Amity Drive Green Space

Amity Drive Green SpaceAmity Drive in North Saanich lies east to west across Saanich Peninsula. The green space extends from the shores of Bazan Bay westward toward the lower slopes of Mount Newton. The majority of this green space is a paved sidewalk along Amity Drive. This green space is included here since it contains the pedestrian bridge that connects the Sansbury neighborhood to the shoreline of Bazan Bay. The view of the waters of Bazan Bay, the Salish Sea and the neighborhood from over the Patricia Bay Highway is quite unique. Go see for yourself. The beach access from Amity Drive is lovely, despite the large pump facility that runs periodically. Nineteen steps down the concrete and rock staircase brings us to a rock and cobble beach. From here it is a short stroll to Wardle Road Green Space to the south. Cy Hampson Park is slightly further away to the north.Amity Drive Green Space is close to several other parks and green spaces including Fentress Road, Lowe Road, Dominion Brook Park, Gulf View Picnic Grounds and Quarry Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 36′ 56″ W123° 24′ 3″ at Bazan Bay

Amity Drive Green Space can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Amity Drive. This section of Amity Drive leads to Lochside Drive and Lochside Trail. There is limited roadside parking along Amity or Lochside Road. Alternatively, walk down Lowe Road from the city bus that travels along East Saanich Road.

Lowe Road Green Space

Lowe Road Green SpaceThe view across Bazan Bay and the Salish Sea is terrific from the grasslands that form the footpath off of the eastern end of Lowe Road . The snowy peak of Mount Baker and the islands form a beautiful background for photographers. The four hundred and fifty meter path connects to the ends of Aldous, Ebor and Bourne terraces. The pathway is bordered by the chain-link fence of the federal Center for Plant Health, the former Dominion Experimental Farms. There are a few blackberry bushes along the fence line which would have berries ready by August. Both the Dominion Brook Park and Gulf View Picnic Site are near to Lowe Road Green Space. To reach the shore line of Bazan Bay stroll over to Amity Drive from either of the terraces and use the Amity Drive pedestrian overpass to safely cross Pat Bay Highway.

Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 9″ W123° 24′ 50″

Lowe Road Green Space can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road past the Panorama Leisure Center on the right and continue past the Center for Plant Health. Turn left down Lowe Road and look for the hiking marker as the curves to become Emard Terrace. There is limited roadside parking along Emard or Lowe Road. Better parking for this green space can be found at the ends of either Aldous, Ebor or Bourne terraces which can be reached off Amity Drive. Alternatively, walk down Lowe Road from the city bus that travels along East Saanich Road.