About Healthy Naturalist

An avid walker, hiker and naturalist, I share these urban parks and outdoor spaces with you to encourage you to explore the neighborhoods in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia by foot. Immersing yourself in our natural world, on the southern end of Vancouver Island, is important to living a balanced life. Each place takes less than an hour to explore. Exploring your community by foot is wonderful and healthy way to experience the areas around your backyard with the added bonus of frequent rest stops for young and old. The parks, playgrounds and green spaces are described from north to south. A brief description of the nature of each community park is provided with directions.

Repulse Green Space

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Repulse Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Repulse Green Space provides rough access to the eastern shore of Gonzales Bay. The foot path is between the thick hedges and leads to a small rocky area. This area of the shore line for Gonzales Bay is rocky and mostly covered with seaweeds. Repulse Street may refer to the Her Majesty’s Ship Repulse, a battle cruiser of the Royal Navy that warded off attackers. Quimper Park, the Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are near by.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 29”  W123º 19’ 20”

Repulse 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 Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Repulse Street. The green space is at the end of the road between the residential homes.  There is limited street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

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Marne Green Space

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Marne Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Marne Green Space provides access to Gonzales Beach along its eastern shore. The beach access is rough and the beach in this area is mostly bedrocks covered in seaweeds. The name for the street has historical relevance. Marne, a department and river that lies to the east of Paris, France, was a significant battle during first world war that was victory for the Allies. Quimper Park, Repulse Green Space, the Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 29”  W123º 19’ 20”

Marne 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 Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Repulse Street. Turn onto Repulse Street then make a right turn onto Marne Street. The green space is at the end of the road.  There is limited street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Crescent Green Space

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Crescent Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Crescent Green Space is a grass covered triangular shaped area on the corner of Crescent Road and Quimper Road. This traffic corner is about five hundred square meters and includes the bus stop that splits the green space. Quimper Park, the Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 32”  W123º 19’ 24”

Crescent 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 Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Quimper Street. The park is on the right on the corner.  There is limited street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel to this park.

Abkhazi Garden, Oak Bay

Abkhazi Garden is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This spectacular rock garden was acquired by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia in the year two thousand. The property and garden were initially landscaped by the Marjorie Abkhazi, who was born in Shanghi, China, and her husband, Prince Nicholas, a Georgian noble, in nineteen forty-six. The TLC website describes their history and the landscape development of the garden. The rocky garden shows glacial striations in its granodiorite bedrock of Wrangellia Terrane. The garden is landscaped into distinctive garden rooms that include a rhododendron woodland, the south lawn, a Yangtze River, supported by three ponds, the summerhouse, the east path and the house terrace. There are many notable plantings in this garden such as the Spanish fir tree (Abius pinsapo), wood anemone, winter aconite and fawn lilies. The original family home hosts a Tea House with unique pastries and artwork. There is admission cost to enter this garden. Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Gonzales Beach Park, and Margaret Jenkins Elementary School Green Space, in Victoria, are nearby. The Branch Coffee Shop and Demitasse Café and Garden Center are also nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 56”  W123º 19’ 33”

Abkhazi 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 right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and look for the garden is on the left at 1964. It is nestled between the residential homes.  There is limited street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Quimper Park

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Quimper Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that forms the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Quimper Park is a residential park with a playground that has a swing, slide and play set with a wood chip base. A small sand box is found near the play area.  The quarter of a hectare grassy lot is great place to kick around a soccer ball or play a game of frisbee.  There is a small asphalt area designed for basketball. This park has benches and is surrounded by homes and has a low fence along the quiet roadside. There are washrooms and a small shelter area for picnics. There are some small roadside trees. The Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are near by.

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

Quimper 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 along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Quimper Street. The park is on the left between the residential homes.  There is limited off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Trafalgar Park

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Trafalgar Park is in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Below King George Terrace Lookout Point, Trafalgar Park extends down toward the ocean.    The park is composed of large steep sloped rocky outcrops amongst broom, grasses and other plants.  Careful examination of the some rocks reveals the glacial striations. The edge of the park is mostly a rough drop to the Strait of Juan de Fuca as the park lies between Gonzales Bay and McNeill Bay. There is a small secluded pebble beach that is accessed from thirty two concrete steps. The park has a wonderful view of Trial Island, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.  The lookout contains a marker for 15 different locations including the Olympic Mountains to the south. There are rough walking trails throughout the park with benches in several locations. A water fountain is found near the parking area off of King George Terrace. The monument is also located near the parking area. This cairn, named Chikawich after an early village, has a plaque that shows a camas meadow with a deer. This one and half hectare parkland is below the summits of Walbran and Gonzales parks to the west and Anderson Hill Park to the northeast.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 30”  W123º 19’ 11”

Trafalgar 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to King George Terrace. Look for the small parking area near the summit of the road where there off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Maquinna Penzance Green Space

 

Maquinna Penzance Green Space is in seaside community of Oak Bay, one thirteen communities in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space connects the end of Maquinna Street with Penzance Road along a rough pedestrian pathway. The pathway is about twenty meters long and is bordered by some large rocks, broom shrubs and shoreline pine and spruce trees. This green space provides connection between Trafalger Park and the green space of the Chinese Cemetery. The name Maquinna  may refer to the Nootka Chief who was prominent in the fur trade during the eighteen hundreds. Maquinna has many spelling and is said to refer to the ‘processor of pebbles.’

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 24”  W123º 19’ 18”

Maquinna Penzance 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 Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to King George Terrace. Turn left onto Crescent Road and follow to the end. Or turn right onto Penzance Road and continue to the end.  There is limited off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.