Turkey Head Walkway and Mary Todd Islet

 

20180127_115100Turkey Head Walkway and Mary Tod Islet is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Watch and feed the seals that inhabit in the ocean waters near the Oak Bay Marina from the Turkey Head Walkway. This boardwalk starts near the bus stop goes around the perimeter of the parking lot. The boardwalk section provides fun views of the marina and ramp to access the docks. A small bistro is found along here and outdoor seating to enjoy a snack. There are twenty wood steps to stroll up to reach the concrete foot path. The concrete sidewalk forms the rest of the Turkey Head walkway. The walkway was created when the breakwater was formed in nineteenfiftynine. There are several benches along this section and a lovely outdoor art creation. The views of the islands in the Salish Sea are breathtaking.  At the site of the old Oak Bay Aquarium, Several beach access points with concrete steps down to seashore are found here.  These access points are a favorite for kayakers and other personal water crafters who want to explore the islets and water ways of Oak Bay and the Salish Sea.

Mary Todd Islet (named in eighteen fifty six), locally known as the Turkey Head and Jimmy-Jenny Chickens’ Island (from a local eccentric who dwelled there at the turn of nineteen-hundreds), forms a natural part of the rocky breakwater for Oak Bay Marina.  It lies near the outer breakwater of the Marina.  The three hectare islet is named for the second daughter of John Todd of the Hudson Bay Company. There are several small trees and shrubs on the island with a sheltered sandy beach on its southwest shore. It is only accessible by boat.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 25”  W123º 18’ 10”

Turkey Head Walkway can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off Foul Bay onto Cadboro Bay Road and take the first right turn immedicately after the high school onto Canmore Street. Follow Canmore Street to Beach Drive. Turn right ton Beach Drive and continue along to the parking area for the marina. The walkway traces a u-shaped around the parking lot.There is street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

You can get to Turkey Head Walkway and the Marina from Oak Bay Avenue to Beach Drive.  Ample parking can be found the lot near the Marina and Restaurant.

Start your walk at the bridge at Beach Drive and walk on the tidal beach or on the sidewalk.  Continue along the sidewalk to Haynes Park, in about 30 minutes, or Willow Beach Park, in about 60 minutes. Several buses provide service to close to this park.

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Fireman’s Park

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Fireman’s Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A brick building and fire tower house the fire station and police department for the Municipality of Oak Bay.  Across the parking lot is Fireman’s Park.  It includes Jack Groove’s field and baseball diamonds.  The eastern diamond is shaded by a couple of tall giant sequoia trees. There are several tall Garry oak trees near the play areas. Fireman’s Park is a good place for throwing around the baseball or frisbee as well as catching a baseball game during the season.  There is a playground with a slide, swings and sandbox.  A monkey bar completes the play area. Bowker Creek Park is across St Ann’s Street and the Oak Bay Community Garden plots are across the Monteith Road. This is a place to start your walk along Bowker Creek Walkway.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 46”  W123º 18’ 42”

Fireman’s Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off of Foul Bay Road onto Cadboro Bay Road then take the first right turn after the high school onto Canmore Street. Continue along Canmore to reach St Ann’s Street and turn right onto St Ann’s Street.  The park is on the left side of the fire hall and buildings. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

Monteith Riparian Garden

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Monteith Riparian Garden is an Oak Bay Community Garden located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small green space borders along both riparian banks of Bowker Creek. The allotment gardens are private green spaces for local residents to produce various foods for themselves. There a small narrow woodchip covered pathway between the plots and a lovely place to rest and watch the waters in Bowker Creek in a slight less channelized section of the urban creek. There are tall London Plane trees shade the gardens. There are many different species of shrubs including blackberries, snow berries and ocean spray that cover the grounds outside the garden plots. Fireman’s Park is across the road and Willows Beach is nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 48”  W123º 18’ 35”

Monteith Riparian Garden can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off of Foul Bay Road onto Cadboro Bay Road then take the first right turn after the high school onto Canmore Street. Continue along Canmore to reach Monteith Street and turn right onto Monteith Street.  The gardens are on the left where there is limited street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

Memorial Garden, St Mary

Memorial Garden of the St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small green space is surrounded by the congregation buildings on three sides and is access from along Elgin Street. Stroll along the concrete walkway that has several memorial plaques on the walls in the raised garden beds. There are also a few benches to rest, mediate and enjoy the peaceful garden where beloved ones rest. Elgin Yale Green Space and Goldsmith Elgin Green Space are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 41”  W123º 19’ 9”

Memorial Garden can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdown Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Bryan Road. Turn left onto Bryan Road and look for the church at the junction with Elgin Road. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

Elgin Yale Green Space

 

Elgin Yale Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small green space connects Elgin Street to Yale Road. The concrete sidewalk parallels the stain glass windows on the wall of Saint Mary the Virgin Anglican Church. The narrow strip of grass hosts several small trees that provide shade for the parking lot that lies to north. The pathway becomes a gravel trail as it connects with Yale Road. Elgin Road lies in the poet neighborhood of Oak Bay and was once called Burns Street. Its present name is reminiscent of the community in Scotland. Mr. James Murray Yale provides the name for Yale Street. Mr. Yale was with the Hudson Bay Company from eighteen thirty-three to eighteen fifty-nine as the chief trader.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 41”  W123º 19’ 9”

Elgin Bryan Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdown Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Byron Street. Turn left ton Bryon Street and continue to the junction with Elgin Road. Look for the green space on the north side of the church. There is a parking lot as well as limited street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

Bowker Creek Park

Bowker Creek Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Bowker Creek originates near Cedar Hill Golf Course and Shelborne Street; its watershed encompasses over one thousand hectares including waters that drain from Mount Tolmie and parts of the University of Victoria.  The creek is not visible at Shakespeare Street and Hillside Avenue as it flows southeast towards Beach Drive.  The streets and avenues of Oak Bay and Victoria often cover this urban creek as it makes its way toward the ocean.  Bowker Creek is visible as it passes by several schoolyards: Richmond Elementary School, Oak Bay Secondary High School, and Glenlyon School.  This creek empties into the ocean at south end of Willows Beach Park near Glenlyon School.  Only a short section of the creek has been developed as a public walkway.  The walkway starts near the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road and continues in a southeastern direction towards Oak Bay High School. The walkway stops near the Oak Bay Fire Department as the creek is underground until it passes by Fireman’s Park and ball diamond. This sections of the creek borders on the Oak Bay informal garden beds on Monteith Street. The creek is bordered by private property until it reaches Beach Drive near the Glenlyon Nothfolk School grounds and reaches the ocean. Ducks and other waterfowl can frequently be seen in the creek.  If you go there in the spring, you may even see some ducklings. The walkway continues east toward the ocean.  You follow the creek behind the schoolyard and walk eastward for about 20 minutes.  If you continue to walk to St. Ann Street turn left and continue your walk around the corner to the Fireman’s Park.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Bowker Creek Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to the Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left onto Cadboro Bay Road and then right to park at the Oak Bay Recreation Center or continue along to Oak Bay Secondary School off Cadboro Bay Road.  The pathway can be accessed both places.  Several buses provide service to different sections of the creek.

Henderson Green Space

Henderson Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The walkway between Kings Road and Carrick Street is like a lane way whereas the section from Kings to Newton Avenue is a foot path. This route makes for a pleasant stroll to the green space at Oak Bay High School. The walkway is lined by the various wood fences of the bordering properties and shaded by several tall trees including arbutus and garry oak. There are also several smaller shrubs such as blackberries, snow berries and ocean spray. Henderson Park is nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 15”  W123º 19’ 7”

Henderson Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue reach Kings Road. Turn left onto Kings Road and look for the pathway on both sides of the road near homes 2051 and 2501. There is street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.