Ross Bay Seawalk

Ross Bay eastern shore 3

Come to Ross Bay to enjoy a wonderful seaside walk along Dallas Road. This is also a spectacular place to see storm waves crash along the beach or, in May of each year, watch the sailing yachts start the Swiftsure Yacht Race. With the choice of strolling over cobble beach stones, beached logs or along a concrete sidewalk, this seawalk suits just about everyone’s mobility. Located between St Charles Street and Memorial Crescent, the six hundred and twenty meter seawalk is right along the shoreline of Ross Bay. The trail is part of the seawall that protects the shores of Fairfield and Ross Bay Cemetery. The wide concrete seawall, built by nineteen fifteen, was redesigned with the addition of the large cobble stones and three long granite boulder groyns to diminish the flow of water along the beach. These projections can be seen along the shoreline at low tides. About fifty years early, in the mid eighteen hundreds, both East Creek and South Fairfield Creek drained into the bay. These creeks would have added small sediment to the waters and replenished some of the beach area. Along the upper areas of the beach. look for beach lupine, a low sprawling pea plant, gum weed^, a yellow flowering aster, and beach grass; plants that help to stabilize the shoreline. The views across the Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA, are wonderful. Named for Isabelle Mainville Ross, Ross Bay and part of the cemetery were once her farm land. Ross Bay Cemetery is an interesting place to extend your walk for both the gardenlike setting of the grounds as well as the unique grave stones and monuments. If the winds are light, this area can be used to launch a kayak or paddle board, although the tidal currents are worth paying attention too.

 

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 32” W123° 20′ 39″

Ross Bay Seawalk can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Memorial Crescent. Turn right onto Memorial Crescent and then turn right at Dallas Road. There is limited roadside parking along Dallas Road near this intersection. The walkway is to the east and Clover Point Park is to the west. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

^http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2009/01/grindelia_integrifolia.php (this plant looks like a dandelion)

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Little Ross Bay Green

View of Little Ross Bay Green from Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC

View of Little Ross Bay Green from Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC

Little Ross Bay Green is a waterfront park on the eastern side of Ross Bay, Victoria, BC. Adorned with a large Garry oak (Quercus garryana) tree, this park commemorates Charles Ross, a former Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Trader. After his death, his wife, Isabella, purchased the land between what is now eastern half of Ross Bay Cemetery and Harling Point in eighteen fifty three and developed a farm for her family. A concrete, granite and slate bench with an embedded placard is found on the ridge above the bay. At the southern end of St Charles Street, a ramp with a gentle slope leads to the cobble beach of Ross Bay. This is picturesque place to start a stroll along Ross Bay Sea Walk toward Clover Point Park or wander into the cemetery where many historical and early pioneers of the area are remembered. There are excellent views across the Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. If the wind is light it can be a good spot to launch a kayak or paddle board. Wildwood Avenue Green Space is to the east and Hollywood Park is north along St Charles Street.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 35” W123° 20′ 11″

Little Ross Bay Green can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to St Charles Street. Turn right onto St Charles and look for the park located across Dallas Road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.