Queen’s Park, Oak Bay

 

Queen’s Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is along the shoreline of Oak Bay, the shallow protected bay that holds the Oak Bay marina. It was initially known as Marina Park. The park has several benches and a unique swing bench that are wonderful places to soak up the view of Chatham and Discovery Islands and Mount Baker of the Washington State. The outdoor art is a pack of steel-welded wolves in pursuit of the cutout of an alert buck or perhaps designed to prevent Canadian Geese from eating the grass. The Hunt was design by Ken Hall and is part of the Arts Alive that helps create permanent outdoor art in Oak Bay. The park is a popular seasonal bird watching site that is part of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary created in nineteen twenty three.  Haynes Park, Turkey Head Walkway and Windsor Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 28”  W123º 18’ 17”

Queen’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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left onto Oak Bay Avenue and continue as it becomes Newport Street. Turn left onto Windsor Road to reach Beach Drive. The park is across from the intersection.  There is sign along the roadway. There is a parking area near the Oak Bay Marina and some street parking along Beach Drive. City buses travel to the marina.

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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Green Space

Art Gallery Victoria

Victoria Art Gallery

Surrounded by tall Garry oak trees, the free standing metal sculpture ‘Figures in Architecture’ by John Ritchell, in 1959, is part of the green space at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Set just east is the Douglas fir and metal geometric sculpture created by Greg Snider, in 1978, called the ‘Queen’s Piece’. Located in the Rockland neighborhood of Victoria, BC, these outdoor art sculptures are worth exploring in your backyard, as well as the local and international works in place at the gallery. The gallery has seven show rooms that are connected with the historical Spencer mansion. Admission for the gallery allows access the Spencer mansion, built in eighteen eight nine, and an Asian garden with a Japanese Shinto shrine. This peaceful garden is a place of tranquility and repose. Visit aggv.com for further information about their hours and exhibits. Central Middle School Green Space, Victoria Truth Center Green Space, Rockland Woodland Garden and Craigdarroch Castle Park are nearby.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 20” W123° 20′ 51″

Victoria Art Gallery Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fort Street and follow along to turn left onto Moss Street. The green space for the gallery borders Moss Street at the junction with Wilspenser Place. There is a small parking area and limited roadside parking along both Moss Street and Wilspenser Place. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.