Brickley Close Green Space, North Saanich

This three part green space contains pathways through cedar, Douglas-fir and arbutus trees that are accessible from Brickley Close.  Located on the western slope of Cloake Hill, these three sections connect Brickley Close with Nitinat Road to the south, Treadwell Drive to the east and Reading Drive to the north. From Reading Drive the trail connects with the trails into Bluebell Park. These residential neighborhood green spaces have views toward Cherry Point, Vancouver Island and Saanich Inlet.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41′ 34″ W123° 27′ 20″ in Brickley Close

You can get to Brickley Close Green Spaces from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Cross over the overpass and continue on Lands End Road to West Saanich Road. Turn onto West Saanich Road then left onto Brickley Close, which is the second left along the road.  There is roadside parking in this cul-de-sac.

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Highview Park South (Redbud)

This lovely park is a wildlife forest with cedar, Douglas-fir and cottonwood on its slopes.  It also contains the water reservoir for the neighborhood and a cellular tower. The view from this park is mostly to the west overlooking Saanich Inlet and Deep Cove. This is a quiet peaceful neighborhood park to include in your walks in your backyard. The added bonus with this parkland is that it is one of three parks near the summit of Cloake Hill. The other two are Highview Park North and Sycamore Park.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41′ 27″ W123° 27′ 2″

You can get to Highview Park South from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Cross over the overpass and continue on Lands End Road to West Saanich Road. Turn onto West Saanich Road then left onto Reading Drive. Continue to up the hill to Sycamore Drive turn up the hill again once you reach Hickory Drive.  Redbud Place will be on the right and has limited roadside parking.

Highview Park North, North Saanich

This lovely park is a wildlife forest with cedar, Douglas-fir and cottonwood on its slopes.   The trails in this parkland are discrete which encourages you to be as well. The view from the rocky terrain is though the trees yet you can see Mount Taum on Saltspring Island and the surrounding waters of the Salish Sea. This is a quiet peaceful neighborhood park to include in your walks in your backyard. The added bonus with this parkland is that it is one of three parks near the summit of Cloake Hill. The other two are Highview Park South and Sycamore Park.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41′ 28″ W123° 27′ 2″

You can get to Highview Park North from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Cross over the overpass and continue on Lands End Road to West Saanich Road. Turn onto West Saanich Road then left, almost immediately, onto Readings Drive. Continue up the hill of Readings Drive to reach Sycamore Drive. Follow Sycamore Drive up the hill to reach  Hickory Drive.  Turn right to go up to the hill to the junction of Highview Place and Westview Place. The park is on the corner of Highview and Westview places. There is limited roadside parking.

Readings Drive Park, North Saanich

Located on a relatively steep slope with views to the north and east, Readings Drive Park is a lovely natural parkland of about a hectare. Between Cloake and Horth Hills of North Saanich’s Lands End neighborhood, visit this park to enjoy the arbutus and cedar forest and the peaceful ambiance of a rural community. The trails of the park are frequented by dog-walkers and hikers. It is also easy to extend beyond the 200meters of trails and continue along trails from Alder Road, to the south, and to the Eugene Bailin Memorial Trails, to the north.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41′ 23″ W123° 26′ 42”

You can get to the Reading Drive Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Cross over the overpass and continue along Lands End to West Saanich Road. Turn left onto West Saanich Road and then immediately left again onto Readings Drive. Enjoy the glimpses of lovely homes and the Salish Sea on the uphill section Readings Drive. Continue over the rise and down slightly keeping a keen eye out for the forested section to the left. Look for the rather limited roadside parking and trail marker on the downslope.  The park is before Hillgrove Road which, of course, is alternative route to Reading Drive Park.