Sandgate Green Space

Sandgate Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Located on the edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Sandgate Green Space leads to a long sandy beach with various names such as Weir Beach, Taylor Beach or Parry Beach. The green space is border by residential and summer homes as well as a recreational vehicle resort and its seasonal lagoon. There are wonderful views of areas to the east: Metchosin, Colwood, Victoria and Oak Bay communities. The coastal and olympic mountain ranges provide a sharp contrast the ocean waters when viewed from Sandgate Green Space. This is a good place to launch personal water craft to explore the shorelines. The William Head Penitentiary is on the peninsula to the south. Devonian Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, Pearson College Green Space and Ron Weir Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 18” W123º 32’ 40”

Sandgate Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along toward Pearson College to reach Sandgate Road. Turn left onto the road. There is a small parking area near the end. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

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Tovey Cove Shoreline Access

Tovey Cove Shoreline Access 6 Tovey Cove Shoreline Access 10 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.

Chalet Beach, North Saanich

The well-liked sandy seashore that forms Chalet Beach is in the lovely residential neighborhood of Deep Cove in North Saanich. The fifty meter foot trail from the end of Tatlow Place is well trodden wide steps down the slope. The concrete stairs provide the final steps to the beach. The trail is bordered by fences and homes as well as a few cedar trees and vegetation. This area is a popular seasonal swimming spot as it is a wonderful place to enjoy the waters of Deep Cove and Saanich Inlet. The view is northward across to the marker on Wain Rock and to Cherry Point, Cowichan Bay, Separation Point on Vancouver Island. The protected waters of Deep Cove contain numerous private moorings and the Deep Cove Marina, with seasonal facilities. There are many opportunities for wonderful photographs in this lovely seaside neighborhood of North Saanich. The sparkling waters of Samsum Narrows and steep terrain of Salt Spring Island are just visible to the right of Moses Point. This waterfront is near the historical site of the Deep Cove Chalet, built in 1913. The building was designed to meet the need of travelers brought in from Victoria by the British Columbia Electric Railway. This railway operated for about eleven years and this route was known as the Saanich Interurban.

Geographic coordinates N48° 41′ 17” W123° 28′ 25″

You can get to this green space from Pat Bay Highway. As you near the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, turn to exit onto McDonald Park-Wain Road. Continue to curve to the right onto the overpass which leads to the junction with Wain Road. Turn left onto Wain Road. Continue along this road until you reach Tatlow Road. Turn right onto Tatlow and follow its rolling agricultural lands across West Saanich Road to Chalet Road. Cross over Chalet Road to reach Tatlow Place, as the park is located at the end of this short road. There is limited roadside parking.