Bazan Bay Road Green Space, North Saanich

Bazan Bay Road Green Space is residential neighborhood beach on Bazan Bay. It is a good place to stretch your legs on a short twenty meter stroll to the concrete staircase that leads to rock and cobble beach on Bazan Bay. The road access is a service road for the District of North Saanich and Capital Regional District. There is a pleasant grassy area around the paved pathway to the shore. This green space is a wonderful place to catch the sunrise over James and Sidney islands and the waters of the Salish Sea. The cobble and rock beach is often covered with harvested timbers and other woody debris which makes it fun for beach walks and beach combing. Many of the rocks provide refuge for the young Dungeness and red rock crab that many of us enjoy when they are large enough to harvest. Great blue herons and smaller shore birds can be seen along the shoreline too. Apparently North Saanich is considering changing the three lots to the north of this small green space into a natural waterfront park. That will be great when it happens as an increase in outdoor space and beach access is good for everyone. At this time the property is protected with a chain fence and contains a pump facility. This green space is good for launching kayaks, paddle boards and other small water craft.

Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 28″ W123° 24′ 29″

Bazan Bay Road Green Space can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Turn right at Amity Drive, where the pedestrian overpass crosses above Pat Bay Highway. Turn left onto Lochside Drive. Travel north past Cy Hampson Park on Lochside Drive and as Lochside Drive curves slightly toward the highway look for the road to the beach. This unmarked road is the eastern end of Bazan Bay Road on most maps of the area. There is limited roadside parking along Bazan Bay Road near 8925 Lochside Drive.

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Reay Estuary Green Space, North Saanich

Reay Estuary Green Space, North SaanichReay Creek flows into Bazan Bay, a sheltered bay located  between James and Vancouver islands. The Reay Estuary Green Space is located near Reay Creek and is a wonderful secluded place to catch the sunrise over James and Sidney islands. The cobble rocky shore is often covered with harvested timbers and other woody debris which makes it fun for beach walks and beach combing. Many of the rocks provide refuge for the young Dungeness and red rock crab that many of us enjoy when they are large enough to harvest. Great blue heron and many other smaller shore birds can be seen along the shoreline too. There are several points along Lochside Drive that allow access to the bay and are easier to find this place that I call Estuary Green space yet this is about exploring your backyard. There is a large willow tree near the gravel trail that leads from the roadside pull off. The trail reaches the beach south of Reay Creek estuary.
Geographic coordinates N48° 38′ 2″ W123° 24′ 27″
You can get to Lochside Drive from Pat Bay Highway. Turn off at Exit 26, the McTavish Exchange, the unique and confusing set of traffic circles designed to deal with the traffic efficiently, and follow the signs at the roundabout to take the second exit onto Lochside Drive. Continue northward on Lochside Drive toward Sidney paralleling the roadside Lochside Trail cycling pathway. This green space located between 9265 Lochside and the estuary of Reay Creek Park. The pathway to the beach is close to the pumping facility. Look for the gravel roadside pull off along Lochside Drive. The unmarked trail leads toward the beach, where there is a rough six step wooden staircase, near this parking site.