Elderberry Way Green Space

Formed by the easement between properties in North Saanich, this green space is a second growth forest of cedar, Douglas-fir, arbutus and maple trees. The canopy of the trees shades most of the understory yet there are plenty of smaller plants like ferns and salal to enjoy on your walk. The green space contains an excellent yet strenuous natural trail that climbs up the hill near Elderberry Way. The trail has about a forty meter rise over about a half kilometer, if you hike to the junction with Calypso Lane. The trail connects the roadside trail along Lands End Road with the network of trails between Horth Hill Park and Green Park. This trail network can be reached from the turnabout of Elderberry Way as well as part way along both Tanager Road and Calypso Lane.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 21” W123° 25’ 24” along Lands End Road

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road for about three kilometers and look for the trailhead before Elderberry Way. Alternatively turn left onto Elderberry Way to access the trail from the end of this road.  There is very limited road side parking.

Lands End Road Green Space

This green space contains a well used natural trail and secondary growth forest. The Douglas-fir, yew, maple, Arbutus and cottonwood trees provide a varied canopy overhead while walking, running and cycling along the trail from Lands End Road. This green space is near the Swartz Bay BC Ferry terminal. It can be located by looking for the pair of concrete barriers, on the left of the road, shortly after you pass the ferry terminal. The trail is part of the roadside trail of Lands End Road. From this green space additional areas of North Saanich can be reached. The trail connects uphill to Cardinal Close, Salal Place, Lockspur Lane. These trails continue to Green Park and Horth Hill Park. Another trail continues to Swartz Bay Road and is parallel to the Pat Bay Highway.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41’ 2” W123° 24’ 53”

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. After you pass the passenger turn off for the ferry terminal, look for roadside parking. The trail is about only a few meters past the merge lane on the left side of the road. It can be difficult to locate.