Ardmore Drive Beach, North Saanich

The rocky beach on Saanich Inlet can be reached using the hundred meter long trail from Ardmore Drive. The trail marker is located between 9060 and 9080 Ardmore Drive. The gravel trail is shaded by some large western red cedar and Douglas-fir trees. Part way along the relatively flat trail, wooden fences of neighboring properties hemmed in the pathway. There is a rustic bench near the shoreline. The view is westward across to the Bamberton and Mill Bay area of Vancouver Island. This access route is frequented by SCUBA divers, kayakers, dog walkers and hikers. Dyer Rocks are just off shore from Yarrow Point, the promontory that marks the western side of Cole Bay. Beachcombing south along the granite rocks to Yarrow Point is possible at lower tide waters.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 47″ W123° 28′ 40″

You can get to Ardmore Drive Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Ardmore Drive and the golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive as it curves and at its T-junction turn left and look for the hiking trail marker to the right. There is limited roadside parking along this narrow rural road. While you are here make time to visit Th-kaut, the 1100 year old Douglas-fir tree on the third green of Ardmore Golf Course and Cole Bay Regional Park.

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Aboyne Avenue Green Space and Beach

Aboyne Beach is a favorite beach located along the shores of Saanich Inlet in the forested rural neighborhood of Ardmore, a Gaelic term referring to “homes beside the sea.” Aboyne Avenue lies east to west and is connected by a footpath along its length. The eastern end of Aboyne Avenue connects Ardmore Drive and Hartfell Avenue; the southern end of Hartfell Avenue ends at the waters of Cole Bay, near Cole Bay Regional Park. There is a concrete staircase that leads to the shale yet muddy shallow water of Cole Bay.  When you head north along this short section of Hartfell Avenue across Ardmore Drive you’ll connect with Aboyne Avenue which continues west to reach the rocky shoreline of Saanich Inlet. Aboyne Avenue is a quiet rural roadway in this residential area that is connected by a footpath. The gravel path is bordered by maple and fir trees. There are also a fair number of blackberry bushes along this pathway. Once you’ve reach the next section of Ardmore Drive continue its intersection with Ardmore Drive. Strolling across Ardmore Drive look for the hiking trail marker that shows the way to the shores of Saanich Inlet. The gravel trail is about one hundred meters long through a forest of cedar and Douglas fir trees. Near the end of the trail there is a large arbutus tree and a set of staircases to the granite rock beach. The steep bank does provide a terrific view across the waters of the Salish Sea to the hills near Mill Bay and Cherry Point on Vancouver Island. It is also a good spot to watch a sunset. The beach is a mostly granite rocks with a few tide pools to explore.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 55″ W123° 28′ 38″

You can get to Aboyne Avenue Beaches from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North). Turn right onto West Saanich Road and then the next left onto Ardmore Drive and its golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive past the end of the golf course property and look for Aboyne Avenue and Hartfell Road on the right. There is roadside parking along Aboyne Avenue and Ardmore Road. The closest parking area is at Cole Bay Park which is down Inverness Road. While you are here make time to visit Th-kaut, the 1100 year old Douglas-fir tree on the third green of Ardmore Golf Course.

Braemar Avenue Beach, North Saanich

This is a wonderful beach to view the sunset from the comfort of your car located. Braemar Avenue Beach is in the Ardmore neighborhood of North Saanich. Ardmore is a Gaelic term meaning to “large headland” which relates to “homes beside the sea” whereas braemar refers to the “upper part looking to the sea.”  Since the road stops within meters of the water this is also a great place to launch a kayak, paddle board or canoe. The curved staircase leads down a dozen or so steps to the lovely shale and sandy beach. This is popular site.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 2″ W123° 28′ 38″

You can get to Braemar Avenue Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Continue along McTavish Road through the East Saanich Intersection until  you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N). Turn right onto West Saanich Road then take the first left onto Ardmore Drive which is also at the golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive as it curves past the golf course and turns to head northward along the waterfront homes. Braemar Avenue Beach is the second left. There is roadside parking.

Hartfell Avenue Green Spaces and Beach

The park like neighborhood of Ardmore in North Saanich has a maze of green spaces along the right-of-ways for several different roads. Ardmore is a Gaelic term meaning to “large headland” which relates to “homes beside the sea.” The terrain in this neighborhood is rocky and sometimes steep. The Hartfell Avenue Green Spaces add a series of trails that run north to south from Bradley Dyne Road to the southern side of Ardmore Drive.

The gravel pathway from the northern end of Hartfell Avenue is across from the postal boxes between 731and 735 Bradley Dyne Road. The cedar and Douglas-fir shaded gravel trail is about five hundred and sixty meters long and crosses over Dalkeith Avenue. This pathway branches to connect to Cromarty Avenue and Tumberry Place before continuing to Braemar Avenue and the paved section of Hartfell Avenue. There is a short hundred meter green space that connects with Aboyne Avenue near Ardmore Drive. This section is bordered by blackberries and is shaded by tall Douglas-fir and cedar trees. Continue across Ardmore Drive along Hartfell Avenue to reach the fifty meter gravel trail to the stairs that lead to the beach at Cole Bay. The concrete staircase leads to the shale yet muddy shallow waters of the bay. Extend your walk in your backyard from the Hartfell Avenue pathways with those along Glengelg Avenue to create a circle loop. Or explore Cole Bay Regional Park and McTavish Road Green Space.

 

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 55″ W123° 28′ 7″ off Ardmore Drive

You can get to Hartfell Avenue Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Ardmore Drive and the Ardmore Golf Course.  Turn left onto Ardmore Drive and follow the road as it curves past the golf course, past the road to Coles Bay Regional Park and look for the hiking trail marker on the right at the intersection with Aboyne Avenue. There is restricted roadside parking near this area but it is a short walk to Cole Bay Park where there is a parking area.

Bayview Road Beach, North Saanich

A pleasant stroll through cedar and arbutus trees along an hundred meter gravel trail brings to you a spectacular view of Saanich Inlet. As a bonus, there is a bench at the top of the narrow wooden staircase to provide a site to sit and relax. Or step down the staircase to the sand and cobble beach that is perfect for enjoying the ocean and view. This spot is nestled between 9670 and 9684 Ardmore Drive, beautiful estates; one with tennis court as seen through the wire fencing the other has a tall wooden fence that runs the length of the green space.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 39″ W123° 27′ 56″

You can get to Bayview Road Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach northern end of Ardmore Drive. Turn left onto Ardmore Drive and follow until it starts to curve southward. Bayview Road Beach access is on the first left. There is limited roadside parking along Ardmore Drive.

Glenelg Avenue Beach and Green Spaces, North Saanich

Glenelg Avenue BeachGlenelg Avenue lies in the Ardmore neighborhood of North Saanich. Ardmore is a Gaelic term meaning “large headland” which relates to “homes beside the sea.” Glenelg is a term that refers to glens. The avenue is oriented roughly north to south on the Saanich Peninsula and has three right-of-way green spaces with gravel trails that allow exploration in your backyard. The gravel pathway from the corner of Glenelg Avenue and Ardmore Drive leads a hundred and thirty meters to the sand and cobble beach along Saanich Inlet. There is rustic bench at the top of the staircase. The view is to the west across the water of the Salish Sea. The beach pathway is shaded by cedar and Douglas-fir trees and various shrubs. This pathway is hemmed in by the fences of adjacent properties making it a secluded green space.
Glenelg Avenue Green Spaces are across Ardmore Drive and away from the beach trail. These gravel pathways are about one hundred and fifty meters long and wander through the Ardmore neighborhood along the right-of-way of Glenelg Avenue to reach the southern sections of this rural road. The middle section of Glenelg Avenue Green Space can be reached by strolling south along the avenue and across Bradley Dyne Road. The middle green space is surrounded by tall Douglas-fir trees and crosses Dalkeith Avenue. The southern section is reached by strolling across the busier Braemar Avenue. The trail restarts across Braemar Ave and continues the two hundred meters to Aboyne Avenue. These green spaces are frequented by dog walkers, hikers and horse riders. A circle loop can be made by heading east along Aboyne Avenue and then north following along the green spaces and trail of Hartfell Avenue.
Geographic coordinates N48° 38′ 40″ W123° 27′ 48″
You can get to Glenelg Avenue Beach and Trail from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along West Saanich Road past Ardmore Golf Course and turn at the northern end Ardmore Drive. The southern end of Ardmore Drive is beside the golf course. Follow Ardmore Drive to reach the intersection with Glenelg Avenue. The beach access on the west side of this intersection and the trail is on the eastern side. There is limited roadside parking on either Glenelg Avenue or Ardmore Drive.

Eventide Road Beach, North Saanich

Eventide Road BeachEventide Road Beach has a rough twenty meter access trail to its sand and cobble beach. It is located the Ardmore neighborhood of North Saanich between Briarwood Place Beach and Bayview Road Beach. Shaded by big leaf maple trees and bordered by a long cedar hedge, the twenty meter trail crosses over the grass covered area to a viewpoint. There are views across to Saanich Inlet to the Mill Bay area of Vancouver Island. This is another wonderful spot to watch sunsets over the water. The trail that leads to sandy and shale stone beach is steep.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38′ 45″ W123° 27′ 43″

You can get to Eventide Road Beach from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Frizell Road. This intersection will be to the left as West Saanich Road curves to the right. Frizell Road is short and curves to become Glenelg Avenue. Turn right onto Glynnwood Park Road as the road curves left. Eventide Road Beach can be accessed from the intersection of Glynnwood Park Road and Glenelg Avenue. There is roadside parking.