Bowker Creek Park

Bowker Creek Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Bowker Creek originates near Cedar Hill Golf Course and Shelborne Street; its watershed encompasses over one thousand hectares including waters that drain from Mount Tolmie and parts of the University of Victoria.  The creek is not visible at Shakespeare Street and Hillside Avenue as it flows southeast towards Beach Drive.  The streets and avenues of Oak Bay and Victoria often cover this urban creek as it makes its way toward the ocean.  Bowker Creek is visible as it passes by several schoolyards: Richmond Elementary School, Oak Bay Secondary High School, and Glenlyon School.  This creek empties into the ocean at south end of Willows Beach Park near Glenlyon School.  Only a short section of the creek has been developed as a public walkway.  The walkway starts near the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road and continues in a southeastern direction towards Oak Bay High School. The walkway stops near the Oak Bay Fire Department as the creek is underground until it passes by Fireman’s Park and ball diamond. This sections of the creek borders on the Oak Bay informal garden beds on Monteith Street. The creek is bordered by private property until it reaches Beach Drive near the Glenlyon Nothfolk School grounds and reaches the ocean. Ducks and other waterfowl can frequently be seen in the creek.  If you go there in the spring, you may even see some ducklings. The walkway continues east toward the ocean.  You follow the creek behind the schoolyard and walk eastward for about 20 minutes.  If you continue to walk to St. Ann Street turn left and continue your walk around the corner to the Fireman’s Park.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Bowker Creek 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. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to the Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left onto Cadboro Bay Road and then right to park at the Oak Bay Recreation Center or continue along to Oak Bay Secondary School off Cadboro Bay Road.  The pathway can be accessed both places.  Several buses provide service to different sections of the creek.

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Beach Road Beach Access, North Saanich

Beach Road, North Saanich beach

In the Swartz Head neighborhood of North Saanich is the short Beach Road. It ends in pebble trail and small gravel turnabout beside a large rock face with modern glyphs. The gravel trail along the seaside properties of Swartz Head leads to the pebble beach. There is a eleven step concrete staircase to this unique sandy pebble beach of Tsehum Harbour. This is a wonderful place to watch the waves and yachts while you relax against the logs on the shoreline. This promontory, called Kingfisher Point, is worth the effort to visit as on the nearby waters, rocks and reefs you can see Canadian geese, buffleheads, harlequin ducks as well as crows and gulls. Occasionally river otters can be seen swimming or amongst logs and rocks. A peaceful spot.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40’ 33” W123° 24’ 30”

You can get to Beach Road Beach Access from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Turn east onto Kitti Wake Place right onto Curteis Road, then south on Tryon Road to pass by West Port Marina. Follow Tryon Road southward and  look for the right branch of the road to get onto Beach Road. There is very little parking along Beach Road. The trail to the beach at near the turnabout along the road.