This is a small semi-private green space located on the property of West Port Marina. Frequented mostly by the staff, it is a great spot to take a break from your boat work and activities. There are several picnic tables surrounded by a lovely lawn. The green space provides views of the moored yachts and waters of Tsehum Harbour and makes a pleasant place to wait for your ship to arrive.
Geographic position N48° 40’ 50” W123° 24’ 44”
You can get to West Port Marina Green Space from Pat Bay Highway. Before you reach ferry terminal stay on the road as it exits to the right. At the lights, called Lands End Road, turn right on to a short street called Kitti Wake Place. Turn right again on to Curteis Road then left onto Tryon Road. Look for the signs that lead to West Port Marina. The green space is surrounded by the storage area and parking lots for the West Port Marina and facilities.
In the Swartz Head neighborhood of North Saanich is the short Beach Road. It ends in pebble trail and small gravel turnabout beside a large rock face with modern glyphs. The gravel trail along the seaside properties of Swartz Head leads to the pebble beach. There is a eleven step concrete staircase to this unique sandy pebble beach of Tsehum Harbour. This is a wonderful place to watch the waves and yachts while you relax against the logs on the shoreline. This promontory, called Kingfisher Point, is worth the effort to visit as on the nearby waters, rocks and reefs you can see Canadian geese, buffleheads, harlequin ducks as well as crows and gulls. Occasionally river otters can be seen swimming or amongst logs and rocks. A peaceful spot.
Geographic coordinates N48° 40’ 33” W123° 24’ 30”
You can get to Beach Road Beach Access from Pat Bay Highway. Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs that lead to Lands End Road. Turn east onto Kitti Wake Place right onto Curteis Road, then south on Tryon Road to pass by West Port Marina. Follow Tryon Road southward and look for the right branch of the road to get onto Beach Road. There is very little parking along Beach Road. The trail to the beach at near the turnabout along the road.
The single dock that forms the Capital Regional District’s public wharf in Swartz Bay is a busy site as it is used by commuters from Piers Island as well as fishermen and kayakers for boat launching. The shallow waters off this wharf make it a good spot look at the ocean bottom for those curious. It can be difficult to find a quiet time with the on- and off-loading of the local boaters.
From this green space you can watch the passage of the BC Ferries and private boats through Colburne Passage. Pier Island is the larger island to the left whereas Knapp and Pym Islands are the left of Gosse Passage. There is a small area to access the beach.
Located at geographic position of N48° 41’ 12” W123° 24’ 26”
You can get to the wharf by traveling north on Pat Bay Highway (#17). Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs to the right that lead to Lands End Road. Continue straight after the traffic light and stay on Dolphin Road. As you pass the ferry terminal’s chain link fence, look on the left for the government dock at Barnacle Road. There is large gravel parking lot on the left side of the road.
Take pleasure in the sparkling waters and small islets off Swartz Head from this beach access point. You can also watch the BC Ferries and private yachts navigate the waters of Colburne Passage. Often there are seals, river otters, Great blue herons, cormorants and other sea birds on the small islets and the larger Musclow Islet. The natural and rough trail to the shore line is short.
Geographic location: N48° 41’ 9” W123° 24’ 06”
You can get to Swartz Head Beach Access by traveling north on Pat Bay Highway (#17). Before you reach ferry terminal follow the signs to the right that lead to Lands End Road. Continue through the traffic light on to Dolphin Road. The chainlink fence for the ferry terminal will be on the left as will the Swartz Bay government dock. Follow Dolphin Road as it curves and narrows then turn right onto Gullhaven Road. Look for roadside parking at the foot of the road to walk to the seaside.