Following incorporation of the Capital Regional District in the 1960s, View Royal remained as one of the unincorporated electoral areas until incorporation as a town in 1988.
Several changes have gone on in View Royal in recent years, including the move by Great Canadian Casinos into a large complex on the Old Island Highway, with the municipality receiving a percentage of the profits in a contractual agreement for the next 20 years. In 1983, the Victoria General Hospital relocated to View Royal.
View Royals' town center is a 3 minute walk from the shoreline, and has sandy beaches with many small caves littering the coastline where it is known for marine life such as seals to come ashore and take refuge within these caves. The shoreline is also littered with many big boulders and rocks as you approach the water line. Marine life can be viewed instantly on these rocks, with starfish, crabs, and other wildlife such as clams cling to life. The short walk to the town center sees a very gradual incline in elevation, and the use of a small set of stairs is necessary to get from the road to the beaches. These beaches in the summertime are beautiful and experienced mainly by those that inhabit View Royal, making at a hidden gem for tourists and visitors.
^Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse, B.C. Ministry of Tourism and Culture websiteretrieved 21-09-10