Gulf View Picnic Grounds, North Saanich

Gulf View Picnic GroundsThis one hectare park has several picnic tables and a grassy area to enjoy a break from walking. The view is eastward toward the Bazan Bay and the Salish Sea with James and Sidney Islands. On a clear day the San Juan Islands and the Washington State Coastal Mountains with Mount Baker’s snowy peak are visible. This park contains a National Gravity Net Station, a benchmark disc #9041-1979 is used a way-point for geo-cashing yet it is for accurately measuring the curvature of the Earth’s surface. This heritage park in North Saanich as it has been a public park since nineteen thirty-six. This means that there are several Douglas fir and cedar trees that could be older than eighty years. This is amazing, since the majority of this area has been cleared for residential use and big trees are not often considered the “view.” Quarry Park and Dominion Brook Park close by to the south and north, respectively, along East Saanich Road. Several green spaces with trails are close to Gulf View Picnic Grounds including Fentress Road Green Space and Lowe Road Green Space. A larger grassy area is at Sansbury Elementary School Green Space.

Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 3″ W123° 24′ 59″

Gulf View Picnic Grounds can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a 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 to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road past the Panorama Recreation Center on the right and continue past the Center for Plant Health. Look for the park sign across of Dean Park Road and look for the entrance to the small gravel parking area and a gated roadway. Alternatively, catch a city bus to this park from along East Saanich Road. There is bus stop right in front of the park.


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