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.

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McDonald Park West Green Space, North Saanich

McDonald Park West Green Space is a two and half hectare forested area along the west side of Pat Bay Highway near the McDonald Park –Wain Road Overpass. The trail is flat compared to many of trails in North Saanich.  This trail is through deciduous forests and farmland included lavender fields. The trail connects with the southern end of  Littlewood Road, another good roadside walk in your backyard.

Geographic coordinates to Littlewood Road N48° 40′ 09″ W123° 25′ 50″

McDonald Park can be accessed from Pat Bay Highway (#17). Turn left onto McDonald Park Road (west). Then turn right, almost immediately,  onto John Road. Take the next right, about a kilometer later, onto Littlewood Road, which may also be known as Little John Farm Road.  There is limited roadside parking along Littlewood Road.