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Harbourside. West Wind Harbour. Ravens Crossing.

Why so many cohousing communities in the Capital Regional District (I.e., Greater Victoria)? Perhaps it’s more than just our pleasant weather. 

Could there be something in the balmy Pacific air that attracts people searching for alternative housing options? Might these searchers be lured by the progressive politics that seem to permeate the region, a region that consistently sends New Democrats and Green Party reps to provincial legislatures and federal parliaments?

Or is there something brewing at the municipal level? Do mayors and council members in Sooke and Sidney grasp the fundamentals of cohousing faster than their counterparts in other parts of the country? Do they understand at a deeper level the economic and social benefits of cohousing?

Then again, perhaps it’s the concentration of cohousing expertise in the area that feeds into the equation. How many hundreds of potential cohousing residents have attended (and been swayed by) Margaret Critchlow’s weekend workshops titled “Is Co-housing for You?” And then consider the support provided by Cohousing Development Consultants in project management.

It’s not just chance that sees Harbourside, West Wind Harbour and Ravens Crossing cohousing communities springing up within a sixty-kilometre distance of each other along the Pacific coast. (Bob Stamp)

A Harbourside Guide to One Week of January Weather


Spring arrives early at Harbourside.

The witch hazels are blooming after Christmas, as usual.

They have us feeling like the flag-bearers to warm weather for the rest of Canada. 

Not in smug way, mind you … in an optimistic way. 


Today, there’s small puzzling whiteness on the viburnum.

No problem, I think, it’ll surely be gone by tomorrow


After a couple more days, there’s a lot more of that strange stuff on those same blossoms.  Flowers sometimes need a warm blanket in January, I know, though I wouldn’t have thought it needed to be a foot thick to do the job. But this weather still counts as early spring, doesn’t it? 


It’s wet! What a relief to be back to recognisable precipitation, but it’s raining too hard for taking pictures. A ‘damp cold’, we call it. 


Oh, look! We’ve made it through the week with more blooming plants!  We call these pretty little bulbs ’Raindrops’, because clearly and emphatically,  it never snows here, does it?!               

Harbourside Cohousing opened its doors 4 years ago. We are often asked what it is like living in cohousing.
It would be impossible to list the many ways in which members of our community support one another. But here are a few examples from the last week of January:
  • a Saturday work bee was organized by Gail with lunch provided afterwards for the tired workers
  • a large new float was manoeuvred into place with the help of many from our wharf team and of course Frank
  • Sunday brunch was prepared by a small crew of regulars including Shirley, Claire H, and Ellen featuring this week croissants, scrambled eggs and turkey sausages
  • Donja reminded everyone of the meditation group on Sunday evening
  • Glenna and Susan helped one couple move from one suite to another by packing up for them 
  • the drumming circle took place on Monday evening led by David
  • Susan arranged for a speaker from the Sea Change Society to come Tuesday evening preceded by a potluck supper
  • Co Care team met on Wednesday to share ideas about how best to support neighbours with health concerns
  • Tom selected “The Tic Code” for movie night on Wednesday 
  • Marisa facilitated a landscape planning session on Thursday morning, preceded by a walk-about and followed by a soup lunch
  • Friday night is traditionally Games night in the Games Room but don’t try to beat Jack at cribbage or Doug at Scrabble
  • on Saturday morning Margaret, Donja and Priska shared insights they gained from the Laird Schaub workshop on strategies for ‘conflict resoluton’ in cohousing communities
  • To see units currently available at Harbourside go to                    
A view of Harbourside's 31 units in duplexes, 4-plexes, apartment building, common house with guest rooms, exercise room, art room, workshop and wharf. 
Hello Neighbours! 

Within a stone’s throw of Harbourside, West Wind Harbour Cohousing is rising on the Sooke waterfront. Here’s a recent view looking toward Harbourside taken from one of the upper floors currently under construction.
The members are excitedly planning to settle in as Harbourside’s cohousing neighbours in late summer this year.
West Wind Harbour will have 34 homes, and there are still a few available—all with similarly spectacular views of sea, sky, and mountains as those Harbourside enjoys. Check out floor plans and views on their website  
Looking across the surface-level parking, showing what will be the entrance level to the building, looking southwest.
Four equity members of WWH stand in the southeast corner of a first level unit.

"Is Cohousing For You?"

Workshop in Sidney., March 28/29, 2020

Ravens Crossing Cohousing Sidney, BC.
We came for the cohousing dream, but stayed for the amazing team!

Firstly, appreciation for our Sooke sisters, Harbourside and West Wind Harbour. Where would we have been without your friendly support and kindly mentorship? Construction has begun and move-in is expected in mid 2021. We had a well-attended, groundbreaking ceremony in late summer with our generous indigenous and non-indigenous neighbours, a passel of children, music and of course the storybook of Ravens.

Where are we? Our community site takes up an entire Brethour Ave block that runs between 7thAve and Resthaven Dr, directly across from the large green space of Sidney Elementary School, close to “downtown” Sidney. 

Ravens Crossing Cohousing has been designed by Mobius Architecture with landscaping by Small & Rossell. The building is in the shape of a mischievous raven with an east wing flying toward Sidney waterfront and the west wing pointing in the direction of the Malahat and Salt Spring’s Mt. Maxwell.

The ground floor centre area is the ‘heart’ of Ravens CC. We have a huge kitchen dining area which can have a multitude of uses. There are guest rooms, an intimate lounge, a children/youth art space and more. We love it!
More details: 4 stories, 35 homes, from 3 bedrooms to 1 bedroom. Did I mention our roof top garden with lovely views? As of Feb. 2020, we have 31 of 35 homes spoken for, so if you're interested please go to 
and send your queries to 
Whoever likes an active lifestyle with interesting people who care about our environment, would love it at Ravens Crossing Cohousing!                          
(Barb Whittington on behalf of all Ravens)

Beautiful Sidney from the air looking east over marina.

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