Sunny Beach Access

 

Sunny Beach Access is a beach access in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space provides access to a cobble sand cove that is surrounded by granodiorite rocks. There is a wonderful view is to the east with Trail Islands and the San Juan island resting on the Salish Sea. McNeill Bay is immediately to the left and Sunny Green Space is west across King George Terrace.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 39”  W123º 19’ 3”

Sunny Green Space 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 along to Beach Avenue. Turn right onto Beach Avenue then make a left onto Sunny Lane which looks like a shared driveway. The trail to the ocean is at the end of the lane. There is limited parking in this residential area.  City buses travel close to this park.

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Gonzales Hill Regional Park – Oak Bay

 

Gonzales Hilll Regional Park is a park of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Acquired in 1992 by both Victoria and Oak Bay Municipalities and the CRD, the distinctive rounded roof of the Gonzales Observatory Weather Station overlooks Victoria, Oak Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  This park hosts the heritage building, which was built in nineteen fourteen. The site was used by meteorological scientists for gathering data on atmospheric gases until the late nineteen eighties.  The view from the summit of Gonzales Park, at 200 feet above sea level, is to the southwest over the City of Victoria and the western communities of Esquimalt, Colwood and Metchosin. The rocky outcrops are mostly granodiorite with glacial striations. The rocks are covered with unique wildflowers, various mosses and lichens. Small shrubs and trees cling to the slopes of the park.  A walking pathway leads from the parking area past the observatory and toward Barkley Terrace, a road that connects to King George Terrace. This pathway is really for those who are venturesome as the route eventually leads to Gonzales Bay.  Garry oak and arbutus trees are found in this parkland as well as broom and snowberry shrubs. At Gonzales Bay, in the Municipality of Victoria, picnic tables, toilets and benches overlook the sand and pebble beach.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 48”  W123º 19’ 28”

Gonzales Hill Regional 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 along to Denison Road. Turn right onto Denison Road and continue up the hill to the reach the parking area on the right. Access to the park is available from several areas.  Parking off Barkley is limited.  Alternatively, start at the sandy beach of Gonzales Bay, climb stairs at the eastern end of the beach onto Crescent Road, keep straight ahead on King George Terrace, turn lead onto Barkley Terrace, climb stairs to observatory.  City buses travel close to this park.

Anderson Hill Park

 

Anderson Hill Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of the thirteen communities in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Even when the flowers, Easter lilies, shooting stars, and camas lilies, are not in bloom Blueberry Hill draws admirers to its 63 acres at 125 feet above sea level.  Created from property originally proposed as a residential lots, Blueberry Hill provides suburb views over McNeill (Shoal) Bay and Juan De Fuca Strait.  On clear days this park provides awesome views of the Olympic Mountains as well as snow topped Mt. Baker of the Coastal Range in Washington State.  Trial Island with its three towers and light house form the forefront of the portrait.  Detailed sketches of the plants found in this park are provided at the main entrance to the park.  You can also look across to Walbran Park on the western hilltop. Dedicated to Al Unwin, the director of Oak Bay Parks, Blueberry Hill also named Anderson Hill.  The hilltop was named after Alexander Caufield Anderson.  He was an explorer, agriculturist, and artist, who arrived with the Hudson Bay Company and stayed on as the first customs collector and postmaster for Victoria. The footpath through the park is partly well marked by wood chips or gravel and other sections are across the rocky outcrops. The route is about half a kilometer along the perimeter of the park. There are a few garry oak trees and small shrubs in the parkland.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 49”  W123º 18’ 22”

Anderson Hill 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 along to Beach Drive. Turn left onto Beach Drive and continue along the shore McNeill Bay. Turn left onto Newport Avenue.  Turn onto Island Road and watch of the park sign.  Parking is available beside Island Road.  Access to the park is also available through Transit Road although the trail is difficult to spot.  It lies between houses #545 and #577. City busses provide access off of Transit Road.

McMicking Park

McMicking Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This grass covered half a hectare park has sandbox playground in its southwestern corner. McMicking Point is a promontory along Enterprise Channel on the southeast shore of Vancouver Island. Trial Island lighthouse is immediate off shore and forms the fore drop for the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. This rocky shoreline is a pleasant place to take a walk. Stroll through the foreshore bramble, composed mostly of gorse, Ulex europaeus, along a rough trail to reach the old concrete storm water pipes. Or scramble up the granite rocks to enjoy the view.  The park is located in a residential area and bordered by several waterfront homes. Mr. McMicking was a business man who set up the first electrically company that brought street lights and telephone lines into Oak Bay in the late eighteen seventies. The namesake for this park was a Masonic Grand Master and is interned in Ross Bay Cemetery. The park is near Kitty Island Park, McNeil Bay Park, Lafayette Park and Anderson Hill Park.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 38”  W123º 18’ 17”

McMicking 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 along to Beach Drive. Turn left onto Beach Drive and continue along the shore McNeill Bay. Turn right onto Hood Lane which quickly curves to the left. Near the end of Radcliff Lane is a small parking area.   There is no street parking nor bus access.

Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park2

Lafayette Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This grass covered half a hectare park has sandbox playground in its southwestern corner.  The field is large enough for organized sports and is often booked for local sports team practices and games. Lafayette Park is welcoming place to play brochette ball, toss a frisbee, or simply enjoy the picnic tables.  There is a laurel hedge around the edges of this park. The hedge row is in sections with shrubs and trees planted between most of  the sections. There are Garry oak plum and shore pine trees as well as a several shrubs providing shade in this park. The park is located in a residential area near Monterey Middle School and McNeill Bay Park.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 51”  W123º 18’ 56”

Lafayette 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 McNeil Avenue. Turn left onto McNeill Avenue and continue to Hampshire Road. Turn right onto Hampshire Road and look for Lafayette Park is on the left. Street parking is available and there is small parking area off of Hampshire Road.   A couple of city buses provide access near Lafayette Park.

Hampshire Monterey Green Space

 

Hampshire Monterey Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space connects Hampshire Road to Monterey Avenue to form a pleasant walk in the many lane ways of Oak Bay. The green space, which has three sections, is mostly grass covered lane ways bordered by the various fences of the neighboring properties. There are Garry oak trees and shrubs that provide shade over the green space. Each section is about eighty-five meters long and connects the two road along lane ways.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 14”  W123º 18’ 57”

This Green Space 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 McNeill Avenue. Turn left onto McNeill Avenue to reach Hampshire Road. Turn left on to Hampshire Road and look for the lane way on the right beside house 1027. City buses travel along McNeill Road.

Roslyn Hampshire Green Space

 

Roslyn Hampshire Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space connects Roslyn Road and Hampshire Road to form a pleasant walk along a laneway of Oak Bay. The green space, which has three sections, is mostly grass covered and bordered by the various fences of the perimeter properties. There are several tall trees and many shrubs that provide shade over the green space. Each section is about eighty-five meters long and connects the two roads along laneways. The road was formerly named Pleasant while Hampshire Avenue was named for the birth place of Mr. William Noble, which is a community in England.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 17”  W123º 19’ 1”

This Green Space 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 McNeill Avenue. Turn left onto McNeill Avenue to reach Roslyn Road. Turn left on to Roslyn Road and look for the laneway on the right beside 1027. City buses travel along McNeill Road.