Fentress Road Green Space – West, North Saanich

Fentress Road Green Space Emard TerraceFentress Road is the southernmost road of North Saanich as it lies along the border of Central Saanich. It runs east to west. This green space is the road right-of-way for Fentress Road and contains a gravel footpath. The six hundred meter pathway passes between the old daffodil fields of Vantreight Farms and the residential area of Sansbury in North Saanich. Douglas fir and cedar trees form a shady canopy over the footpath. The understory is mixed shrubs and blackberry bushes. This pathway is frequented by dog walking and hikers. This green space is close to Quarry Park, Gulf View Picnic Grounds, Dominion Brook Park and John Dean Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 36′ 43″ W123° 24′ 17″

Fentress Road trail can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road past the Panorama Recreation Center on the right and continue past the Center for Plant Health. Turn left down Leal Road, a small road across from Barrett Drive on East Saanich Road. Turn right onto Emard Terrace and look for the hiking marker at the end of Emard Terrace. There is limited roadside parking along Emard. The trail can be also picked up just off Central Saanich Road as its name changes to Bourne Terrace, from the end of Ebor Terrace, from along Aldous Terrace, and from the end of Moxon Terrace. Alternatively, walk down Leal Road from the city bus that travels along East Saanich Road.

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Amity Drive Green Space

Amity Drive Green SpaceAmity Drive in North Saanich lies east to west across Saanich Peninsula. The green space extends from the shores of Bazan Bay westward toward the lower slopes of Mount Newton. The majority of this green space is a paved sidewalk along Amity Drive. This green space is included here since it contains the pedestrian bridge that connects the Sansbury neighborhood to the shoreline of Bazan Bay. The view of the waters of Bazan Bay, the Salish Sea and the neighborhood from over the Patricia Bay Highway is quite unique. Go see for yourself. The beach access from Amity Drive is lovely, despite the large pump facility that runs periodically. Nineteen steps down the concrete and rock staircase brings us to a rock and cobble beach. From here it is a short stroll to Wardle Road Green Space to the south. Cy Hampson Park is slightly further away to the north.Amity Drive Green Space is close to several other parks and green spaces including Fentress Road, Lowe Road, Dominion Brook Park, Gulf View Picnic Grounds and Quarry Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 36′ 56″ W123° 24′ 3″ at Bazan Bay

Amity Drive Green Space can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Amity Drive. This section of Amity Drive leads to Lochside Drive and Lochside Trail. There is limited roadside parking along Amity or Lochside Road. Alternatively, walk down Lowe Road from the city bus that travels along East Saanich Road.