Harling Point Green Space is in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The green space is formed by a promontory that projects into the Strait of Juan de Fuca which is part of the Salish Sea. the green is along the perimeter of a cemetery that is known as the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point and is a National Historic Site of Canada since 1996. There are several interpretive panels that discuss the cultural history, geology and some natural history of the area. The cemetery was opened in 1903 and is maintained by the Chinese Benevolent Association. The cemetery, a feng shui site, contains gravestones of the early Chinese residents and was closed in 1950. The twin pillars of the stone altar are frequently decorated with incense and flowers.
Wild flowers carpet this attractive green space in the spring time. The cemetery lies on a flat promontory that is along the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The green space includes the rough pathway along the perimeter and the high tide line that makes for a shoreline rough walk. The walkway strolls across the fault line of two ancient terraines, Wrangellia and Leech River, as noted by the change in color from the pale green to the dark color basalt rocks. The shore line has several glacier erratics that further protect the green space. The waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca forming part of the Salish Sea provide a beautiful setting for the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Harling Point was named after a brave local dentist who lost his life trying to save a family whom were tossed in from a small boat by waves during a storm. The shoreline hosts some good tide-pools and it is lovely place to watch sunrises and sunsets. There are a few benches within this green space. Gonzales Park, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Quimper Park and Trafalger Park are nearby.
Geographic Location N48º 24’ 24” W123º 19’ 25”
Harling Green Space 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. Turn left onto Crescent Road and follow to the end. Or turn right onto Penzance Road and continue to the end. There is limited off street parking. City buses travel close to this park.
The view of yachts and ships on the Salish Sea is excellent from Wildwood Avenue Green Space. On most days you can see across the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. This green space is formed from the road right of way of Wildwood Avenue. The concrete sidewalk and pathway leads to the rocky shore between Gonzales Bay and Ross Bay. Pass by the shore pine trees to the twenty step concrete staircase that leads to small concrete platform with a handrail. A few more steps brings you to the granite rocks on shore. Try to arrive at low tide to explore the intertidal zone. This is also a cool place to storm watch but not so great to launch a kayak or paddle board.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 42” W123° 19′ 49″
Wildwood Avenue Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Wildwood Avenue in Fairfield, about a block after St Charles Street. Turn right onto Wildwood Avenue and continue to Hollywood Crescent. The beach access is between 1659and 1661Hollywood Crescent where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.
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.
Located on the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, the beach trail from Junco Road is to the rocky shoreline on Satellite Channel and Colburne Passage. The view of the navigation markers, Piers Island, Arbutus Islet and the waters of the Salish Sea are excellent. The rocky shoreline is uneven due to sedimentary rocks that have been tilted almost vertically. Keep a watchful eye out for unusual sized waves made by the passing yachts and ferries . The fairly steep trail from Junco Road is a rough pathway that leads to 101 step staircase. The staircase is made of a variety of materials: concrete and rocks, four-by-four ties, and wire covered two-by-two. If you are wondering which is best, come visit this green space. This beach access is between the homes of this North Saanich neighborhood. This green space is a second growth forest with Douglas-fir, cedar and Arbutus trees.
Geographic coordinates N48° 41’ 43” W123° 25’ 48”
You can get to this beach access from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, stay to the right to exit the highway. At the light, turn left and follow the signs to Lands End Road. Travel along Lands End Road about three kilometers to reach Junco Road. Turn right onto Junco Road and look for the grass area that marks the trail. It is on the corner of the road before you turn onto Townee Road. There is very limited road side parking.