Towner Road Trail

Skirting along the shoreline and waterfront homes of Towner Bay, the Towner Road Trail connects Towner Road to Derrick Road and to Towner Park Road. A lovely trail through second growth Douglas fir forest while surrounded by residential homes, the trail can be reached from the southern end of Derrick Road as well as from the west end of Towner Park Road. The pathway is gravel along some sections and in other the trail is padded with wood chips. Either way this route is lovely along its one hundred and seventy meter length from Derrick Road as there is only a slight slope. The trail from the end of Towner Road to Towner Park Road is more rolling and curving over its two hundred and fifty meter length. This part of the trail meanders along the ridge of small creek that drains into Towner Bay, passes by a garden with some large rhododendrons. This pathway is a great spot to walk your dog, include in a cycling tour of Deep Cove as well as just relax and meander along.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 17″ W123° 28′ 18″

You can get to Towner Road Trail from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Derrick Road. Turn left and continue along Derrick Road until you reach the junction with Norris Road. Look for the hiking trail marker across the intersection. There is roadside parking.

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Towner Road Green Space

The forty meter long pathway is clear of most vegetation right to the fences that border the green space. The beach access consists of 15 steps down a well designed concrete and rock staircase complete with hand rail. This fine gravel and sandy beach is narrow at high tides since most of the properties have concrete retaining walls built right to the edge of the ocean. At lower tides there is plenty of room to explore. The view is across the waters of Saanich Inlet toward Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea makes this a lovely place to start a walking or cycling tour around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich. If you walk along Towner Road you can reach Towner Road Trail which connects to Warrior Point Trail. Both excellent pathways in your backyard.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 18″ W123° 28′ 49″

You can get to Norris Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Turn left and continue along the road until you reach Towner Road. Look for the trail marker right near this intersection. There is limited roadside parking along Madrona Drive and no parking along Tower Road.

Norris Road Green Space

Surrounded by residential homes, the green space at the watery end of Norris Road provides access to the cobble and sandy shores Saanich Inlet. The short fifteen meter trail to the long concrete and rock staircase provides good access to a south facing beach. This area can be a popular place for people of all ages as the rocks and water get warm during the summer and make it terrific for swimming. The view is across the waters of Saanich Inlet toward Mill Bay and Cherry Point on Vancouver Island. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea make this a lovely place to start a walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich. Towner Road Green Space and Trail is a few meters along Madrona Drive to the south.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 18″ W123° 28′ 49″

You can get to Norris Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Turn left and continue along the road until you reach Norris Road. Look for the wide pathway on the right near this intersection. There is limited roadside parking.

Downey Road Green Space

Surrounded by residential homes, the green space at the watery end of Downey Road once provided access to the excellent sandstone shore of Saanich Inlet. At the moment this green space provides good views across the waters of Saanich Inlet. Mill Bay and Cherry Point on Vancouver Island can also be seen.  The wooden water chute and culvert that direct water down the cliff makes this place a curiosity to visit. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea make this a lovely place to start a walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 25″ W123° 28′ 50″

You can get to Downey Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Turn left and continue along the road until you reach Downey Road. Look for the small trail on the right near this intersection. There is limited roadside parking.

Cromar Road Green Space

Stroll along the thirty meter trail in the green space of Cromar Road, down a couple of dozen solid stairs to reach a  concrete landing overlooking a lovely cobble and sand beach. The landing has a bench made for contemplation and meditation during the quiet times. Interestingly the landing has the numbers 1951 stamped on the lowest staircase. Despite being closed in by the residential homes, the beach off of Cromar Road is excellent at lower tides.  The view is across the waters of Saanich Inlet toward Cherry Point on Vancouver Island. This green space along the Salish Sea could be included in a walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 31″ W123° 28′ 55″

You can get to Cromar Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road and continue until you pass across West Saanich Road and reach Madrona Drive. Turn left onto Madrona Drive and look for the intersection with Cromar Road. The beach access is to the right while Cromar Road is the left. There is limited roadside parking.

 

R.O. Bull Park

This three quarters of a hectare parkland has short trails through a wonderful grove of century-old Western red cedar  and Douglas-fir trees.  There are two gravel trails in this natural park which connects Wain Road to Dallain Place. The park is named after Roland Osborne Bull, a community and nature minded business man who founded the Victoria’s Boys Club. This park one of few areas that shows remnants of the forests of Saanich Peninsula prior to European settlement.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 37″ W123° 28′ 48″

You can get to R.O. Bull Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road. The park is located part way down the hill after  Deep Cove Road. There is limited roadside parking.

Coal Point Lane Green Space

Coal Point Lane Green Space provides access to the point of land that marks the southern side of Deep Cove. The short trail includes a seven step staircase that leads to a rustic wooden bench. The rocky shoreline is not easily accessed due to the height off the water and the proximity of the nearby homes. This area may be windier than some of the other beach access areas even with the protection of the willows and fir trees. The view is across the waters of Deep Cove toward Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea make this a lovely place to include in your walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 38″ W123° 29′ 12″

You can get to Coal Point Lane Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Coal Point Lane starts across this drive where there is limited roadside parking beside Madrona Drive Green.