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Cy Hampson Park - Bazan Bay ParkThis six and a quarter hectare park is along Bazan Bay of Salish Sea. It is a favorite for picnics on the beach picnic table. This popular park is frequented in the morning, afternoon and evening hours by people walking with their dogs. There are two sections to the parkland as it is divided by Lochside Drive and Lochside Trail. The western side of the park allows dog to be off-leash and has a seven hundred meter gravel trail that circles the grassy knoll. There is a small cluster of trees and shrubs close to where the flag poles and welcome sign once resided. Cy Hampson Park - Bazan Bay Park beach picnic tableThe eastern side of the old Bazan Bay Park is on the water front. It is flat grass-covered area with a paved pathway that leads to the beach accesses, viewpoint platform, picnic tables and benches. Both sections are enclosed with a chain-linked fence that has several gated entrances. An enjoyable stroll is down the southern staircase to the beach and walk north toward the grassy area with the picnic table and back up the gentle incline to the upper area. This park land was originally part of the Dominion Experimental Farms property that had been cleared and farmed in 1886. It became Bazan Bay Park in 1976 and was renamed 1998 for Dr. Cyril G. Hampson, a wildlife scientist turned educational filmmaker who spent three decades in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 19″ W123° 24’24”

Cy Hampson Park can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway to the right at Amity Drive, a discrete exit with the pedestrian overpass. Turn left on to Lochside Drive and continue along until you see the small gavel parking area to the left or the larger paved area, on the right, slightly further along Lochside Drive. The Lochside Trail parallels Lochside Drive on both sides of the road so roadside parking is not encouraged in this area.

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