Quimper Park

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Quimper Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that forms the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Quimper Park is a residential park with a playground that has a swing, slide and play set with a wood chip base. A small sand box is found near the play area.  The quarter of a hectare grassy lot is great place to kick around a soccer ball or play a game of frisbee.  There is a small asphalt area designed for basketball. This park has benches and is surrounded by homes and has a low fence along the quiet roadside. There are washrooms and a small shelter area for picnics. There are some small roadside trees. The Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are near by.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Quimper 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. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Quimper Street. The park is on the left between the residential homes.  There is limited off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

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Trafalgar Park

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Trafalgar Park is in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Below King George Terrace Lookout Point, Trafalgar Park extends down toward the ocean.    The park is composed of large steep sloped rocky outcrops amongst broom, grasses and other plants.  Careful examination of the some rocks reveals the glacial striations. The edge of the park is mostly a rough drop to the Strait of Juan de Fuca as the park lies between Gonzales Bay and McNeill Bay. There is a small secluded pebble beach that is accessed from thirty two concrete steps. The park has a wonderful view of Trial Island, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.  The lookout contains a marker for 15 different locations including the Olympic Mountains to the south. There are rough walking trails throughout the park with benches in several locations. A water fountain is found near the parking area off of King George Terrace. The monument is also located near the parking area. This cairn, named Chikawich after an early village, has a plaque that shows a camas meadow with a deer. This one and half hectare parkland is below the summits of Walbran and Gonzales parks to the west and Anderson Hill Park to the northeast.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 30”  W123º 19’ 11”

Trafalgar 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 Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to King George Terrace. Look for the small parking area near the summit of the road where there off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Gonzales Hill Regional Park – Oak Bay

 

Gonzales Hilll Regional Park is a park of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Acquired in 1992 by both Victoria and Oak Bay Municipalities and the CRD, the distinctive rounded roof of the Gonzales Observatory Weather Station overlooks Victoria, Oak Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  This park hosts the heritage building, which was built in nineteen fourteen. The site was used by meteorological scientists for gathering data on atmospheric gases until the late nineteen eighties.  The view from the summit of Gonzales Park, at 200 feet above sea level, is to the southwest over the City of Victoria and the western communities of Esquimalt, Colwood and Metchosin. The rocky outcrops are mostly granodiorite with glacial striations. The rocks are covered with unique wildflowers, various mosses and lichens. Small shrubs and trees cling to the slopes of the park.  A walking pathway leads from the parking area past the observatory and toward Barkley Terrace, a road that connects to King George Terrace. This pathway is really for those who are venturesome as the route eventually leads to Gonzales Bay.  Garry oak and arbutus trees are found in this parkland as well as broom and snowberry shrubs. At Gonzales Bay, in the Municipality of Victoria, picnic tables, toilets and benches overlook the sand and pebble beach.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 48”  W123º 19’ 28”

Gonzales Hill Regional 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 Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Denison Road. Turn right onto Denison Road and continue up the hill to the reach the parking area on the right. Access to the park is available from several areas.  Parking off Barkley is limited.  Alternatively, start at the sandy beach of Gonzales Bay, climb stairs at the eastern end of the beach onto Crescent Road, keep straight ahead on King George Terrace, turn lead onto Barkley Terrace, climb stairs to observatory.  City buses travel close to this park.

Carnarvon Park

Carnarvon Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay which is part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is a small multifaceted jewel in Oak Bay. In the late eighteen hundreds, this area was developed as the Willows horse racing track, presently, the park hosts two baseball diamonds, tennis courts, fenced hockey rink, water park, and other play areas. It is the perfect place for a family outing.  Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club and facilities are based here. There is a seasonal concession and washroom facilities. The Peter Pan Outdoor Water Park and Playground operates seasonally. A daycare operates out of the main buildings.

Geographical Location N48° 26′ 22″     W123° 19′ 02″

You can get to Carnarvon Park from Foul Bay Road.  Turn east onto Allenby, Townley, or Carnarvon Street.  There is limited off street parking.  Look for trails to Carnarvon Park between Henderson and Newton Streets.  A trail leads to Carrick Boulevard that provides quick access to the Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road junction. A couple of city buses travel by this park.

Oakdowne Park

Oakdowne Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space lies amongst the houses in the Lansdowne Slope area of Oak Bay.  It is about a five minute walk from the Uplands Golf Course.  The lawn and manicured garden are maintained by the Oak Bay Parks and provide a terrific place to play bocce or simply enjoy the scenery.

Geographical Location N48° 46′ 38″   W123° 18′ 56″

Access to Oakdowne Park is from Lansdowne Road, turn left onto Eastdown Road then right onto Oakdowne Road.  The park is on the left where some street parking is available. A couple city buses travel close to this park.

Nottingham Park

Fabulous architecture and landscaping surround Nottingham Park.  Nottingham Park is located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, a district in the Capital Regional District that forms the greater area of Victoria, British Columbia. Located in the southern side of t the Upland Estates, this park includes a playgym and extensive lawns.  It is shaded by tall Garry Oak trees making it a wonderful place to watch the children play or throw a ball about while enjoying the neighborhood. There are a couple of benches near the play area. The eastern side of the park is bordered by a wooden fence. Loon Bay Park, Uplands Park and Willows Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

Geographical Location N48° 26′ 39″ W123° 18′ 20″

You can get to Nottingham Park from Hillside Avenue that turns into Lansdowne Road.  Cross over Cadboro Bay Road into the Upland Estates and turn right on to Nottingham Street.  Some street parking is available. The city bus travels near this park.

Loon Bay Park

Loon Bay Park is located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small roadside park is located off Beach Drive and overlooks the marina of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  The park has a couple of park benches and beach access points.  A short concrete pathway with a couple of sets of stairs leads to the sand and mud beach. The lawn is adorned with a outdoor piano as well as a small monument.  There are Garry oak and Douglas fir trees that provide shade over the beach and the undergrowth of ocean spray, blackberry and snowberry bushes.  The splendid residential area around the park can easily be included as part of your walk.

Geographical Location W48° 27′ W123° 17′ 44″

You can get to Loon Bay Park from Lansdowne Avenue or Cadboro Bay Road.  Turn onto Beach Avenue and look for the park near the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. There is limited street parking available. A city bus travels past this park  along Beach Drive.