Ross Bay Cemetery Green Space

RBC trees 2 RBC pine trees 2 RBC Chilean pine

Eleven hectares along the water front of Ross Bay, Salish Sea, form the Ross Bay Cemetery, and its green space, in the Fairfield community of Victoria, B.C. This cemetery is like a large neighborhood park that has a unique arboretum, amazing sculptures and monuments as well as plenty of benches and pathways. There is even a restroom located near the southwestern corner, off Memorial Crescent. It is a remarkable site to visit as a hiker, history buff as well as a naturalist.Two creeks, East Creek and South Fairfield Stream, once flowed through these lands forming deep ravines that have been diverted into culverts. The ravines were filled during development in this area which now hosts space for over thirty five thousand interments. These consist mostly of double-depth plots. The tombstones vary from ornately elaborate gabled Gothic tablets, obelisk and bi-columnar monuments to simple granite tablets and screens. Thus allowing remembrance of the various historical figures of Victoria, B.C. Numerous trees and shrubs were planted in eighteen seventy two during development and are considered heritage trees for this area. Due to its proximity to the seashore, salt spray tolerant trees and plants form the windbreak and border along Dallas Road and Ross Bay Walkway. These include white pine, Wheatley’s and cork bark elm and tamarisk, a salt cedar, trees. Within the park are several Garry oak trees, black locust and big leaf maple trees. A large Camperdown elm, Ulmus glabra, a form of Scotch elm tree; and atlas cedar tree can also be found along the pathways. The trees that form the length of Memorial Crescent are a mixture of conifer trees including a temple juniper, Austrian pine, Chilean pine, Japanese red pine, and Himalayan white pine. The hedge plants form the park border along Memorial Crescent, Fairfield Road and the alleyway of St. Charles Street include ash, boxwood, English hawthorn, holly, laurel and yew. There are several books and many brochures like those provided by the Victoria Heritage Foundation and the Old Cemeteries Society with burial information in this cemetery. Clover Point Park, Ross Bay Walkway, Little Ross Bay Park, Hollywood Park, Porter Park and Moss Rock Park are nearby.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 39” W123° 20′ 39″

Ross Bay Cemetery can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road. Look for the cemetery at 1495 Fairfield Road between Memorial Crescent, St Charles Street and Dallas Road. There is limited roadside parking and numerous access trails to the grounds. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

Hollywood Park

Holly wood Park from Earle Hollywood park 4

Hollywood Park is beautifully landscaped Garry oak (Quercus garryana) treed parkland covering two and a third hectares in the Fairfield community of Victoria, BC. Stroll along the perimeter of park to take in the flower beds and trees, like the golden plumed cedar ‘Aurea’ (Cedrus deodara), rhododendrons and azaleas. In a few sections of the park the flower beds are bordered by a split cedar fence and a narrow pathway. Stroll along the paved pathway to reach the playground, ball diamond or tennis courts. This one hundred and sixty meter walkway connects Earle Street with Fairfield Road; neither end is gated. Close to the Earle Street border of the park is the playground with a sand base. There are slides for young and old children that are part of a climbing structure with platforms that have monkey bars and ladders. There are two swing sets with a couple for toddler seats in one set. The other has four swings. The playground is shaded early mornings and later afternoons by the tall Garry oak and London plane trees. The baseball diamond is home to the Beacon Hill Little League ball players and has bleachers, score board and seasonal concession. Fairfield shopping plaza is about a block west along Fairfield Road if other sustenance is needed. Part of the ball field forms the pitch for soccer. There is a second much smaller grassy area, with a chain-link fenced backstop across from the playground. Picnic tables and benches are found along the pathway and near the playground and sport fields. The toilets are near the tennis courts. The two tennis courts are fenced and lie close to Fairfield Road. The area of Hollywood Park is within the hidden East Creek drainage area and is occasionally quite wet.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 51” W123° 20′ 8″

Hollywood Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to St Charles Street. Once past St Charles look for Hollywood Park to the left. The park lies along Fairfield Road and Earle Street where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown.