Holland Point Park

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Holland Point Park is a water front park in Victoria, B.C, along the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea. It encompasses over five hectares within the James Bay community. The concrete sidewwalk along Dallas Road from Douglas to Boyd Street is about a thousand meters. This roadside sidewalk is often left to the uninitiated as the paved ridge trail, only a hundred meters longer, is refreshing, both for the view and the west winds. If you enjoy an even more scenic and adventurous route, follow the shoreline when the tide is low enough. The length of this lower route can be up to several hundred meters longer due to the staircases and sloped access points to the ridge trail. This popular nature park has many benches along the ridge pathway. Views from the ridge are across waters near Brotchie Ledge to the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. The landscape on the ridge is mostly uncut grass covered area with a few trails mowed though it. The trees are mostly small elms intermixed with Himalayan blackberries and wild rose bushes. There are also several Garry oak and shore pine trees.

Holland Point Park borders along Beacon Hill Park near Mile Zero and Finlayson Point. Named after a seaman and school teacher George Holland, Holland Point Park hosts a small duck pond, called the Model Yacht Pond; it is a sight to see the various remotely navigated ships, tugs and vessels ply the waters of the pond. There are picnic tables and play equipment as well as toilets. The expanse of the Holland Point Park is a meadow with tall grasses and is adorned with the paired outdoor art works called the glass-half-full completed by artist Tyler Hodgins. Odgen Point Walkway, MacDonald Park, Todd Park, Lewis Street Park, Lewis Twentysix Green Space, Menzies Sixtyfour Green Space and Beacon Hill Park  are nearby should you have more time to explore the James Bay community.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 34” W123° 22′ 22″

Holland Point Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Continue onto Belleville Street as Blanchard Street curves toward Douglas Street. Turn left onto Douglas Street and follow to Dallas Road. At Dallas Road turn right and go about three blocks to see the small pond. There is limited roadside parking along Dallas Road. City buses travels through James Bay area near this park.

Mile Zero West – Beacon Hill Park

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This well photographed site hosts the Canadian National Marker called Mile Zero that marks one of two western  points of the Trans Canada (TC) Trail and Highway. Just shy of a half a hectare in size, Mile Zero West is a beautiful landscaped triangular shaped lawn that is part of Beacon Hill Park. It is separated from the main parkland by Battery Street in Victoria, B.C. The TC Highway passes through the southern towns and cities of the provinces of Canada to St. John’s, Newfoundland, whose terminus is Mile Zero East. That’s an eight thousand and thirty kilometer distance. The Trans Canada Trail is multi-user trail that mostly parallels the highway. A statue of Terry Fox, a young Canadian man whose dream was to complete a foot race across Canada despite diagnoses with cancer, stands just behind the marker and looks south to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Salish Sea. A plaque and monument acknowledging Stephen Fonyo’s marathon across Canada also lies in nearby. A couple of Garry oak, shore pine and horse chestnut trees provide limited shade of the lovely flower beds and benches in this green space.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 33” W123° 22′ 8″

Mile Zero-Beacon Hill Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard Street as it merges with Douglas Street near Southgate and Superior streets. This marks the northwestern corner of Beacon Hill Park. Continue along Douglas Road to Dallas Road and look for the markers near the junction of Douglas, Dallas and Battery Street. City buses travel to the Beacon Hill Park and in the James Bay area from downtown Victoria.

Finlayson Point – Beacon Hill Park

Finlayson Point – Beacon Hill Park lies in the southern border of City of Victoria. Form from felsic rocks and glacial till this point projects into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea. It is smaller than Clover Point, to the east. Holland Point is further west. Finlayson Point’s seaside bluffs, composed of mostly glacial till overlain with dark soils, of Beacon Hill Park merge with the shoreline of Clover Point Park and Holland Point Park. The grasslands of the ridge along Dallas Road shaded by a few large Garry oak and horse chestnut trees. The shore line shrubs are mostly composed of an elm species and few snowberry and alder bushes.

 

There are two main footpaths to stroll along while enjoying the spectacular panoramic view of the ocean with Washington State’s Olympic Mountain range as the backdrop. A flat paved eight hundred and eighty meter long pathway lies along the ridge within Beacon Hill. Bordered by the grasslands that contain camas and other flowers this area is one of six parks that permits dogs to be off leash in the City of Victoria. Be aware of exuberant canines bounding around. This is a very popular place to see dogs of all types as well as their owners.

 

The slightly quieter beach route can be accessed from near Cook Street via a stair case formed out of the old military weapons battery as well as a rough trail near Finlayson Point. The cobble and gravel beach stretches from Finlayson Point to Clover Point about a kilometer. Access to the waters in Horseshoe Bay, a small sandy bay immediately west of Finlayson Point, is via the rough trail off the point. There are many benches and several picnic tables along the pathways in this section of Beacon Hill Park. Mile Zero – Beacon Hill Park, Holland Point Park and South Park

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 24” W123° 21′ 52″

Finlayson Point – Beacon Hill Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard Street as it merges with Douglas Street near Southgate and Superior streets. This marks the western corner of the parkland. Continue along Douglas Street to the junction with Dallas Road and Battery Street. Turn left onto Dallas Road and look for the angled roadside parking. City buses travel to the park from downtown Victoria.