Ardmore Drive Beach, North Saanich

The rocky beach on Saanich Inlet can be reached using the hundred meter long trail from Ardmore Drive. The trail marker is located between 9060 and 9080 Ardmore Drive. The gravel trail is shaded by some large western red cedar and Douglas-fir trees. Part way along the relatively flat trail, wooden fences of neighboring properties hemmed in the pathway. There is a rustic bench near the shoreline. The view is westward across to the Bamberton and Mill Bay area of Vancouver Island. This access route is frequented by SCUBA divers, kayakers, dog walkers and hikers. Dyer Rocks are just off shore from Yarrow Point, the promontory that marks the western side of Cole Bay. Beachcombing south along the granite rocks to Yarrow Point is possible at lower tide waters.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 47″ W123° 28′ 40″

You can get to Ardmore Drive Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Ardmore Drive and the golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive as it curves and at its T-junction turn left and look for the hiking trail marker to the right. There is limited roadside parking along this narrow rural road. While you are here make time to visit Th-kaut, the 1100 year old Douglas-fir tree on the third green of Ardmore Golf Course and Cole Bay Regional Park.

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