Elderberry Way Green Space

Formed by the easement between properties in North Saanich, this green space is a second growth forest of cedar, Douglas-fir, arbutus and maple trees. The canopy of the trees shades most of the understory yet there are plenty of smaller plants like ferns and salal to enjoy on your walk. The green space contains an excellent yet strenuous natural trail that climbs up the hill near Elderberry Way. The trail has about a forty meter rise over about a half kilometer, if you hike to the junction with Calypso Lane. The trail connects the roadside trail along Lands End Road with the network of trails between Horth Hill Park and Green Park. This trail network can be reached from the turnabout of Elderberry Way as well as part way along both Tanager Road and Calypso Lane.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 21” W123° 25’ 24” along Lands End Road

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road for about three kilometers and look for the trailhead before Elderberry Way. Alternatively turn left onto Elderberry Way to access the trail from the end of this road.  There is very limited road side parking.

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Junco Road Beach Access

North Saanich Junco Beach

Located on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, the beach trail from Junco Road is to the rocky shoreline on Satellite Channel and Colburne Passage. The view of the navigation markers, Piers Island, Arbutus Islet and the waters of the Salish Sea are excellent. The rocky shoreline is uneven due to sedimentary rocks that have been tilted almost vertically. Keep a watchful eye out for unusual sized waves made by the passing yachts and ferries . The fairly steep trail from Junco Road is a rough pathway that leads to 101 step staircase. The staircase is made of a variety of materials: concrete and rocks, four-by-four ties, and wire covered two-by-two. If you are wondering which is best, come visit this green space.  This beach access is between the homes of this North Saanich neighborhood. This green space is a second growth forest with Douglas-fir, cedar and Arbutus trees.

 

Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 43” W123° 25’ 48”

You can get to this beach access from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light, turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road about three kilometers to reach Junco Road. Turn right onto Junco Road and look for the grass area that marks the trail. It is on the corner of the road before you turn onto Townee Road.  There is very limited road side parking.

 

Queen Mary Bay Beach, North Saanich

Located on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, the shallow and quiet ocean waters in the Queen Mary Bay are cool to cold, depending on the season. This small bay borders on Colburne Passage and looks across to Piers Island and Goose Passage of the Salish Sea. The fairly steep grass-covered trail from Shearwater Terrace is a rough and unmarked between the homes of this North Saanich neighborhood. The shoreline is rocky in the upper beach. If you make it here at low tide the intertidal area is muddy. The north-facing beach is protected by Queen Mary Islet yet be aware that the wake from passing yachts can wash across the beach quickly. You can also take a few moments to stroll along Shearwater Terrace to access the trail in Queen Mary Bay Park.

North Saanich Queen Mary Bay

Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 31” W123° 25’ 30”

You can get to this beach access from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road about three kilometers to reach Dawson Way. Turn right onto Dawson Way then right again onto Shearwater Terrace. The beach trail is at the end of Shearwater Terrace. There is limited road side parking.

Queen Mary Bay Park, North Saanich

This one eighth of a hectare parkland is in the peaceful seaside neighborhood of North Saanich. Located on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, the park has a coarse gravel pathway through a beautiful grove of Arbutus trees. There are also a few Douglas-fir, alder and cedar trees along the short trail. This is pleasant place to enjoy the quiet of neighborhood. Or take a few moments more to stroll down Shearwater Terrace to access the grass covered trail to the beach.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 34” W123° 25’ 35”

You can get to Queen Mary Park from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road about one and a half kilometers to reach Dawson Way. Turn right onto Dawson Way then right again onto Shearwater Terrace. The park is at the junction of these two roads. There is limited road side parking.

 

Green Park, North Saanich

This is a beautiful park with several multi-use trails that connect to the surrounding neighborhood. Two small ponds accent the second growth forest of Douglas-fir, cedar, maple, arbutus and alder trees. Eagles, flickers and hawks may be seen in this parkland. There are small grassy areas and throughout the park are benches to enjoy the view. The natural trails circling the shallow ponds are enjoyed by people out running and walking with and without their dogs.

Geographic coordinates N48° 40’ 0” W123° 25’ 10”

You can get to Green Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Cross over the overpass and continue on Lands End Road looking for Green Park Drive on the left.  Green Park is part way along the road on the left. Look to the left next to house #10945 or continue to the junction with Salal Place and look for trails along both sides of this road. There is limited roadside parking.

Pachena Park, North Saanich

This small ecological reserve provides good views of Piers Island and the waters of Swartz Bay and Colburne Passage.  There is a bench to rest as you watch the BC Ferries navigate the Salish Sea and get ready to dock in Swartz Bay. The natural rough trail from Pachena Place connects to Ravenscroft Place. A large old Arbutus tree accents the trail at Pachena Place and a cedar hedge forms a border along the trail. The forest cover is mainly second growth Douglas-fir and cedar.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41’ 23” W123° 25’ 3”

You can get to Pachena Park from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. After you pass the ferry terminal, take the first right onto Piers Road which ends as Pachena Place. Alternatively turn on Ravenscroft Place and look for the trail once you reach the turnabout. In either place, there is limited roadside parking.

Lands End Road Green Space

This green space contains a well used natural trail and secondary growth forest. The Douglas-fir, yew, maple, Arbutus and cottonwood trees provide a varied canopy overhead while walking, running and cycling along the trail from Lands End Road. This green space is near the Swartz Bay BC Ferry terminal. It can be located by looking for the pair of concrete barriers, on the left of the road, shortly after you pass the ferry terminal. The trail is part of the roadside trail of Lands End Road. From this green space additional areas of North Saanich can be reached. The trail connects uphill to Cardinal Close, Salal Place, Lockspur Lane. These trails continue to Green Park and Horth Hill Park. Another trail continues to Swartz Bay Road and is parallel to the Pat Bay Highway.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41’ 2” W123° 24’ 53”

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. After you pass the passenger turn off for the ferry terminal, look for roadside parking. The trail is about only a few meters past the merge lane on the left side of the road. It can be difficult to locate.