Queen’s Park, Oak Bay


Queen’s Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is along the shoreline of Oak Bay, the shallow protected bay that holds the Oak Bay marina. It was initially known as Marina Park. The park has several benches and a unique swing bench that are wonderful places to soak up the view of Chatham and Discovery Islands and Mount Baker of the Washington State. The outdoor art is a pack of steel-welded wolves in pursuit of the cutout of an alert buck or perhaps designed to prevent Canadian Geese from eating the grass. The Hunt was design by Ken Hall and is part of the Arts Alive that helps create permanent outdoor art in Oak Bay. The park is a popular seasonal bird watching site that is part of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary created in nineteen twenty three.  Haynes Park, Turkey Head Walkway and Windsor Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 28”  W123º 18’ 17”

Queen’s Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left onto Oak Bay Avenue and continue as it becomes Newport Street. Turn left onto Windsor Road to reach Beach Drive. The park is across from the intersection.  There is sign along the roadway. There is a parking area near the Oak Bay Marina and some street parking along Beach Drive. City buses travel to the marina.

Turkey Head Walkway and Mary Todd Islet


20180127_115100Turkey Head Walkway and Mary Tod Islet is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Watch and feed the seals that inhabit in the ocean waters near the Oak Bay Marina from the Turkey Head Walkway. This boardwalk starts near the bus stop goes around the perimeter of the parking lot. The boardwalk section provides fun views of the marina and ramp to access the docks. A small bistro is found along here and outdoor seating to enjoy a snack. There are twenty wood steps to stroll up to reach the concrete foot path. The concrete sidewalk forms the rest of the Turkey Head walkway. The walkway was created when the breakwater was formed in nineteenfiftynine. There are several benches along this section and a lovely outdoor art creation. The views of the islands in the Salish Sea are breathtaking.  At the site of the old Oak Bay Aquarium, Several beach access points with concrete steps down to seashore are found here.  These access points are a favorite for kayakers and other personal water crafters who want to explore the islets and water ways of Oak Bay and the Salish Sea.

Mary Todd Islet (named in eighteen fifty six), locally known as the Turkey Head and Jimmy-Jenny Chickens’ Island (from a local eccentric who dwelled there at the turn of nineteen-hundreds), forms a natural part of the rocky breakwater for Oak Bay Marina.  It lies near the outer breakwater of the Marina.  The three hectare islet is named for the second daughter of John Todd of the Hudson Bay Company. There are several small trees and shrubs on the island with a sheltered sandy beach on its southwest shore. It is only accessible by boat.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 25”  W123º 18’ 10”

Turkey Head Walkway can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off Foul Bay onto Cadboro Bay Road and take the first right turn immedicately after the high school onto Canmore Street. Follow Canmore Street to Beach Drive. Turn right ton Beach Drive and continue along to the parking area for the marina. The walkway traces a u-shaped around the parking lot.There is street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

You can get to Turkey Head Walkway and the Marina from Oak Bay Avenue to Beach Drive.  Ample parking can be found the lot near the Marina and Restaurant.

Start your walk at the bridge at Beach Drive and walk on the tidal beach or on the sidewalk.  Continue along the sidewalk to Haynes Park, in about 30 minutes, or Willow Beach Park, in about 60 minutes. Several buses provide service to close to this park.

Victoria Harbour Green, Victoria, B.C.

This post is updated here.


Kingston Street Walkway

Kingston Street Walkway is a twenty five meter paved walkway that leads to the David Foster Way, a footpath along the south shore of  the harbour of Victoria, B.C., from Barclay Point to Ogden Point. This pathway leads down the road access, off Kingston Street, to the shops near the marina of the Coast Harbourside Hotel and beside the Wyndham Vacation towers. There are many other places to enjoy the outdoors and explore nature that are near Kingston Street Walkway like the Heron Cove Park. This also includes Kingston Superior Green Space, Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Heron Street Green Space, the Canadian Coast Guard Rooftop Garden and Green Space, Ogden Point Park and Walkway, Holland Point Park, MacDonald Park, Earnest Todd Park, James Bay Community School Green Space, Todd Park, and James Bay Allotment Garden.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 19” W123° 22′ 49″

Kingston Street Walkway can be reached Blanchard Street. Continue along as Blanchard Street curves to become Belleville Street. Turn left on Douglas Street and then right onto Superior Street. Continue along Superior Street until the junction with St. Lawrence Street. Turn right onto St Lawrence which immediately doubles back to become Kingston Street. The walkway is between buildings 120 and 146. City buses provide service to Fisherman’s Wharf and James Bay area from downtown Victoria.

Chalet Beach, North Saanich

The well-liked sandy seashore that forms Chalet Beach is in the lovely residential neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich. The fifty meter foot trail from the end of Tatlow Place is well trodden wide steps down the slope. The concrete stairs provide the final steps to the beach. The trail is bordered by fences and homes as well as a few cedar trees and vegetation. This area is a popular seasonal swimming spot as it is a wonderful place to enjoy the waters of Deep Cove and Saanich Inlet. The view is northward across to the marker on Wain Rock and to Cherry Point, Cowichan Bay, Separation Point on Vancouver Island. 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 sparkling waters of Samsum Narrows and steep terrain of Salt Spring Island are just visible to the right of Moses Point. This waterfront is near the historical site of the Deep Cove Chalet, built in 1913. The building was designed to meet the need of travelers brought in from Victoria by the British Columbia Electric Railway. This railway operated for about eleven years and this route was known as the Saanich Interurban.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41′ 17” W123° 28′ 25″

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 to curve to the right onto the overpass which leads to the junction with Wain Road. Turn left onto Wain Road. Continue along this road until you reach Tatlow Road. Turn right onto Tatlow and follow its rolling agricultural lands across West Saanich Road to Chalet Road. Cross over Chalet Road to reach Tatlow Place, as the park is located at the end of this short road. There is limited roadside parking.

Canoe Cove Road Trail

A refreshing and easy stroll through a Douglas-fir and cedar forest is along Canoe Cove Road. This narrow road leads to the Canoe Cove Marina with a cafe, chandlery, yacht sales, gallery and other shops. The roadside trail also leads to The Stone House Pub and Restaurant. Its takes about ten minutes from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, if you leave and reenter from the bicyclist access trail. The cafe has excellent meals that are provided in a beautiful location. Its recommended over ferry food if you have a sailing wait. The gardens at the Stone House are also a great place to find a take a stroll. The property is pet and children friendly and the food is great.

You can get to the roadside trail by traveling north on Pat Bay Highway (#17).  Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road.  Continue straight after the traffic light and stay on Dolphin Road. Canoe Cove Road is the first right. There is limited roadside parking.