Knockan Hill Park, View Royal, B.C.

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Knockan Hill Park is a Garry oak meadow with several footpaths that circle around and lead to the viewpoints from the rocky summits of Knockan Hill. The word “knockan” is from an anglicized interpretation of the Salish word “ngu’kan” or the Gaelic word “cnocan.” Both words describe a rocky hill. This park is managed cooperatively between the Town of View Royal and the Municipality of Saanich. The split cedar fence along High Street trailhead encourages hikers and pets to stay on the trails while enjoy the spring time flowers of the chocolate, white fawn and camas lilies. There are arbutus, cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as oceanspray, Oregan grape, blackberry and snowberry bushes on the slopes of Knockan Hill which is about 83 meters high. The park can be accessed from several roadways in Saanich such as from along Helmcken Road, Burnside Road West, Jean Heights Place or Tree Place as well as from the end of Mildred Street. Tawny Park, Welland Legacy Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Chancellor Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28 8.3” W123° 25’ 14.7”

Knockan Hill Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road West. Take the second left onto High Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West.

Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society have a map and further information on this park.

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