Cromarty Avenue Green Space

Cromarty Avenue lies east to west in North Saanich’s Ardmore neighborhood. Ardmore is a Gaelic term meaning to “large headland” which relates to “homes beside the sea” and cromarty refers to a crooked or unlikely occurrence. The forested green spaces connect with Ardmore Drive along about one hundred and eighty meters. The section to Turnberry Place is about one hundred and forty five meters although most of the pathway is along the avenue itself.  Cromarty Avenue Green Spaces can be used to access both Glenelg and Hartfell avenues’ green spaces and trails. These trails are used by dog walkers, horse riders and hikers.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 8″ W123° 28′ 22″

You can get to Cromarty Avenue Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an 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 past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Ardmore Drive and the golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive as it curves and turns to head northward along the waterfront homes. Turn right onto Braemar Avenue, the second right along Ardmore Avenue and take the next left onto Glenelg Avenue and continue to Cromarty Avenue. The pathway is found at both ends of the road. There is roadside parking.

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Bayview Road Beach, North Saanich

A pleasant stroll through cedar and arbutus trees along an hundred meter gravel trail brings to you a spectacular view of Saanich Inlet. As a bonus, there is a bench at the top of the narrow wooden staircase to provide a site to sit and relax. Or step down the staircase to the sand and cobble beach that is perfect for enjoying the ocean and view. This spot is nestled between 9670 and 9684 Ardmore Drive, beautiful estates; one with tennis court as seen through the wire fencing the other has a tall wooden fence that runs the length of the green space.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 39″ W123° 27′ 56″

You can get to Bayview Road Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an 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 past the East Saanich intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach northern end of Ardmore Drive. Turn left onto Ardmore Drive and follow until it starts to curve southward. Bayview Road Beach access is on the first left. There is limited roadside parking along Ardmore Drive.

Glenelg Avenue Beach and Green Spaces, North Saanich

Glenelg Avenue BeachGlenelg Avenue lies in the Ardmore neighborhood of North Saanich. Ardmore is a Gaelic term meaning “large headland” which relates to “homes beside the sea.” Glenelg is a term that refers to glens. The avenue is oriented roughly north to south on the Saanich Peninsula and has three right-of-way green spaces with gravel trails that allow exploration in your backyard. The gravel pathway from the corner of Glenelg Avenue and Ardmore Drive leads a hundred and thirty meters to the sand and cobble beach along Saanich Inlet. There is rustic bench at the top of the staircase. The view is to the west across the water of the Salish Sea. The beach pathway is shaded by cedar and Douglas-fir trees and various shrubs. This pathway is hemmed in by the fences of adjacent properties making it a secluded green space.
Glenelg Avenue Green Spaces are across Ardmore Drive and away from the beach trail. These gravel pathways are about one hundred and fifty meters long and wander through the Ardmore neighborhood along the right-of-way of Glenelg Avenue to reach the southern sections of this rural road. The middle section of Glenelg Avenue Green Space can be reached by strolling south along the avenue and across Bradley Dyne Road. The middle green space is surrounded by tall Douglas-fir trees and crosses Dalkeith Avenue. The southern section is reached by strolling across the busier Braemar Avenue. The trail restarts across Braemar Ave and continues the two hundred meters to Aboyne Avenue. These green spaces are frequented by dog walkers, hikers and horse riders. A circle loop can be made by heading east along Aboyne Avenue and then north following along the green spaces and trail of Hartfell Avenue.
Geographic coordinates N48° 38′ 40″ W123° 27′ 48″
You can get to Glenelg Avenue Beach and Trail 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 past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along West Saanich Road past Ardmore Golf Course and turn at the northern end Ardmore Drive. The southern end of Ardmore Drive is beside the golf course. Follow Ardmore Drive to reach the intersection with Glenelg Avenue. The beach access on the west side of this intersection and the trail is on the eastern side. There is limited roadside parking on either Glenelg Avenue or Ardmore Drive.

Eventide Road Beach, North Saanich

Eventide Road BeachEventide Road Beach has a rough twenty meter access trail to its sand and cobble beach. It is located the Ardmore neighborhood of North Saanich between Briarwood Place Beach and Bayview Road Beach. Shaded by big leaf maple trees and bordered by a long cedar hedge, the twenty meter trail crosses over the grass covered area to a viewpoint. There are views across to Saanich Inlet to the Mill Bay area of Vancouver Island. This is another wonderful spot to watch sunsets over the water. The trail that leads to sandy and shale stone beach is steep.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 45″ W123° 27′ 43″

You can get to Eventide Road Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an 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 past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Frizell Road. This intersection will be to the left as West Saanich Road curves to the right. Frizell Road is short and curves to become Glenelg Avenue. Turn right onto Glynnwood Park Road as the road curves left. Eventide Road Beach can be accessed from the intersection of Glynnwood Park Road and Glenelg Avenue. There is roadside parking.

 

Briarwood Place Beach, North Saanich

Briarwood Place Beach, North SaanichBriarwood Place Beach faces westward and is a great place to enjoy summertime sunsets. This is also a terrific place to launch a kayak, paddle board and canoe. The broad pathway leads to a short concrete staircase and a ramp to the sand and rock beach. The beach provides good place for swimming in the summer months once the water warms up a little. This beach is just south of Patricia Bay and north of Coles Bay.  While this beach is surrounded by private residential homes of this North Saanich neighborhood, it is quiet and serene.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 50″ W123° 27′ 39″

Briarwood Place Beach can be reached from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an 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 past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Frizell Road. This intersection will be to the left as West Saanich Road curves to the right. Frizell Road is short and curves to become Gleneig Avenue. Turn right onto Glynnwood Park Road as the road curves left. Brairwood Place Beach is the first left. There is limited roadside parking.

Frizell Road Green Space, North Saanich

Frizell Road Green SpaceEnjoy a pleasant stroll along the two hundred and twenty-five meter path through Douglas-fir and cedar trees. This green space is a forested right-of-way for Frizell Road.  The trail connects to Glynnwood Park Road and is frequented by horse riders, hiker and dog walkers.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 52″ W123° 27′ 29″ on Glynnwood Park Road

You can get to Frizell Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an 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 past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Frizell Road. This intersection will be to the left as West Saanich Road curves to the right. The trail marker is seen, to the right, along Frizell Road which curves to become Glenelg Avenue, but this is not a good place to stop. Continue on Glenelg Avenue then turn right onto Glynnwood Park Road. Drive to the end of this road and look for the hiking trail marker in the turnabout. There is roadside parking along Glynnwood Park Road.