The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Cole Island, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. The shoreline along Tovey Cove is a rocky area while the beach area is mostly gravel and white shells. Tovey Shoreline Access has a gravel footpath to a series of staircases that lead to the rocky shoreline. This small shallow sheltered indentation on the northwestern side of Esquimalt Harbour is surrounded by townhouse complexes and single family homes. The trail from the roadway is a crushed gravel pathway that leads to a set of wood stairs, about forty of them, along the pathway with wooden handrails on one side. The pine and fir trees provide ample shade to the small uplands area. The beach is best at low tides and is composed crushed shells and sand. Newstead Park, Heddle Park and Limekiln Cover Green Space are nearby. Geographical location N48° 27’ 15” W123° 26’ 49” Tovey Cove Shoreline Access can be reached from Hwy1. Take exit #8 to access Helmcken Road and turn south and continue down the hill to turn right onto View Royal Road. Continue along to Tovey Crescent and turn left. The beach access is near the junction of Tovey Crescent with Governor’s Point Road. There is limited road side parking. City buses travel along Helmcken Road and the Island Highway.
Glenelg 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 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.