Moses Point Beach Access, North Saanich

Moses Point Beach is a good site for swimming, seasonally, as well as, a wonderful place to enjoy the quiet of this North Saanich neighborhood while overlooking the Salish Sea. This green space with a beach access is located near the curve of Lands End Road where it becomes Chalet Road. Moses Point, named for a mid 1800’s hop farmer, gold seeker and hotelier named Daniel Moses, protects the waters of Deep Cove. Deep Cove lies between Moses and Coal points. Its waters contain the large pinnacle called Wain Rock. Wain Rock is marked for navigation and makes a nice diving, kayaking  and fishing destination. The protected waters of Deep Cove contain numerous private moorings and the Deep Cove Marina, with seasonal facilities. There are many opportunities for wonderful photographs in this lovely seaside neighborhood of North Saanich. The hundred meter trail to the beach is bordered by a chain link fence and some large cedar and arbutus trees. Underfoot look for sword ferns and salal. The beach is mostly rocky with some gravel crushed shells and sandy areas at low tides. It is good for kayak launching too. This beach faces mostly northward and has view of Salt Spring Island and Cherry Point which are separated by Cowichan Bay and Samsun Narrows.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41′ 23″ W123° 29′ 0″

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, turn to exit onto McDonald Park-Wain Road. Continue along the road as it curves to the right onto the overpass which leads to the junction with Wain Road. Turn left onto Wain Road. Follow Wain Road until you reach Tatlow Road. Turn right onto Tatlow and follow its rolling agricultural lands across West Saanich Road to Chalet Road. Travel right on Chalet Road and look for Moses Point Road, to the left, as Chalet Road begins to curves to around headland of the Saanich Peninsula. Chalet Road becomes Lands End Road at this junction. The trail to the beach is partway along Moses Point Road which is on the right.  There is limited road side parking along either Lands End Road or Moses Point Road.

Woodcreek Park, North Saanich

The lovely winding trails of the nearly two hectare parkland of Woodcreek Park provide a pleasant outing. Located in the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, this parkland has trails through some amazing cedar, Douglas-fir, and maple trees. The pathway is from Lands End Road across Woodcreek Drive and up the hill. There is a seasonal creek that adds to the peaceful ambiance of this North Saanich neighborhood. The multi-use trails connect with those that lead to Kanishay Road Park. These trails are frequently by dog walkers, hikers and equestrians. To extend this walk in your backyard to the waterfront, stroll across Lands End Road to the hiking trail marker for Kingfisher Green Space. This trail leads to a cobble rocky seashore overlooking Salt Spring Island and the waters of the Salish Sea.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41′ 48″ W123° 27′ 52″

You can get to Woodcreek Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Before you reach the BC Ferry Terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Cross over the overpass and continue on Lands End Road until you past West Saanich Road. Woodcreek Drive is the next road to the left. Turn left onto Woodcreek Drive and look for the hiking trail marker just past Woodcreek Place. The trail is located near the houses 861 and 870. There is limited roadside parking along Woodcreek Drive or Lands End Road.

Kingfisher Green Space, North Saanich

In the peaceful and quiet residential neighborhood of Lands End in North Saanich is Kingfisher Green Space. It is located across the road from Woodcreek Drive on Lands End Road and may be known as Woodcreek Park. The trail meanders downward to the cobble rocky beach with stairs in a couple of sections. The season creek adds to the adventure of the 130 meter walk to the beach. The forest along the creek and trail has some large cedar and arbutus trees protecting the understory vegetation of blackberries, ferns and salal.  The view from the rocky beach across the Satellite Channel toward Mount Tuam on Salt Spring Island. This tends to be a quieter beach due to the long trail access.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41′ 49″ W123° 27′ 28″

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light, turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road to just past West Saanich Road. Look for Woodcreek Drive on the left and the small hiking trail marker across the road. It is located between homes 916 and 930. There is limited road side parking along Lands End Road. This green space is near Woodcreek Park which is across the road and up the hill.

Elderberry Way Green Space

Formed by the easement between properties in North Saanich, this green space is a second growth forest of cedar, Douglas-fir, arbutus and maple trees. The canopy of the trees shades most of the understory yet there are plenty of smaller plants like ferns and salal to enjoy on your walk. The green space contains an excellent yet strenuous natural trail that climbs up the hill near Elderberry Way. The trail has about a forty meter rise over about a half kilometer, if you hike to the junction with Calypso Lane. The trail connects the roadside trail along Lands End Road with the network of trails between Horth Hill Park and Green Park. This trail network can be reached from the turnabout of Elderberry Way as well as part way along both Tanager Road and Calypso Lane.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 21” W123° 25’ 24” along Lands End Road

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road for about three kilometers and look for the trailhead before Elderberry Way. Alternatively turn left onto Elderberry Way to access the trail from the end of this road.  There is very limited road side parking.

Lands End Road Green Space

This green space contains a well used natural trail and secondary growth forest. The Douglas-fir, yew, maple, Arbutus and cottonwood trees provide a varied canopy overhead while walking, running and cycling along the trail from Lands End Road. This green space is near the Swartz Bay BC Ferry terminal. It can be located by looking for the pair of concrete barriers, on the left of the road, shortly after you pass the ferry terminal. The trail is part of the roadside trail of Lands End Road. From this green space additional areas of North Saanich can be reached. The trail connects uphill to Cardinal Close, Salal Place, Lockspur Lane. These trails continue to Green Park and Horth Hill Park. Another trail continues to Swartz Bay Road and is parallel to the Pat Bay Highway.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 41’ 2” W123° 24’ 53”

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. After you pass the passenger turn off for the ferry terminal, look for roadside parking. The trail is about only a few meters past the merge lane on the left side of the road. It can be difficult to locate.