The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Cole Island, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. The shoreline along Tovey Cove is a rocky area while the beach area is mostly gravel and white shells. Tovey Shoreline Access has a gravel footpath to a series of staircases that lead to the rocky shoreline. This small shallow sheltered indentation on the northwestern side of Esquimalt Harbour is surrounded by townhouse complexes and single family homes. The trail from the roadway is a crushed gravel pathway that leads to a set of wood stairs, about forty of them, along the pathway with wooden handrails on one side. The pine and fir trees provide ample shade to the small uplands area. The beach is best at low tides and is composed crushed shells and sand. Newstead Park, Heddle Park and Limekiln Cover Green Space are nearby. Geographical location N48° 27’ 15” W123° 26’ 49” Tovey Cove Shoreline Access can be reached from Hwy1. Take exit #8 to access Helmcken Road and turn south and continue down the hill to turn right onto View Royal Road. Continue along to Tovey Crescent and turn left. The beach access is near the junction of Tovey Crescent with Governor’s Point Road. There is limited road side parking. City buses travel along Helmcken Road and the Island Highway.