Get Schooled: Colwood

The fastest-growing community of Colwood got it right with Royal Bay Secondary School, which has quickly become a high-tech community and cultural hub since operating in 2015. With 800 students and the potential to grow to 1,200, it has a 350-seat theatre, a roof deck and a massive will mural by artists Michael Rozen and Scott Sueme. Best of all, the school has views across the Salish Sea toward Victoria and the Juan de Fuca Strait from its many massive windows–a welcome change from dark, cramped classrooms and old-fashioned institutional architecture.

New-school: 3 new-build B.C. schools have been announced in 2019