mixed use village in the Commons neighbourhood. Royal Bay has been planned as a more complete and inclusive community for the 21st century and the Commons will deliver this in large measure, with commercial shops and services along a village high street and condominiums catering to a range of life-stages. I love an authentic and vibrant village experience because I know that will become the community’s heart. I actually think that the Commons has the opportunity to provide all of Colwood with a new front door overlooking the ocean.
What is your favourite sport to play?
That’s a hard one. I love skiing and also really enjoy hockey, mountain biking and sailing. I also like to paddleboard and look forward to doing more of it at the Beachpark!
What is your favourite sport to watch?
Probably football, I like the strategy and enjoy the hype of a good NFL game. Hockey is a close 2nd.
What was your first job?
Bus boy at the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant in Halifax, Grade 10. I recall eating a fair bit of sourdough bread.

Hidden Treasures

  1. As of November 1, 2016 there are 14 new families living in Royal Bay.
  2. Royal Bay Secondary School introduced a new Lacrosse Academy this year.
  3. Twenty-five per cent of the Royal Bay Area Plan is designated as parkland. That means more than 100-acres of park for you to enjoy.
  4. In 1863 the Punch Bowl Tavern at Colwood Farm opened to offer the first accommodations for travellers in the Colwood Area.
  5. Hatley Park National Historic Site offers complimentary admission to the gardens for Colwood residents.



It was a wonderful and busy first summer for the Royal Bay team, full of community events both on and off site. We were very fortunate to meet many Colwood residents at Eats & Beats, Rock the Shores, and the Seaside Festival.

Royal Bay Launch

We launched the community this past June with the announcement that Royal Bay Community Limited Partnership (RBCLP) will be building a space where community members can gather over food and drinks, just next door to Royal Bay Secondary School. Currently we are in discussion over design and construction, and we look forward to moving forward as soon as possible.

Painter Trail is Open

Painter Trail, which provides a safe walking route for Royal Bay Secondary Students and residents, is now complete. The new trail features a paved connection to Painter Road, decked out with lighting! The public works crew from City of Colwood did a fantastic job on the construction and we were pleased to provide the underlying right-of-way. The gravel section of the trail is temporary, until such time as the installation of permanent public roads are built. Thank you to those who came out to the official opening on October 6.

On the Horizon

Social Media Photo Contest

November 27 to December 16, 2016 – What is your favorite thing to do in Colwood? Share what makes Colwood such an amazing place to live by posting your favorite photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #royalbaylovescolwood. The photo with the most votes will win dinner and a movie for four provided by Royal Bay Community.

10, 000 Tonight – Food Drive

December 7, 2016 – Please help us help those in need. Royal Bay Secondary students will be going door to door, throughout Colwood, collecting donations between 5 and 9pm, or you can drop off nonperishable food items at Royal Bay Secondary School. Items collected will be given to the Goldstream Food Bank, serving the Western Communities since 1983.

Meadow Park Opening

Early 2017 – Fencing will come down, and Meadow Park will officially be handed over to the City of Colwood. We are currently awaiting installation of the final two elements, bridges and signs!