Gonzales Bay Park

Gonzales Bay Park, or more commonly called Gonzales Beach, is a very popular water front park with a sandy beach. It is also known as Foul Bay. This wonderful beach is best at low tides. The western end is the main access where there are toilets, picnic tables and several benches. The beach access is steep but wheel chair accessible. At each curve in the pathway to the beach is a terrace with some grass and a picnic table. This is a great place to lounge on the beach or the grassy terraces that overlook the beach but arrive early as this is a popular place. There are excellent views of Gonzales Bay, Trial Island and lighthouse, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. There is a beach access from both Foul Bay and Crescent roads via staircases which end near the eastern end of the beach. Fairfield Hill Park, Ross Bay Cemetery, Clover Point are nearby. Gonzales Regional Park with the observatory is on the hilltop about five blocks away.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 42” W123° 19′ 49″

Gonzales Bay Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road then right again onto Crescent Road. Look for the park located on at the junction with Ross Street. There is limited roadside parking along Foul Bay and Crescent Roads and small parking area at the end of Ross Street. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

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Crescent Road Green Space

Stunning water views are seen from this linear green space. It hosts a pathway beside a large arbutus and a couple of Douglas fir trees. The pathway is a wide slope concrete sidewalk to a concrete fifteen step staircase that leads to the sandy shores of Gonzales Beach. Foul Bay Road Green space is a couple of houses to the east and Gonzales Beach can also be accessed from Ross Street a few houses west along Crescent Road.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 43” W123° 19′ 41″

Crescent Road Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay and then right onto Crescent Road. The green space is at 1849 Crescent Road where there is limited roadside parking along. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown.

Foul Bay Road Green Space

The southern end of Foul Bay Road, Victoria, BC, ends at Gonzales Bay which is part of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada. This bay was once called Foul Bay, which was a misspelling of the word fowl: as the area once was a fowl farm established by landowner Isabelle Ross and her family. This green space hosts a concrete pathway beside a large Garry oak tree. The pathway leads to long concrete staircase that ends in the rocky area of the eastern side of Gonzales Beach. Gonzales Hill Regional Park is on the hilltop north of this green space. Crescent Road Green Space is about four houses west along Crescent Road. Harling Point Cemetery Green Space is to the east.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 42” W123° 19′ 36″

Foul Bay Road Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue across Crescent Road. There is limited roadside parking along Foul Bay and Crescent Road access. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown.

Gonzales Hill Regional Park – Victoria

Gonzales and Ross bays Victoria Gonzales Observatory Gonzales Hill Park 7

This rocky urban wilderness park of the Capital Regional District has amazing views of the Victoria area like Clover Point, Government House, Craigdarrach Castle, Mt Tolmie, Mt Douglas and the Gulf Islands. The highest point of Gonzales Hill is sixty-six meters above sea level and has views of Trial Island and Lighthouse, McNeil Bay, Gonzales Bay and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Across the waters are the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. Further east are Mt Rainer and Mt Baker. Part of Gonzales Hill Regional Park is in the City of Victoria who shares this hill top with Oak Bay Municipality. There are few benches throughout the park with one located near the summit. The views of the stars from Gonzales Hill once were further enhanced by the unique observatory that was built in nineteen fourteen for the Dominion Meteorological Services and used by Environment Canada for the next seventy five years. There are three trail accesses into the park. The main route, about a hundred meters to the summit or the observatory, is from the parking lot off of Denison Road. It connects with the thirty-five meter pathway up from Fairfield Place. The third pathway, about sixty meters long, is called Centennial Trail and zigzags down between the down the south side of Gonzales Hill to Barkley Terrace. There are stairs along the Centennial Trail access route. This area is frequented by dog walker, hikers and runners. Walbran Park is east along Denison Road and Gonzales Beach is down the hill.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 48” W123° 19′ 30″

Gonzales Hill Regional Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Fairfield Place or Denison Road. At the end of Fairfield Place there is a short trail up to the observatory with a limited roadside parking across from 1968 Fairfield Place. Along Denison Road there is a parking area near the observatory as well as the cairn for Walbran. City buses travel along Fairfield Road between downtown and the University of Victoria.