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20140510_114018Located along the southern shore line of the Gorge Waterway called Selkirk Water, Banfield Park is a 6.34 hectare neighborhood park and more. This park is a peaceful place with views down to the waters from most spots, you can even catch the Victoria Harbour Ferry from the public dock on The Gorge. This is good spot to launch personal water vessels, as long as you can carry them to the shore. There are some gorgeous plant displays and plenty of benches for resting. There are also picnic tables and other great sites for lounging and lunching. The toddler and child sets of playground equipment have climbing apparatus, swings, wobbly steps, slides and a spring teeter- totter on a woodchip base. There are two tennis courts, fenced, as well as a basketball court. With about a thousand meters of trails, this park is an fabulous place to explore the outdoors. A paved pathway leads eastward toward the Selkirk Trestle Bridge from the junction of Style Street and Selkirk Avenue. It is considered part of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail on some maps. Much of the forest area is Garry Oak trees but there are several other trees and shrubs in the park. The Vic West Community building is border by a tea garden and is close to the allotment gardens and orchard. Dogs can be off leash early morning and later evening hours in summer time and all day in the winter months.

 

Geographic coordinates N48° 26’ 15” W123° 23’ 16”

 

Banfield Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn west onto Bay Street and continue across the Ellice Point Bridge. At the first lights turn right onto Skinner Street (a sharp right puts you onto Tyee Road). Skinner Street turns to become Craigflower Road a couple of blocks along. Banfield Park is on the right of the Craigflower Road as you reach Styles Street. There is limited roadside parking. A city bus travels along Craigflower Road from downtown.

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