McTavish Road Green Space

At the junction of McTavish Road with West Saanich Road there is a green space with a walking trail. The road right of way continues to the shallow waters of Cole Bay of Saanich Inlet. The green space contains a gravel pathway along the fence lines of the Pauquachin First Nation property and the homes of North Saanich’s Ardmore community. Douglas fir and arbutus trees shade the pathway while the understory is adorned with ferns and salal. Thickets of blackberries have filled in most other areas along the trail. The four hundred meter gravel trail leads to short paved section of McTavish Road that can be reached from the end of Inverness Road. A fifty meter gravel trail connects to McTavish Road Green Space from the end of Jura Road. Enjoy extending your stroll along the short paved section of McTavish Road to reach a ten meter gravel pathway that leads to Cole Bay. This is a good spot to launch a paddle board, canoe or kayak during medium to high tides. Cole Bay is a sheltered shallow bay with a mostly rocky bottom. Dyer Rocks lie close the southwest of Yarrow Point. A navigational marker indicates a reef further off of Dyer Rocks. McTavish Road Green Space is a wonderful way to explore your backyard.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 49″ W123° 27′ 49″ near Cole Bay Park
You can get to McTavish Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway (BC 17). Turn 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 North). The trail is directly across the road at this intersection and is marked by a small hiking post. There is a bus stop at this intersection too. There is limited road side parking along either West Saanich or McTavish roads so this trail is best access from the end of Inverness Road near Cole Bay Park. 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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