Flight Path, Victoria International Airport

flight pathWatch a military helicopter or a 737 land or take off along the Flight Path, a wonderful 9 300 meter paved walking and cycling trail that circles the entire Victoria International Airport property.  There are several excellent places to see the activities of the small flight school aircraft as well as private aircraft. Give yourself plenty of time as further distractions along the trail include the ocean views of Patricia Bay and Saanich Inlet, the historical building and lands around Holy Trinity Church and the rural agricultural lands of North Saanich. The Flight Path is an excellent trail to use to explore your backyard. This path pass by Rotary Park with its four excellent baseball diamonds and Phillip Brethour Park along Ocean Avenue in Sidney which has a baseball diamond. The trail also crosses over two urban creeks. Reay Creek drains eastward toward Bazen Bay from the land around the airport. This creek hosts a population of coho salmon.  TenTen Creek drains westward into Patricia Bay from the Glen Meadow Golf Course and airport areas. TenTen Creek contains coastal cutthroat trout.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 37″ W123° 28′ 48″ to Pat Bay Beach Park

You can get to the Flight Path from Pat Bay Highway. Follow the highway out to Sidney and turn left at Beacon Avenue and continue as the road curves to become McDonald Park Road. At the intersection turn left onto Mills Road. Continue along Mills Road to West Saanich Road where parking can be found near Patricia Bay Beach Park. Since the pathway parallels Beacon Avenue, Mills Road, West Saanich Road, Willingdon Road, Canora Road,  Ocean Avenue and Stirling Way there are many other options to use as starting point to explore the Flight Path. Such as parking in the gravel parking are near Rotary Park just off of Canora Road.

Glamorgan Farm, North Saanich

glamorgan farmA functional farm established in 1870 is located on three and half hectares of land in North Saanich. Glamorgan Farm has been in operation since the Welshman Richard John of Glamorganshire settled on the Saanich Peninsula property.  The original two hundred hectares of farmland included the area presently occupied by the Victoria International Airport. In the early 1900s the large farm property was subdivided which allowed a model farm to be built with fields, paddocks, fences, log barn and log private residence. The visionary for the model farm came from the entrepreneur John Samuel Henry Matson, a familiar name to many people since he owned the Times Colonist newspaper and initiated ferry service to the Gulf Islands. The unique collection of historical buildings is a significant to the agricultural and pioneer history of North Saanich. This property is presently privately owned. After a visit here stroll along the Littlewood-Glamorgan-Munro Trail or visit the Free Ride Bike Park.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 39′ 33″ W123° 29′ 36″

You can get to the Glamorgan Farm from Pat Bay Highway.  Follow the highway out to Sidney and turn left at Beacon Avenue and continue as the road curves to become McDonald Park Road. Continue through the intersection with Mill Road and look for Glamorgan Road to the left. Turn left and look for Glamorgan Farm and property at 1805.

Free Ride Bike Park

freebikeNS mapWhile not a green space, per say, this bike park is a popular place to learn jumps, improve on skills and ride tracks. The park was established and maintained through the collaboration of the District of North Saanich and a vibrant group of mountain bike cyclists. The specialized bumps and jumps vary in difficulty and are noted on the signage at the park. This park maybe closed due to poor trail conditions and for maintenance. It borders on offices and yard of the District of North Saanich.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 39′ 27″ W123° 25′ 51″

You can get to Free Ride Bike Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Follow the highway out to Sidney and turn left at Beacon Avenue and continue as the road curves to become McDonald Park Road. The intersection turn left onto Mills Road and then take the first right onto Littlewood Road. There is a small gravel parking area on near the  part entrance on the left. This can be good place to start a cycling tour of the Flight Path, a paved trail that circles the entire airport.