Hartfell Avenue Green Spaces and Beach

The park like neighborhood of Ardmore in North Saanich has a maze of green spaces along the right-of-ways for several different roads. Ardmore is a Gaelic term meaning to “large headland” which relates to “homes beside the sea.” The terrain in this neighborhood is rocky and sometimes steep. The Hartfell Avenue Green Spaces add a series of trails that run north to south from Bradley Dyne Road to the southern side of Ardmore Drive.

The gravel pathway from the northern end of Hartfell Avenue is across from the postal boxes between 731and 735 Bradley Dyne Road. The cedar and Douglas-fir shaded gravel trail is about five hundred and sixty meters long and crosses over Dalkeith Avenue. This pathway branches to connect to Cromarty Avenue and Tumberry Place before continuing to Braemar Avenue and the paved section of Hartfell Avenue. There is a short hundred meter green space that connects with Aboyne Avenue near Ardmore Drive. This section is bordered by blackberries and is shaded by tall Douglas-fir and cedar trees. Continue across Ardmore Drive along Hartfell Avenue to reach the fifty meter gravel trail to the stairs that lead to the beach at Cole Bay. The concrete staircase leads to the shale yet muddy shallow waters of the bay. Extend your walk in your backyard from the Hartfell Avenue pathways with those along Glengelg Avenue to create a circle loop. Or explore Cole Bay Regional Park and McTavish Road Green Space.

 

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 55″ W123° 28′ 7″ off Ardmore Drive

You can get to Hartfell Avenue Green Space 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 Ardmore Golf Course.  Turn left onto Ardmore Drive and follow the road as it curves past the golf course, past the road to Coles Bay Regional Park and look for the hiking trail marker on the right at the intersection with Aboyne Avenue. There is restricted roadside parking near this area but it is a short walk to Cole Bay Park where there is a parking area.

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