The Rice Mill Landing Park has scenic lookout point with wonderful views of the upper harbour of Victoria, B.C. This small area is primarily used by patrons of Ocean River Sport and Capital Iron stores yet there is a harbour ferry dock at the small marina in The Design District. There is an arbour sheltering a bench near the end of the wharf. Another bench is set up under an arbutus tree near the kayak storage racks. Black berry bushes cling to the shoreline. A huge metal funnel and other pieces of ships can be seen at this park, perhaps remnants from the iron salvage operations. The wreck of the Green whaling ship can be seen just below the wharf during low tide. This park is along the David Foster Way, a five kilometer harbour walk from Barclay Point to Odgen Point. The proposed Barclay Point Park is to the north. Central Park and Royal Athletic Park is to the east, about five blocks. The Canoe Club Boardwalk is to the south.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 51” W123° 22′ 17″
Rice Mill Landing Park can be reached Blanchard Street. Turn right at Discovery Street and continue to the end of the road past Store Street, which is also called Wharf Street. The park is accessed from the lower parking lot for the Capital Iron and Ocean River Sport stores. There is limited parking in this parking lot or along Wharf Street. City buses travel along Douglas Street in this part of downtown Victoria, B.C.
At the base of Swift Street, in Victoria, B.C., there is a sculpture of swirling indigenous looking sea dragon named ‘Four Winds’. This art piece was created by Chris Johnson. It lies near the boardwalk section of the David Foster Way and beside the ramp to access Mermaid Wharf. Included as part of the David Foster Way, the Canoe Club Boardwalk divides the large outdoor patio of the Canoe Brew Club, Restaurant and Marina; If you are curious, the food and drinks are delicious. The boardwalk continues along the waterfront and overlooks the small marina. Near the turnabout of Swift Street, the boardwalk passes through the patio area and up a flight of stairs toward Herald Street. There are black berry bushes, shore pine trees as well as landscaped gardens as part of the Canoe Club. Rice Mill Landing Park is to the north. Central and Royal Athletic parks are about five blocks to the east. Johnson Street Green and Reeson Park are to the south along the David Foster Way, which at this point is along the sidewalk of Wharf Street.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 47” W123° 22′ 17″
Canoe Club Boardwalk can be reached Blanchard Street. Turn right at Fisgard Street and continue to the end of the road past Store Street, which is also called Wharf Street, to reach Swift Street. There is limited parking along this part of Swift Street and along Store Street. City buses travel along Douglas and Government street in this part of downtown Victoria, B.C.
Shore pine, London plane and elm trees shade the three parts of Johnson Street Green. These small landscaped areas are meridians formed by junction of several streets. A section of railway commemorates the Esquimalt Railway. The trees provide shade over the benches and the statue of Michael C. Williams designed with a friendly repose. This busy area of Old Town Victoria was envisioned by Mr. Williams, a business man, who shaped the Swans Hotel and Brewpub, just across Pandora Street, by redeveloping an old “ugly duckling” warehouse. Johnson Street Green is located near Reeson Regional Park and Canoe Cub Boardwalk.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 41” W123° 22′ 11″
Johnson Street Green can be reached Blanchard Street. Turn left onto Pandora Street and just before the bridge make a sharp right turn onto Store Street parking area. The Green is to your left. Several city buses provide access to this Old Town area of Victoria, B.C.
Garry oak trees along boardwalk of Victoria’s Inner Harbour mark the green space of the Customs House. This board walk connects the two parking areas that are below Wharf Street. The trees and shrubs soften the concrete and rock landscape that surrounds most of the simple brick and stone three story building, also known as the Malahat Building. This building was built in eighteen seventy four for the Dominion government. Designed by the city’s chief architect T.S. Scott, it is considered unadorned even with its mansard roof and oval dormer windows. The perimeter of the building has landscaped hedges, flower beds and a small grass over area with an anchor and a uniquely carved spindle, one of seven signs of the Lekwungen, a Coast Salish family group. Near the edge of the small parking lot north of the building are mooring rings that had been used to secure ships to shore. As a means to accommodate numerous vessels along a shore line, boats could bow anchor and then stern tie to the mooring ring. A small plaque describes this site as the location of Fort Victoria. This space is part of the David Foster Way, a five kilometer harbour side walk. Bastion Square and Reeson Regional Park are north along Wharf Street, where as Ship Point Green Space and Victoria Harbour Casueway are to the south.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 29” W123° 22′ 12″
Customs House Green Space can be reached Blanchard Street. Turn right onto Broughton Street, pass across Douglas Street, then turn right onto Wharf Street. The green space surrounds the heritage brick Customs House. There is limited roadside parking yet two parking lots are on either side of the green space. City buses travel along Douglas Street.