Stewart Beach

Stewart Shoreline access 8 Stewart Shoreline access 9

The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. Stewart Beach lies along the north shore of Esquimalt Harbour near Victoria, B.C. The uplands area is on a low ridge and has a bench near the road access. The landscaped garden beds of the residential homes on both sides of the park enhance the patch of grass beside the bench which is also next to the Stewart Avenue sewage pumping station. An asphalt trail leads past this bench to a set of thirty three stairs to another view point and bench. Located on a rocky promontory, this bench can be a great place to watch the activity of local fauna and to enjoy the scenery. A short ramp leads the rest of the way down to the pebble and coarse sand beach on the right. There is a small beach to the left and is a good place to launch a personal watercraft like a paddleboard, kayak or canoe. The park is best accessed at lower tides. This is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 8” W123° 26’ 35”

Stewart Beach can be accessed from Hwy 1. Exit onto Helmcken Road (exit #8) and head south down the hill toward Esquimalt Harbour waters across the Island Highway. Turn left onto View Royal Avenue and then right onto Stewart Avenue. Continue to the end of Stewart Avenue. The trail to the beach is near the pumping structures. There is limited parking in this area. The city bus travels along View Royal Avenue.

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Towner Road Green Space

The forty meter long pathway is clear of most vegetation right to the fences that border the green space. The beach access consists of 15 steps down a well designed concrete and rock staircase complete with hand rail. This fine gravel and sandy beach is narrow at high tides since most of the properties have concrete retaining walls built right to the edge of the ocean. At lower tides there is plenty of room to explore. The view is across the waters of Saanich Inlet toward Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea makes this a lovely place to start a walking or cycling tour around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich. If you walk along Towner Road you can reach Towner Road Trail which connects to Warrior Point Trail. Both excellent pathways in your backyard.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 18″ W123° 28′ 49″

You can get to Norris Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Turn left and continue along the road until you reach Towner Road. Look for the trail marker right near this intersection. There is limited roadside parking along Madrona Drive and no parking along Tower Road.

Downey Road Green Space

Surrounded by residential homes, the green space at the watery end of Downey Road once provided access to the excellent sandstone shore of Saanich Inlet. At the moment this green space provides good views across the waters of Saanich Inlet. Mill Bay and Cherry Point on Vancouver Island can also be seen.  The wooden water chute and culvert that direct water down the cliff makes this place a curiosity to visit. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea make this a lovely place to start a walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 25″ W123° 28′ 50″

You can get to Downey Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Turn left and continue along the road until you reach Downey Road. Look for the small trail on the right near this intersection. There is limited roadside parking.

Cromar Road Green Space

Stroll along the thirty meter trail in the green space of Cromar Road, down a couple of dozen solid stairs to reach a  concrete landing overlooking a lovely cobble and sand beach. The landing has a bench made for contemplation and meditation during the quiet times. Interestingly the landing has the numbers 1951 stamped on the lowest staircase. Despite being closed in by the residential homes, the beach off of Cromar Road is excellent at lower tides.  The view is across the waters of Saanich Inlet toward Cherry Point on Vancouver Island. This green space along the Salish Sea could be included in a walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 31″ W123° 28′ 55″

You can get to Cromar Road Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road and continue until you pass across West Saanich Road and reach Madrona Drive. Turn left onto Madrona Drive and look for the intersection with Cromar Road. The beach access is to the right while Cromar Road is the left. There is limited roadside parking.

 

R.O. Bull Park

This three quarters of a hectare parkland has short trails through a wonderful grove of century-old Western red cedar  and Douglas-fir trees.  There are two gravel trails in this natural park which connects Wain Road to Dallain Place. The park is named after Roland Osborne Bull, a community and nature minded business man who founded the Victoria’s Boys Club. This park one of few areas that shows remnants of the forests of Saanich Peninsula prior to European settlement.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 37″ W123° 28′ 48″

You can get to R.O. Bull Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road. The park is located part way down the hill after  Deep Cove Road. There is limited roadside parking.

Coal Point Lane Green Space

Coal Point Lane Green Space provides access to the point of land that marks the southern side of Deep Cove. The short trail includes a seven step staircase that leads to a rustic wooden bench. The rocky shoreline is not easily accessed due to the height off the water and the proximity of the nearby homes. This area may be windier than some of the other beach access areas even with the protection of the willows and fir trees. The view is across the waters of Deep Cove toward Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island. This viewpoint of the Salish Sea make this a lovely place to include in your walk around the neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 38″ W123° 29′ 12″

You can get to Coal Point Lane Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. Coal Point Lane starts across this drive where there is limited roadside parking beside Madrona Drive Green.

Madrona Drive Green

The junction of Madrona Drive and Wain Road with Coal Point Lane is a grassy glade with a three tall fir trees that provide shade from wind, rain or sunshine. The double set of postal boxes are on the southern side of this small green space. In this quiet Deep Cove neighborhood, this green junction point is good starting point for walking in your backyard.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 37″ W123° 28′ 8″

You can get to Madrona Drive Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park – Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you exit the highway and curve up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road.  Continue on Wain Road past West Saanich Road until you reach Madrona Drive. The green space at this junction. There is roadside parking.