Cresswell Road Green Space

With a view over Dickson Forest and the Victoria International Airport, strolling up the three hundred meter sidewalk along Cresswell Road is worth the effort. Cresswell Road lies north to south on the Saanich Peninsula and has a couple of terrific green spaces to use as a means to explore your backyard. Its paved sections connect Wellington Road, through the gated fire road, to McTavish Road. This lower section is a quiet rural road along agricultural lands. After crossing McTavish Road there is a concrete sidewalk up the northern slope of Mt Newton to Texada Terrace. At the top there is another fire-gate at the top of Cresswell Road continue toward Tumbo Place and trails that lead into John Dean Park. This green space connects to Dickson Trail, near the airport, and to Texada Terrace Green Space near Texada Terrace. There are also trails that lead toward Dunsmuir Lodge Green Space.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 38″ W123° 25′ 50″
You can get to Cresswell Road 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 to Cresswell Road. Turn left onto Cresswell Road, just past the fire station, and go up the hill. There is roadside parking along this section of Cresswell Road.

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Dickson Avenue Green Space, North Saanich

The quiet residential neighborhood of the North Saanich Bazan Bay community borders on Dickson Woods, a lovely forested area that is part of the Victoria International Airport property. Dickson Avenue forms the southern edge of the wood. Its road allowance extends along the forested area to Cresswell Road. The well trodden pathway provides a terrific three hundred meter walk toward the agricultural lands in this neighborhood. This green space is close to Balsam Park, the Flight Path and Cresswell Road Green Space.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 58″ W123° 25′ 24″

You can get to Dickson Avenue Green Space from Pat Bay Highway. Turn 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 first exit onto Canora Road. Continue onto Willingdon Road and at the roundabout take the third exit onto East Saanich Road. Turn right onto Dickson Avenue. Once on Dickson Avenue continue to the end of the road and look for the trial. There is roadside parking.

Balsam Park

A rare gem in the North Saanich area, Balsam Park has terrific playground and large grass field for children, of all ages, to play on.  The parkland is about half an hectare in size. Its northern side bordered by the fences of the neighborhood homes and a few trees. The playground includes a climbing structure with a slide. There are also two swing sets.  This quiet neighborhood  park can be reached from either Balsam or Basswood roads.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 58″ W123° 25′ 24″

Balsam Park can be reached from from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange,  the unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the first exit onto Canora Road. Continue onto Willingdon Road and at the roundabout take the third exit onto East Saanich Road. Turn right onto Dickson Avenue or take the next right onto Graham Avenue. Once along Dickson Avenue turn left onto Balsam Road and look for the park to the left near the end of the street. Alternatively, once along Graham Avenue look for the park at the junction with Basswood Road. There is roadside parking along Balsam and Basswood roads.