Tower Point Regional Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is part of the Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park that it is connected only at low tides from the sandy beach of Parry Bay. The estuary of Biltson Creek is a natural division between the two areas. There are views to the south and east ocean area called the Strait of Juan de Fuca and snow covered peaks of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. Tower Point Park has a one kilometer walking trail along its perimeter with a variety of viewpoints. The gravel and grass covered trail from the parking lot is bordered by Himalayan blackberry bushes with the occasional garter snake. The pathway leads to an open meadow field with a selection of trails to explore the area. Head to the immediate left (eastward) to take tour of the rocky shoreline of Tower Point. The pathway leads to the Douglas fir and garry oak trees that border the shoreline. The rocky shore line is formed from pillow lava exposures. These pillow basalts are echoed on the nearby islets to the east and south. Arbutus trees and smaller shrub like snow berries, oceanspray and hardhack are seen along the shoreline as well. This section of the park has picnic tables and benches in few places. The toilets are in the forest grove. Bradene Green Space is nearby.
Geographical Location N48º 23’ 13” W123º 30’ 29”
Tower Point Regional Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Olympic View Drive. Turn onto Olympic View Drive and look for the parking area on the left. The trail is across the grass area. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.
Florence Lake Strachan Trail is an one and half kilometer trail that follows the eastern shore of Florence Lake in Langford, B.C. Florence Lake is a shallow glacial kettle lake that lies on the slopes of Skirt Mountain. There are several view points from along the boardwalk. This section is shades by some large western red cedar and Douglas fir trees. The board walk becomes to a gravel trail and there are a few places to access the water for swimming and wading. The boat launch, for small personal watercraft like kayaks, paddle boards and canoes, has a pier beside it. It is a short stroll from the main trail. There are several benches along the route for rest stops.The gravel pathway traverses through the wetlands on the southeastern end of the lake. Alder dominate the shrubs in this area. A board walk connects the gravel trail to Savory Road along the southwestern side of the lake. The trail parallels Florence Lake Road, Brock Avenue and Springboard Road. The north end of the trail is at (geographic location and the southern end of the trail is at Savory Park.
Geographic location for Florence Lake Park North N48° 27’41” W123°30’45”
Florence Lake Strachan Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at McCallum Road/Spencer Road exit and continue along McCallum Road to reach Brock and Springboard roads. Follow the curve to the right to stay on McCallum Road and then take the curve to the left to turn onto Florence Lake Road. Stay on Florence Lake Road and look for a small parking area, on the left, past the junction with Setchfield Avenue. There is three parking sites at this park and limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Setchfield Avenue.
Dukrill Road Green Space provides access to the waters of Esquimalt Harbour in View Royal, B.C. Enjoy the lovely view across Price Bay to the heritage site on Cole Island. This green space has a series of concrete staircases that lead to the sheltered Price Bay. The gravel access, at the corner of Dukrill Road and Buddy Road, has a tall arbutus tree to mark the route. From the ten meter ridge, the thirty-eight step set of staircases, with paired wood handrails, lead down to the shoreline. The main pathway leads southward along the shore and is bordered by a green chain and post fence. The trail follows the shoreline about twenty-five meters to connect with the pathway in Parson’s Bridge Park. There are a few rocky beach areas, suitable to bird watch yet most of the shoreline is very muddy as it is part of the tidal estuary of Mill Stream. A four step granite and concrete staircase leads to a small gravel beach, accessible at low tides. Price Bay provides habitat to numerous shorebirds as well as eagles, ospreys and swans. River otters and seals have also been seen. Price Road Green Space is nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 27” W123° 27’ 22″
Dukrill Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Dukrill Road using the turning lane; this will be the second left turn. The green space is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. Short term parking may be available near the CRD offices. City buses travel along the Island Highway.
The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places although the view changes considerable depending on the tide. Price Bay is a shallow bay that forms a shallow estuary for Millstream Creek. The bay is part of Esquimalt Harbour. The pathway includes two sets of ten concrete staircases that lead from the roadside leads to the muddy beach. The route passes a pump station. It would be possible to launch a kayak, paddle board or personal water craft when the tide is high. A stroll along the beach about fifty meters to the left leads to Price Bay Park. Duckrill Road Green Space and Waters Edge Walkway are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 27’ 19”
Price Road Green Space can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Price Road, the very first left turn. If you miss that one take the next left onto Duckrill Road and double back. The green space is at the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along the Island Highway.
The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Cole Island, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. The shoreline along Tovey Cove is a rocky area while the beach area is mostly gravel and white shells. Tovey Shoreline Access has a gravel footpath to a series of staircases that lead to the rocky shoreline. This small shallow sheltered indentation on the northwestern side of Esquimalt Harbour is surrounded by townhouse complexes and single family homes. The trail from the roadway is a crushed gravel pathway that leads to a set of wood stairs, about forty of them, along the pathway with wooden handrails on one side. The pine and fir trees provide ample shade to the small uplands area. The beach is best at low tides and is composed crushed shells and sand. Newstead Park, Heddle Park and Limekiln Cover Green Space are nearby. Geographical location N48° 27’ 15” W123° 26’ 49” Tovey Cove Shoreline Access can be reached from Hwy1. Take exit #8 to access Helmcken Road and turn south and continue down the hill to turn right onto View Royal Road. Continue along to Tovey Crescent and turn left. The beach access is near the junction of Tovey Crescent with Governor’s Point Road. There is limited road side parking. City buses travel along Helmcken Road and the Island Highway.
The view of yachts and ships on the Salish Sea is excellent from Wildwood Avenue Green Space. On most days you can see across the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. This green space is formed from the road right of way of Wildwood Avenue. The concrete sidewalk and pathway leads to the rocky shore between Gonzales Bay and Ross Bay. Pass by the shore pine trees to the twenty step concrete staircase that leads to small concrete platform with a handrail. A few more steps brings you to the granite rocks on shore. Try to arrive at low tide to explore the intertidal zone. This is also a cool place to storm watch but not so great to launch a kayak or paddle board.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 42” W123° 19′ 49″
Wildwood Avenue Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Wildwood Avenue in Fairfield, about a block after St Charles Street. Turn right onto Wildwood Avenue and continue to Hollywood Crescent. The beach access is between 1659and 1661Hollywood Crescent where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.