Finlayson Point – Beacon Hill Park

Finlayson Point – Beacon Hill Park lies in the southern border of City of Victoria. Form from felsic rocks and glacial till this point projects into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea. It is smaller than Clover Point, to the east. Holland Point is further west. Finlayson Point’s seaside bluffs, composed of mostly glacial till overlain with dark soils, of Beacon Hill Park merge with the shoreline of Clover Point Park and Holland Point Park. The grasslands of the ridge along Dallas Road shaded by a few large Garry oak and horse chestnut trees. The shore line shrubs are mostly composed of an elm species and few snowberry and alder bushes.

 

There are two main footpaths to stroll along while enjoying the spectacular panoramic view of the ocean with Washington State’s Olympic Mountain range as the backdrop. A flat paved eight hundred and eighty meter long pathway lies along the ridge within Beacon Hill. Bordered by the grasslands that contain camas and other flowers this area is one of six parks that permits dogs to be off leash in the City of Victoria. Be aware of exuberant canines bounding around. This is a very popular place to see dogs of all types as well as their owners.

 

The slightly quieter beach route can be accessed from near Cook Street via a stair case formed out of the old military weapons battery as well as a rough trail near Finlayson Point. The cobble and gravel beach stretches from Finlayson Point to Clover Point about a kilometer. Access to the waters in Horseshoe Bay, a small sandy bay immediately west of Finlayson Point, is via the rough trail off the point. There are many benches and several picnic tables along the pathways in this section of Beacon Hill Park. Mile Zero – Beacon Hill Park, Holland Point Park and South Park

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 24” W123° 21′ 52″

Finlayson Point – Beacon Hill Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard Street as it merges with Douglas Street near Southgate and Superior streets. This marks the western corner of the parkland. Continue along Douglas Street to the junction with Dallas Road and Battery Street. Turn left onto Dallas Road and look for the angled roadside parking. City buses travel to the park from downtown Victoria.

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