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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North Saanich Parks, Playgrounds and Green Spaces

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The rural community that forms the District of North Saanich lies on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, excluding the Town of Sidney, on the southern area of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The parks, playgrounds and green spaces to explore are mostly multiuse trails that connect cul-de-sacs with other roads and provide access for pedestrians and, in a many places, horses and bicyclists.

North Saanich borders on the ocean to the north and west and has many beach access points. To the south is Central Saanich and to the east is Sidney-by-the-Sea. This rural yet urban community has an excellent variety of outdoor areas including playgrounds, trail through forest groves, hill top vistas and sandy beaches.

This blog describes the parks, playgrounds, and green spaces within North Saanich from north to south and east to west, mostly.  Its goal is to encourage you to explore your neighborhood by foot. There are stimulating walks and breathtaking sights in your backyard. Walking in established residential areas has the added bonus of frequent rest stops for young and old.  Each place can take less than an hour to explore.  A brief description of the nature of each park is provided with directions.

As all else, trails are altered and the conditions of the parks, playgrounds and green spaces that I describe in this blog change.  As I cannot be held responsible for errors or discrepancies in the text, I ask that you help to keep this blog current and useful. For the enjoyment of all parks, playgrounds and green spaces, please carry out any litter, respect adjacent property, keep dogs on a leash, and do not pick the wildflowers, mushrooms or other vegetation. And, of course, the geographical locations that are provided are dependent on the stability of network that forms the global positioning system.

 Exploration is footsteps away in your backyard.