MacDonald Park, Victoria, BC

This post is updated here.

MacDonald Park

Advertisements

Lewis Street Park

Lewis Park Lewis Park 2

Enjoy a break at the picnic table and benches Lewis Park. A large shade tree covers about half of the small playlot found along the residential houses of Lewis Street. A woodchip base surrounds the play area of three swings, one a toddler size, and a turning rod. A thirty meter paved pathway connects Lewis Street to sidewalk along Luxton Avenue in the James Bay community of Victoria BC. Lewis Twentysix Green Space and Menzies Sixtyfour Green Space found along Lewis Street. Holland Point Park is south toward Dallas Road.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 34” W123° 22′ 22″

Lewis Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Continue onto Belleville Street as Blanchard Street curves toward Douglas Street. Turn left onto Douglas Street and follow to Dallas Road. At Dallas Road turn right and go about five streets blocks to reach Lewis Street. The park is near the end of the road on the left between 28 and 38. There is limited roadside parking along Dallas Road. City buses travels through James Bay area near this park.

Holland Point Park

Holland Point Park 6 Holland Point Park pond reflection

Holland Point Park is a water front park in Victoria, B.C, along the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea. It encompasses over five hectares within the James Bay community. The concrete sidewwalk along Dallas Road from Douglas to Boyd Street is about a thousand meters. This roadside sidewalk is often left to the uninitiated as the paved ridge trail, only a hundred meters longer, is refreshing, both for the view and the west winds. If you enjoy an even more scenic and adventurous route, follow the shoreline when the tide is low enough. The length of this lower route can be up to several hundred meters longer due to the staircases and sloped access points to the ridge trail. This popular nature park has many benches along the ridge pathway. Views from the ridge are across waters near Brotchie Ledge to the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. The landscape on the ridge is mostly uncut grass covered area with a few trails mowed though it. The trees are mostly small elms intermixed with Himalayan blackberries and wild rose bushes. There are also several Garry oak and shore pine trees.

Holland Point Park borders along Beacon Hill Park near Mile Zero and Finlayson Point. Named after a seaman and school teacher George Holland, Holland Point Park hosts a small duck pond, called the Model Yacht Pond; it is a sight to see the various remotely navigated ships, tugs and vessels ply the waters of the pond. There are picnic tables and play equipment as well as toilets. The expanse of the Holland Point Park is a meadow with tall grasses and is adorned with the paired outdoor art works called the glass-half-full completed by artist Tyler Hodgins. Odgen Point Walkway, MacDonald Park, Todd Park, Lewis Street Park, Lewis Twentysix Green Space, Menzies Sixtyfour Green Space and Beacon Hill Park  are nearby should you have more time to explore the James Bay community.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 34” W123° 22′ 22″

Holland Point Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Continue onto Belleville Street as Blanchard Street curves toward Douglas Street. Turn left onto Douglas Street and follow to Dallas Road. At Dallas Road turn right and go about three blocks to see the small pond. There is limited roadside parking along Dallas Road. City buses travels through James Bay area near this park.

Violet Lane Green Space

Violet Lane connects to Thetis Lane in the James Bay community of Victoria, B.C. This narrow paved street like a named alleyway between Thetis Lane and St. Andrews Street. Stroll along this quiet road to enjoy the tranquility of the neighborhood away from busy roadways. This green space is close to Beacon Hill Park, Holland Point Park, Avalon Green and South Park Elementary School Green Space, your walk can be easily extended. Come on out and explore your backyard neighborhood.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 50” W123° 22′ 6″

Violet Lane Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Blanchard merges with Douglas Street at Belleville Street. Continue on Douglas Street to Beacon Street. Turn right onto Beacon Street and continue to St Andrews Street. Turn left onto St Andrews Street and look for Violet Lane Green Space on the left. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Douglas Street.

Olive Street Common

A neighborhood park in Fairfield community of Victoria, B.C., Olive Street Common has a tire swing and picnic tables that is shaded by a large cedar tree. This wonderful green space provides a community space for children and families. Moss Rock Park is north along Olive Street and east along May street about a block.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 38” W123° 20′ 55″

Olive Street Common can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road then south on Moss Street. Continue to May street where you turn right. Take the next left onto Olive Street. The park is partway along the road on the right between homes 179 and Olive Street. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road.