I loved it for many reasons
its more of a small town vibe, and can easily make it to so many scenic areas in less than 5 minutes.
Thetis lake is right there, and Langford lake. Goldstream is really close. Easy access to the malahat for up island trips
Beaches are WAY less busy than in vic. Just passed royal bay at Albert head lagoon is really cool.
Mechosen is beautiful as well and fairly close. Bear mountain is gorgeous, I lived up there on the golf course.
Everything you need is out there, literally every big box store you could imagine.
The highlands are cool.
I think its just overall nicer as well, it kind of feels like North Van. Its nice being surrounded by forest.
Rent is cheaper/less competition to find a place
You avoid a lot of the congestion as noted in Victoria, traffic into the city has been a bit of a doozie from Langford though. The new Mckenzie Interchange will likely alleviate this though. I haven't been back since August 2019, so not sure if its completed yet and what impact its had. But no traffic the drive to Uvic is about 20 mins. Also as a sidenote regarding the ferry. Its like $17 each way to walk on the ferry, and theres a direct bus from the terminal in tsawassen to Richmond where you can thnn skytrain downtown.