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Lime Bay Park is a large waterfront park on shores of the Middle Harbour of Victoria, BC. It hosts a large rocky outcrop with thirty meters of footpaths and is surrounded by the apartments of the Songhees area of Victoria West. This area received lime shipments for early road construction. Just offshore, if the tide is right, old dolphins, piles that are remnants of the barge wharf, can be seen in the water. Lime Bay dries at low tides to a mudflat with orchre sea stars (Pisaster orchracues), acron barnacles (Belanus glandulus), hermit and Dungeness crabs, rockweed(Fucus sp.) and sea lettuce (Ulva sp.). Sea lettuce is a favored food for many marine organisms and can be detected the its strong odor when it washes up on the shore. This park provides an excellent place to lounge and relax while watching seaplanes, yachts and ferries navigate the waters of Victoria’s Harbour. Across the waters is the the Fisherman’s Wharf and James Bay area of Victoria. Pelly Island, with the flashing green navigational marker, and Sleeper Reef, marked with a solid black and white square, are off shore slightly to the east. Colville Island is offshore to the west. A footpath that forms the Songhees Walkway passes through this park and around past the pub through Kimta Road Green Space and onto Mary Street Park. Cooperage Place Green Space lies immediately to the east.

 

Geographic coordinate N48° 25’ 41” W123° 23’ 2”

 

Lime Bay Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn west onto Johnson Street and continue across the bridge toward Victoria West. Once across the bridge, Johnson Street curves to become Esquimalt Road. Continue on Esquimalt Road to reach Catherine Street. Turn left onto Catherine Street. As the street curves it becomes Kimta Road and Lime Bay Park lies on the left of the curve. There is limited roadside parking along Kimta Road or Catherine Street. A city bus travels along Esquimalt Road from downtown.

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