Issue Two | July 2017

Tideline waves


Tideline waves

Gyro Beach Board Shop Opens At Royal Bay

Residents and visitors to Royal Bay can spend the summer exploring the coastline on a rented paddleboard from Gyro Beach Board Shop. The paddleboard rental shop is now open at the Royal Bay Beachpark until Labour Day.

“Paddleboarding allows you to see the world from a different perspective on the water,” said Sam Goski, owner, Gyro Beach Board Shop. “We are excited to help people be part of the active seaside lifestyle that is happening at Royal Bay.”

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) originated in Hawaii and is growing as a popular sport. In 2013 SUP was identified as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the US in that year. In Greater Victoria, SUP is common at beaches throughout the region.

Gyro Beach Board Shop will have a variety of rental boards including inflatable 12’6” touring boards and hard boards of the same size. These boards can accommodate taller SUP enthusiasts or those looking for the steadiest ride. There will also be a selection of shorter paddle surf boards that can also work well for kids.

“Paddleboarding is a bit like bicycling, one bike doesn’t fit at the scenarios,” says Goski. “We have a lot of different types of boards so you can get a sense of what you like.”

The rental shop is run out of a one of kind repurposed shipping container provided by Royal Bay Community Limited Partnership. Make sure to go check out Captain Kraken wrapped around the container, next time you are at the park. You will find this new feature on the sand beside the beach at Royal Bay Beachpark. Rentals will include everything paddlers need including a board, paddle, personal floatation device and a leash. Advanced booking for rentals is recommended to avoid disappointment, however drop-ins are welcome. There will be qualified instructors on site and lessons for first timers can be arranged ahead of time.

  • Summer Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
  • Rental costs start at $27 for 1.5 hours.
  • There are also half day rates and full day rates.
  • Students and youth under 18 receive a 25% discount.

People of Royal Bay

Meet our Project Director, Ben Mycroft

Why do you enjoy working on the Royal Bay Project?

The best part of this role is dealing with people who live and work in the Colwood community. Also, I find the process of taking the land from its current state as a former gravel pit, and transforming it into a fantastic space with great urban amenities like parks and multi-use roadways to be rewarding.

What part of the Royal Bay community are you most excited to build in the next five years and why?

My favourite place that we have built so far is Royal Bay Beachpark. I am happy with the positive reception by many people who appreciate the access it provides to the public beach. Moving forward, I am most excited about building the Meadow and Ridge neighbourhoods, parks and roadways, and due to our early successful development activity, initiating The Commons retail village will be a big milestone for Royal Bay.

What is your favourite sport to play?

My favourite activity right now is mountain biking. I enjoy the challenge and the endurance aspects, as well as the excitement of the downhill riding. Though I keep breaking my bike.

What is your favourite sport to watch?

I usually manage to attend a few Royals and Shamrocks games, and I enjoy watching NFL football and mainly the Seattle Seahawks.

What was your first job?

My first job was working as a cook at White Spot in Central Saanich when I was in high school.

Seaside Summer Eating

As the community grows at Royal Bay residents are looking forward to having food and drink services on site. To accommodate growing appetites and to enhance the recently opened Royal Bay Beachpark, we have arranged the ever-popular food trucks that operate in the region to set up on Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm.

For more permanent food and beverage options, we have updated our service planning to include a café or coffee shop in The Commons, which will be in the Village Centre of Royal Bay. Our original planning for the Neighbourhood House site has changed after careful analysis over the past several months. The Commons will serve as the commercial hub of Royal Bay as we continue to build a variety of housing and the demand for amenities grows.

We are committed to making sure that whenever we add amenities to Royal Bay that we do it right. To do it right our residents need to be happy, and our vendors successful, The Commons is the right place for our Village Centre and within it, a community gathering place. This particular site will be subject to rezoning and we will be submitting our plans into the City of Colwood in the near future.


Limona Group

A second homebuilder has joined Royal Bay. Limona Group, a Vancouver Island based company, is now building larger luxury homes that back onto Meadow Park.

“The addition of Limona Group is an exciting opportunity to broaden the range of homes offered in the growing community of Royal Bay,” said Russell Tibbles, president, Royal Bay Community Limited Partnership. “We are looking forward to having them as part of the project.”

Limona Group has built more than 1,500 homes in Greater Victoria and nearby communities such as Mill Bay and Cowichan. The company has won countless building and environmental awards throughout its more than 35 years in business. Limona Group will start selling homes at Royal Bay, fall 2017.

GableCraft Homes

GableCraft Homes has had a successful first year at Royal Bay, with 48 single-family homes now occupied since last June.

“Royal Bay residents are loving the spacious back yards that have a lot of privacy due to the detached garages,” said Michael Tourigny, sales representatives, GableCraft HomeStore. “It’s been a pleasure working with the new families purchasing homes.”

GableCraft has recently introduced townhomes and will release a new home style later this year; single-family homes with front drive garages.

“There are a large number of people who love the community’s masterplan and seaside setting, but are looking for an affordable townhome,” said Tourigny. “They are now able to own in this vibrant community.”

For more information, please contact the HomeStore at 778-265-8350.

Hidden Treasures

  1. Royal Bay Community planted 1000 trees on the slopes off of Metchosin Road. If you are driving by look for a sea of white posts.
  2. There is a new sea creature named Captain Kraken living at the Beachpark, it is big and blue…
  3. Did you know that Royal Bay Community is now in its fifth year of an invasive species removal program?
  4. Congratulations to Jaimey Hamilton, winner of our Royal Bay Scholarship for her contributions to the local community.
  5. Check out the mammoth and her baby at the Beachpark, completely made out of driftwood!


Family Dog Day – Feb 13, 2017

Furry and non-furry family members joined us on a beautiful day at the Royal Bay Beachpark to get a professional photo snapped and some expert training tips, all while raising more than $300 for the SPCA.

Easter Egg Hunt – April 15, 2017

Hundreds of families showed up to search for treats scattered throughout Meadow Park, in partnership with the City of Colwood kids were able to decorate their own Easter bag and say hi to the Easter Bunny.

Beach Clean Up – April 30, 2017

After many years of industrial activity on our site, the beach was in need of some cleaning. We partnered with the Surfrider Foundation and with the help of the amazing volunteers that joined us we removed 6,800 lbs of metal that was left behind, 99% of it was recycled!

Paint-in Craft Fair – May 14, 2017

Did you see us at Royal Roads on Mother’s Day? We had a great view of Esquimalt Lagoon and one lucky mom walked away with a $100 gift card to the spa!

Driftwood Day – June 24, 2017

Our biggest summer celebration was a huge success with more than 1500 people joining in on the fun! Groove Kitchen kept the beat, while many participated in face painting, stand up paddleboarding, henna, beach volleyball and more! Meanwhile, Drifted Creations built their stunning driftwood sculpture, a giant mammoth and baby, which ties into Royal Bay’s history.

Eats and Beats – July 15, 2017

Thousands joined the City of Colwood in the middle of the Esquimalt Lagoon for a day of live music, local food, and fun activities on sand, sea and sky. Royal Bay was happy to provide free face painting for hundreds of kids.

Power to Be Day – August 11, 2017

We joined forces with Power to Be, who specializes in adaptive recreation for individuals with disabilities, for a special day of beach volleyball and paddleboarding.


Neighbourhood Nights – 6 to 8pm on August 24 at the Royal Bay Beachpark

West Shore Parks and Recreation is bringing their Neighbourhood Nights to the Beachpark on Thursdays this summer. Get to know new people in your community by packing a picnic and joining other families for games, activities and crafts.

Beachpark Yoga – 9 to 10am on Saturdays at the Royal Bay Beachpark

FREE outdoor yoga classes with Alyssa Gardner will run until the end of September. Bring your own mat and please register at to hold your spot.

Movies on the Hill – 8:45pm on August 17, 2017 at West Shore Parks & Recreation

Find your spot early on the hill behind the Juan de Fuca Library, because Lego Batman is the movie of choice for this outdoor movie summer event!

Seaside Festival – 10am to 4pm on September 17, 2017 at Fort Rodd Hill

Horse drawn carriage rides, food trucks, live music and historic tours of Fort Rodd Hill make this Seaside Festival one not to miss.