Clover Point Park is a very popular waterfront park that projects into the Strait of Juan de Fuca of the Salish Sea near Ross Bay. Named for the reddish-purple flowers of springbank clover (Trifolium wormskjoldii) in eighteen forty two, the point of land that forms Clover Point was the arrival point for Sir James Douglas. This four hectare park extends from Cook Street along the waterfront to Memorial Crescent within the City of Victoria, B.C. The shoreline is mostly rocky, even at low tides. A lower low tides, a small sand and cobble beach is exposed below the cliffs on the southwestern side of the park. Access to this beach is from the pathway on the western side of the point.
There are two main walkways along the shore within this park. The paved ridge pathway is very popular with hikers, walkers and dog walkers. It is always amazing to see the different breeds of dogs. The grass covered area between the pathway and Dallas Road is frequented by paragliders, kite flyers and, occasionally, elementary school children running their cross country races. The bluff has a split cedar fence to limit access the cliff. The bluff is composed of glacial sediments that erode easily. The rocky beach trail is best at low tides and is frequently used. The beach route continues to the staircase, designed using the WWII turret, up to the Dallas Road and Cook Street junction.
Clover Point promontory has a paved half a kilometer circle drive bordered by a parking area that surrounds a large grass covered field. This site hosts a pancake breakfast during the start of the Swiftsure Yacht Race in May. An outdoor sculpture, Millennium Peace by sculpturist Maarten Schaddlee, is found near the junction of the park access and Dallas Road. Curved into Vancouver Island Marble is was placed in the year two thousand on Earth Day.
Despite the sewage pumping station building on its eastern side, this park is a great place to fly kites, walk your dog, walk with friends or just enjoy the panoramic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca of the Salish Sea with the background of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. On windy days wind surfers take to the waves in Ross Bay and Finalyson Point. Beacon Hill Park borders on clover point to the west and Ross Bay Walkway extends to the west.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 20” W123° 20′ 60″
Clover Point Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard until you reach Dallas Road. Turn left and follow along until the promontory of Clover Point can be accessed. City buses travel along Fairfield Road and other streets in the Fairfield area near this park.