Confederation Garden Plaza

Confederation Park trees Confederation Plaza fountain

Refresh your memory on the Coat of Arms for Canada’s provinces and territories at the Confederation Garden Plaza, maintained by the British Columbia Legislative Assembly. This plaza is often referred to as centennial park. Take a moment to watch the spray of the central tiered water fountain and waterfall before observing the Coat of Arms shields. The shields hang on a concrete and rock wall with a cascading waterfall. Each shield maybe somewhat familiar since most provincial and territorial flags duplicate parts of the symbols. There are also dates for confederation for each region in Canada. The fountain and plaques are lit at night. There is small lawn area near the large plaza with knolls of granite rocks that form the bedrock for much of Southern Vancouver Island. Shore pine trees and other plants are seen near the northern side of the park while a weeping cedar covered entrance is found on the south side. This plaza hosts a couple of other monuments. Learn about the historical agreement for the border of western Canada between Great Britain and Russia from the two sea otters, hunted for their pelts, beside a book-like plaque. Find the female statue lifting an olive branch and bird that acknowledges the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion. This monument honors those Canadians who volunteered to fight in Spain just prior to the second world war (and whose name came from Louis Joseph Papineau and William Lyon MacKenzie, disparate leaders in the eighteen thirty seven rebellion in Canada). Pathways to the plaza of the Confederation Garden are from Quebec Street, Belleville Street and Menzies Street. There are many parks and green spaces near the plaza like Quadra Park, Belleville Street Green, Centennial Park, Laurel Point Point, David Foster Way, Parliament Buildings Gardens, Thunderbird Park, Irving Park, South Park, Empress Hotel Gardens, Cridge Park and Beacon Hill Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 14” W123° 22′ 18″

Confederation Garden Plaza can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn onto Belleville Street and follow to past Douglas Street. The plaza is across the road from the Parliament Buildings and next to the Hotel Grand Pacific. It is bordered by Quebec, Menzies and Belleville streets which have limited roadside parking in this area of downtown Victoria, B.C.

 

Quadra Park

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Along Belleville Street, near Owsego Street, in downtown Victoria, B.C., is a landscaped park with a statue of an explorer: Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. Captain Quadra explored the west Coast of North America for the Spanish Royal Navy in seventeen seventies onboard the frigate Sonora. His name has been favored for Quadra Street in Victoria, B.C., and Quadra Island, which lies east of Vancouver Island across from Campbell River. This statue makes this park a popular historical waypoint and geocashe site. The footpath, about a hundred meters, curves and circles throughout the gardens with rhododendrons, birch, Garry oak and other trees. Quadra Park is close to several hotels and many other parks and green spaces including Belleville Street Green, Centennial Park, Laurel Point Park, David Foster Way, Confederation Garden Plaza, Parliament Buildings Gardens, Thunderbird Park, Irving Park, South Park, Empress Hotel Gardens, Cridge Park and Beacon Hill Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 17” W123° 22′ 16″

Quadra Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. As Blanchard Street curves to become Belleville Street continue along it to reach Oswego Street. Turn left onto Oswego Street to reach this downtown park which lies on the corner of Oswego and Belleville streets. There is limited roadside parking.

Belleville Street Green

A large anchor rests near this grass covered along Belleville Street. Belleville Street Green lies between the street and the Clipper Ferry Terminal, a passenger catamaran to downtown Seattle, Washington State, USA. There are benches and picnic tables that are useful while waiting for the ferry to arrive or depart from Victoria’s inner harbour. The sidewalk along Belleville Street forms part of the David Foster Way, a pedestrian pathway along the south shore of Victoria’s harbour. There are many parks and green spaces near by such as Laurel Point Park, Quadra Park, Centennial Park, Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Parliament Buildings Gardens, Thunderbird Park, Irving Park, Confederation Garden Plaza, South Park, Empress Hotel Gardens, Cridge Park and Beacon Hill Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 19” W123° 22′ 29″

Belleville Street Green can be reached Blanchard Street. As Blanchard Street curves to become Belleville Street continue along past the museum, parliamentary buildings and hotels to reach Oswego Street. The small park is at 254 Belleville Street beside the Clipper Building. There is limited roadside parking along Belleville Street in downtown Victoria, B.C.

Centennial Park, Victoria, BC

Laurel Point walkway from Centennial Park

Centennial Park is nestled between Laurel Point Park and Belleville Street Green, such that these green spaces are often considered one, in downtown Victoria, B.C. Located next to the Admiral Inn on Pendray Street and the paved fire lane access to the Inn on Laurel Point, Centennial Park is a small landscpaed waterfront park with a pathway that splits to connect with the two paths of Laurel Point Park. The lower pathway is near the shoreline, although there is no access to the mud flats of James Bay or the water; the upper pathway is a few meters inland. The walkways are separated by garden beds and trees. The Stores Building, constructed in nineteen twelve, on the Raymond Wharf lies near the shoreline of the park. There are many parks and green spaces near by like Laurel Point Park Quadra Park, Belleville Street Green, Fisherman’s Wharf Park, David Foster Way, Parliament Buildings Gardens, Thunderbird Park, Irving Park, Confederation Garden Plaza, South Park, Empress Hotel Gardens, Cridge Park and Beacon Hill Park to name a few.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 21” W123° 22′ 33″

Centennial Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard as it curves to become Belleville Street. The park is at 200 Belleville Street near the junction with Pendray Street, the Clipper Ferry Terminal and Admiral Inn. There is limited roadside parking along Belleville Street and a small parking lot at the Clipper Ferry Terminal.

*Centennial Square is a different site and is located next the Municipal Building at Douglas Street. Confederation Garden Plaza, often referred to as Centennial Park, borders on Belleville, Menzies and Quebec streets.

 

Laurel Point Park

 

Laurel Point Park 3 Laurel Point Park bridgeWatch float planes, harbour and international ferries, power and sailing yachts navigate the sea as you stroll along the southern shore of the Inner Harbour of Victoria, B.C., in Laurel Point Park. There are two walkways through this park. One is a shoreline path. It is about four hundred meter long. This concrete footpath follows the shore line and provides amazing views of water as well as the condominiums along the north shore. The Delta Coast Hotel and Johnson Street bridge are seen along the north shore pedestrian path called the Westsong Walkway. Laurel Point is a rocky shallow projection which narrows the channel into the Inner Harbour area of Victoria’s Harbour. At night there is a quick flashing red light that marks the shoal for marine traffic. Like much of the shoreline around James Bay the parkland was created by filling in the seabed. The second concrete pathway has a slightly higher elevation and is closer to the hotel. It is a slight short route at about three hundred meters. At just over half a hectare in size, Laurel Point Park has grass areas for relaxing as well as many benches. There are several landscaped flower beds as well as Garry oak, arbutus and other trees.  Laurel Point Park abuts Centennial Park to the east and its pathways form part of the David Foster Way, a pedestrian pathway along the east and south shores of Victoria’s harbour from Barclay Point to Ogden Point.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 25” W123° 22′ 40″

Laurel Point Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn onto Belleville Street and follow to past the US Ferry Terminal. The park entrance is near the junction of Pendray Street and Belleville Street. Through Centennial Park. Alternatively access the park from the foot of Cross Street or Montreal Street. There is limited roadside parking in these areas of downtown Victoria, B.C.

Charles Redfern Park

Charles Redfern, jeweler and politician, served two terms as mayor for the City of Victoria, B.C., in the eighteen hundreds. This triangle shaped one fifth of a hectare parkland has granite boulder engraved to commemorate his accomplishment. The park is in the community of James Bay near the junction of Montreal and Quebec Streets. There are several mature London plane and ornamental plum trees providing shade to benches in this park. Laurel Point Park with the David Foster Way can be reached by strolling along Montreal Street, toward the Inn at Laurel Point. There is pathway that connects from both sides of the inn. Kingston Superior Green Space, Kingston Street Walkway, Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Heron Street Green Space, the Canadian Coast Guard Rooftop Garden and Green Space, Ogden Point Park and Walkway, MacDonald Park, Earnest Todd Park, James Bay Community School Green Space, Todd Park, and James Bay Allotment Garden are all nearby.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 21” W123° 22′ 39″

Charles Redfern Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard as it curves to become Belleville Street. Continue along Belleville Street to Pendray Street. Turn left onto Pendray Street then take the first right turn onto Cross Street or a slight right to turn onto Quebec Street. Continue along Quebec Street to reach Montreal Street. The park is on the corner of Montreal Street and Quebec Street. There is limited roadside parking in this area.

This park name is similar to Redfern Park which is located near Fort Street and Oak Bay Avenue in the Jubilee Hospital area of Victoria, B.C.

Kingston Superior Green Space

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This green space is a pathway that connects Kingston Street and Superior Street in James Bay, Victoria, B.C. It is bordered by wooden fenced with large shade trees of the bordering residential homes. A unique wall mural is painted on the convenience store wall that forms part of the border. Kingston Street Walkway is across Kingston Street and connects to David Foster Way, a shoreline route along Victoria’s harbour. Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Heron Street Green Space, the Canadian Coast Guard Rooftop Garden and Green Space, Ogden Point Park and Walkway, Laurel Point Park, MacDonald Park, Earnest Todd Park, James Bay Community School Green Space, Todd Park, and James Bay Allotment Garden are all nearby.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 18” W123° 22′ 45″

Kingston Superior Green Space can be reached Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard as it curves to become Belleville Street. Turn left onto Douglas Street and then right onto Superior Street. The green space is accessible near the convenience store near Superior and St Lawrence streets. There is limited roadside parking in this area. City buses travel along Douglas Street