Kitty Islet Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Venture onto the glacial smooth granodiorite outcropping that projects into Enterprise Channel when you visit this promontory. Located on the eastern shore of McNeill Bay, the half a hectare parkland is a nature developed park with a staircase that leads to a rough footpath. A monument notes a dedication to this site that was once called Tliwaynung, a Songhees seasonal site. The fifteen step concrete staircase leads to cobble and sand beach. The pair of Adirondack chairs, placed on the outcropping, provides a seat for a priceless view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca of the Salish Sea. The backdrop is formed by the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Trial Islands with the lighthouse built in nineteen o six are about one hundred meters away. It is the deep water and tidal currents of Enterprise Channel that limit access to the ecological reserve. Andersen Hill Park, Walbran Park, Monterey Middle School Green Space and Lafayette Park are nearby.
Geographic Location N48º 24’ 38” W123º 18’ 25”
Kitty Islet 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 Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue to Beach Drive. Turn left onto Beach Drive and look for the islet across the bay. Street parking is available. A couple of city buses provide access near Lafayette Park.
Come to Ross Bay to enjoy a wonderful seaside walk along Dallas Road. This is also a spectacular place to see storm waves crash along the beach or, in May of each year, watch the sailing yachts start the Swiftsure Yacht Race. With the choice of strolling over cobble beach stones, beached logs or along a concrete sidewalk, this seawalk suits just about everyone’s mobility. Located between St Charles Street and Memorial Crescent, the six hundred and twenty meter seawalk is right along the shoreline of Ross Bay. The trail is part of the seawall that protects the shores of Fairfield and Ross Bay Cemetery. The wide concrete seawall, built by nineteen fifteen, was redesigned with the addition of the large cobble stones and three long granite boulder groyns to diminish the flow of water along the beach. These projections can be seen along the shoreline at low tides. About fifty years early, in the mid eighteen hundreds, both East Creek and South Fairfield Creek drained into the bay. These creeks would have added small sediment to the waters and replenished some of the beach area. Along the upper areas of the beach. look for beach lupine, a low sprawling pea plant, gum weed^, a yellow flowering aster, and beach grass; plants that help to stabilize the shoreline. The views across the Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA, are wonderful. Named for Isabelle Mainville Ross, Ross Bay and part of the cemetery were once her farm land. Ross Bay Cemetery is an interesting place to extend your walk for both the gardenlike setting of the grounds as well as the unique grave stones and monuments. If the winds are light, this area can be used to launch a kayak or paddle board, although the tidal currents are worth paying attention too.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 32” W123° 20′ 39″
Ross Bay Seawalk can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Memorial Crescent. Turn right onto Memorial Crescent and then turn right at Dallas Road. There is limited roadside parking along Dallas Road near this intersection. The walkway is to the east and Clover Point Park is to the west. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.
^http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2009/01/grindelia_integrifolia.php (this plant looks like a dandelion)
View of Little Ross Bay Green from Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC
Little Ross Bay Green is a waterfront park on the eastern side of Ross Bay, Victoria, BC. Adorned with a large Garry oak (Quercus garryana) tree, this park commemorates Charles Ross, a former Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Trader. After his death, his wife, Isabella, purchased the land between what is now eastern half of Ross Bay Cemetery and Harling Point in eighteen fifty three and developed a farm for her family. A concrete, granite and slate bench with an embedded placard is found on the ridge above the bay. At the southern end of St Charles Street, a ramp with a gentle slope leads to the cobble beach of Ross Bay. This is picturesque place to start a stroll along Ross Bay Sea Walk toward Clover Point Park or wander into the cemetery where many historical and early pioneers of the area are remembered. There are excellent views across the Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. If the wind is light it can be a good spot to launch a kayak or paddle board. Wildwood Avenue Green Space is to the east and Hollywood Park is north along St Charles Street.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 35” W123° 20′ 11″
Little Ross Bay Green can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to St Charles Street. Turn right onto St Charles and look for the park located across Dallas Road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.
An inviting grassy area protected by two small concrete barriers encourages beach lovers to wander down to Bazan Bay shoreline. Wardle Road beach is rock and cobble at high tides and is only slightly sandier when at low tides. It is frequented by hikers and dog walkers who stroll along the shoreline to the north toward accesses at both Amity Drive and Cy Hampson Park. Wardle Road beach access is also a good spot to launch a kayak or paddle board as it is about thirty meters distance. There is a concrete and rock staircase to the rough rock and cobble shoreline. There are excellent views of James and Sidney islands in the Salish Sea from this green space.
Geographic coordinates N48° 36′ 49″ W123° 24′ 2″
Wardle Road Beach can be reached from Pat Bay highway. Turn right at Amity Drive and then right again onto Lochside Drive. Wardle Road is located between 8527 and 8543 Lochside Drive. There is limited parking on Wardle Road or Lochside Drive.
Glenelg 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 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.