Midland Circle Green Space

Midland Circle Green Space is located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space was formed in earlier nineteen hundreds as part of the terminus of the streetcar to provide access to the Uplands Farm Estates. The asphalt covers the railway bed that formed the initial circle. Several tall Garry oak trees provide shade over the well maintained lawn of the green space.

Geographical Location N48º 26’ 50”  W123º 18’ 6”

Midland Circle Green Space can be accessed from Lansdowne Road. Turn left on the single track Midland Road to reach the green space. Both Cotswold and Ripon roads connect to the road that circles the green space. City buses travel along Midland Road.

Craigflower Manor Gardens

Craigflower house fence

The gardens at the Craigflower Manor, a provincial and national heritage site, were cleared for agricultural uses in the late eight hundreds. The homestead is located along the picturesque shore of Portage Inlet near Craigflower Bridge. The gardens lie on the east side grand house that was built for the Mckenzie Family. Kenneth McKenzie was the Hudson’s Bay Company bailiff and homesteader for the original three hundred and sixty hectare farm that extended east and south from the manor. Cartographical illustrations show that the route for Craigflower Road led though the property. The two story house with bilateral symmetrical windows and doorways, a style considered Georgian, was completed in eighteen fifty six. This one hectare property has rose beds, pine trees and a grove of larch trees (Larix occidentalis). There are also several raised garden beds used for the community grown vegetables. Portage Inlet borders the property to the north and east. Craigflower Bridge marks the junction of the inlet with the Gorge waterway that connects to Victoria Harbour. Information signs on the property explain the historical uses of this area that spanned green space. Shoreline Community Middle School Green Space, Shoreline Drive Green Space, Craigflower Road Green Space, Portage Park, Glentana Road Green Space and the Gorge Park, in Saanich where the Craigflower Schoolhouse resides, are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 7” W123° 25’ 27”

Craigflower Manor Gardens can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit onto Admirals Road and turn south. Continue across the Craigflower Bridge to the first driveway after the bridge. This leads into the small parking area and just before Craigflower Road. City buses travel along both Admirals Road and Craigflower Road. Additional parking can be found near the shopping complex to the south.

The heritage site is open seasonally with living history interpreters providing information about the lands.

Elliot Square

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Pioneer Square Park

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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.