Lillian Hoffar Park, North Saanich

Lillian Hoffar Park sign Lillian Hoffar Park 1Donated by the Hoffar family in 1978, the one and half hectare property provides access to the foreshore area Tsehum Harbour. The view is toward Curtis Point and out to the Salish Sea and islands. The roadway to the property is bordered by blackberries and alder trees. As you reach the property, named Windward by the Hoffar family, you start to get enticing glimpses of the waters through the mature forest of cedar, Douglas-fir and Arbutus trees. The property was a homestead and boat yard for many years.  There is evidence of a lawn with fruit trees and garden beds as well as foundations of the buildings. The shoreline is mostly rocky and some coarse pebbles yet the breakwater, that extends into Mill End of Tsehum Harbour, is a fun place to walk along if you have good balance. There are also shells and organic debris piles located near the shoreline indicating earlier usage of this property by the Tseycum First Nations. The waterfront has a couple of benches and picnic tables which are useful for observing the birds and other marine life of waters in Tsehum Harbour Bird Sanctuary. This is peaceful urban parkland.

Geographic coordinates N48° 40′ 08″ W123° 25′ 02″

You can reach Lillian Hoffar Park from Pat Bay Highway. Before you reach the ferry terminal turn right onto McDonald Park Road and then left at the signage for the park into a small parking lot. An information sign is beside the parking area. The barrier marks the original driveway to the property. A city bus travels along McDonald Park Road past this park.

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