Quimper Park

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Quimper Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that forms the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Quimper Park is a residential park with a playground that has a swing, slide and play set with a wood chip base. A small sand box is found near the play area.  The quarter of a hectare grassy lot is great place to kick around a soccer ball or play a game of frisbee.  There is a small asphalt area designed for basketball. This park has benches and is surrounded by homes and has a low fence along the quiet roadside. There are washrooms and a small shelter area for picnics. There are some small roadside trees. The Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are near by.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Quimper Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Quimper Street. The park is on the left between the residential homes.  There is limited off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Victoria Roslyn Green Space

Victoria Roslyn Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space connects Victoria Avenue to Roslyn Road to form a pleasant walk along a laneway of Oak Bay. The green space, which has three sections, is mostly grass covered and bordered by the various fences of the perimeter properties. There are several tall trees that provide shade over the green space. Fruit trees and shrubs are seen along the green space. Each section is about eighty-five meters long and connects the two roads along laneways. The avenue was named for Queen Victoria while Roslyn Road was formerly called Pleasant Road.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 14”  W123º 19’ 6”

This Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach McNeill Avenue. Turn left onto McNeill Avenue to reach Victoria Avenue. Turn left on to Victoria Avenue and look for the laneway on the right beside house 1027. City buses travel along McNeill Road.

Entrance Corner Green Space

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Entrance Corner Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located on the corner of Foul Bay Road and Oak Bay Avenue, this green space has a large sign that marks the corner and border between Oak Bay and Victoria. There are couple benches that overlook the beautiful landscaped flowers and shrubs. A twenty meter long gravel footpath curves through the park. Brighton Green Space is nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 34”  W123º 19’ 21”

Entrance Corner Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Oak Bay Avenue. The green space is on the corner. There is limited street parking along Foul Bay Road. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

Oak Bay Municipal Green Space

Oak Bay Municipal Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Large Garry oak trees shade this street side green space. A unique outdoor art sculpture of two large acorns adorned is green space. Named sleeping giants the pair of acorns are cast in bronze by artists F. Dodds and N. Scott. The grass covered areas are bordered by landscaped floral areas with rhododendron and small shrubs. Cochrane’s Common Green Space is nearby as its Entrance Corner. Washrooms are found in the Municipal building’s lower level.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 34”  W123º 19’ 1”

Oak Bay Municipal Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left onto Oak Bay Avenue and look for the large outdoor art acorns on the right.  There is street parking along Oak Bay Avenue. City buses travel along the roadway.

Corbett’s Corner Green Space

Corbett’s Corner Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. It is at the junction of Oak Bay Avenue with Newport Road. Saint David Street is also at this junction. The green space was apparently named after Scottish dentist Corbett and his wife as memorial and it marks the intersection of three streets in Oak Bay. It is developed with triangle shaped garden bed containing several small plantings that is surrounded by a grass covered area. Haynes Park, Brighton Green Space and Windsor Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 34”  W123º 18’ 38”

Corbett’s Corner Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left on to Oak Bay Avenue and continue to the curve of the road as it changes names to Newport Avenue. The green space is at this junction. There is street parking. City buses travel along Oak Bay Avenue and Newport Avenue.

Oak Bay Green Space

 

Oak Bay Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This pathway is near the junction of Oak Bay with Newport Road. This green space is a pedestrian pathway that connects the end of Oak Bay Avenue to Beach Drive. The footpath isat the junction of Prospect Place and Oak Bay Avenue. It is about 100 meters long. There is a sixteen step concrete staircase with a metal hand rail down the middle along the green space. The gravel and concrete pathway doubles as road access to the nearby homes. The roadway cross walk leads from the green space to Haynes Park; it crosses over Beach Drive. Windsor Park and Turkey Head Green Space are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 34”  W123º 18’ 32”

Oak Bay Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left on to Oak Bay Avenue and turn left to stay on Oak Bay Avenue as the road curves to become Newport Avenue. Look for the trail on the right as the road curves to the left to become Prospect Place. There is limited parking along Prospect Place. City buses travel along Oak Bay Avenue.

Turkey Head Walkway and Mary Todd Islet

 

20180127_115100Turkey Head Walkway and Mary Tod Islet is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Watch and feed the seals that inhabit in the ocean waters near the Oak Bay Marina from the Turkey Head Walkway. This boardwalk starts near the bus stop goes around the perimeter of the parking lot. The boardwalk section provides fun views of the marina and ramp to access the docks. A small bistro is found along here and outdoor seating to enjoy a snack. There are twenty wood steps to stroll up to reach the concrete foot path. The concrete sidewalk forms the rest of the Turkey Head walkway. The walkway was created when the breakwater was formed in nineteenfiftynine. There are several benches along this section and a lovely outdoor art creation. The views of the islands in the Salish Sea are breathtaking.  At the site of the old Oak Bay Aquarium, Several beach access points with concrete steps down to seashore are found here.  These access points are a favorite for kayakers and other personal water crafters who want to explore the islets and water ways of Oak Bay and the Salish Sea.

Mary Todd Islet (named in eighteen fifty six), locally known as the Turkey Head and Jimmy-Jenny Chickens’ Island (from a local eccentric who dwelled there at the turn of nineteen-hundreds), forms a natural part of the rocky breakwater for Oak Bay Marina.  It lies near the outer breakwater of the Marina.  The three hectare islet is named for the second daughter of John Todd of the Hudson Bay Company. There are several small trees and shrubs on the island with a sheltered sandy beach on its southwest shore. It is only accessible by boat.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 25”  W123º 18’ 10”

Turkey Head Walkway can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off Foul Bay onto Cadboro Bay Road and take the first right turn immedicately after the high school onto Canmore Street. Follow Canmore Street to Beach Drive. Turn right ton Beach Drive and continue along to the parking area for the marina. The walkway traces a u-shaped around the parking lot.There is street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

You can get to Turkey Head Walkway and the Marina from Oak Bay Avenue to Beach Drive.  Ample parking can be found the lot near the Marina and Restaurant.

Start your walk at the bridge at Beach Drive and walk on the tidal beach or on the sidewalk.  Continue along the sidewalk to Haynes Park, in about 30 minutes, or Willow Beach Park, in about 60 minutes. Several buses provide service to close to this park.

Saint Patrick’s Perish Green Space

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Saint Patrick’s Perish Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Initially called Willows Church the building was on a large open field and was created in nineteen twelve. Shortly thereafter it became the original perish for Lady of our Lourdes and was the first Catholic church in Oak Bay. At that time the street, now called Haultain, was called Third Street. This original structure is the Poor Clare Sisters chapel while the new perish was built in nineteen sixty and renamed by the Reverend Father William MacDonald as St Patrick’s. The affiliate elementary school is in Saanich, B.C. St. Patrick’s Elementary school was founded in nineteen fifty-four. A small grass covered area lies to the east of the perish while most of the land is private condo property. Cedar hedge trees and various shrubs forming the green scape around the large asphalt parking lot.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 10”  W123º 19’ 11”

Saint Patrick’s Perish Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdown Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to Haultain Street. Turn left and look for the green space on the left. There is some street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

Camas Trail

Camas Trail Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Named for the camas lilies, bulb plants with a spring time blue flower, that were a seasonal food of the residents of this area. These spring time flowers usually are best seen in bloom from March until May along this trail. This green space was an Oak Bay Heritage Byway used before eighteen eighty two as a service trail along the border of Jon Tod’s Willows Farm and Hudson Bay’s Upland Farm. It is a pedestrian friendly pathway that partially composed of back lanes in the Uplands Willows neighborhood. From Musgrave Street to Esplanade Drive the route is about eight hundred and fifty meters with a variety of surfaces. Several sections are paved others are wood chips and many are gravelly soil. The route is bordered by an equally interesting variety of fence materials including hedges, chain-link and weathered wooden fences. Several trees and shrubs provide additional shade along the route. This green space is near Uplands Park and Willows Beach Park.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 34”  W123º 18’ 29”

Camas Trail Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Nottingham Road. Look for the Camas Trail marker on the lane way across from 1510 Nottingham Road. There is some street parking. City buses travel along Nottingham Road.

Dorset Devon Green Space

 

Dorset Devon Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is a pedestrian friendly pathway between Dorset and Devon roads. The concrete walkway is about twenty meters long and lined by the wood fence and hedges of the neighboring properties. There is a metal barrier that limits access onto the pathway from Dorset Road. This green space is near Uplands Park. Camas Trail and Willows Beach Park area nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 29”  W123º 18’ 20”

Dorest Devon Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdown Road to reach Nottingham Road and take the immediate left onto Devon Road. The walkway is in the turnabout or end of Devon Road. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Nottingham Road.