Henderson Park

Henderson Park play

Henderson Park in the seaside district of the Capital Regional District called Oak Bay. The park is located next to the Henderson Recreation Center and Golf Course. The jogging and walking trail winds through and around the golf course.  Runners from the UVic frequent the woodchip trail.  As you walk along  take time to enjoy the forest, the Henderson Gyro Park playground, and the golfers.  Henderson Park has a baseball diamond and several tennis courts.  Toilet facilities are available in the Recreation Center. The woodchip jogging trail has outdoor exercise equipment set along its perimeter. The forest that surrounds the trails and golf course is composed of mostly Garry oak and Douglas fir trees. Snowberry, ocean spray and blackberry bushes make up part of the underground and form the perimeter of the lawns. University of Victoria walking trails are nearby as is Upland School Green Space. This park shares its east border with the Uplands Golf Course.

 

Geographical Location N48° 27′ 19″ W123° 18″ 44″

You can get to Henderson Park from Cedar Hill Cross Road.  Turn into the parking lot for recreation center.  Parking is also available along the road.  You can access the playground from Arden Street (off of Henderson) where there is limited parking.  The walk takes about 30 minutes. Several buses provide service near Henderson Park.

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University of Victoria Trails, Oak Bay

 

Located outside Ring Road, the wood chip trails of the University of Victoria are frequented by joggers and pet owners.  These jogging trails meander through forested areas and grassy meadows.  Slightly off the beaten jogging trails, the University’s Finnerty Gardens are great place to admire the flowers and shrubs.  You can also brush up on your Latin names for the plants, as the gardeners have name cards near the plants. The campus also is a great place to stroll.

Geographical Location N49º 27’ 39” W123º 18’ 58”

You can get to the University of Victoria from Mackenzie Avenue, Gordon Head Road, or Cedar Hill Cross Road.  Turn on to Finnerty Road, University Drive, Gordon Head Road, or Henderson Road to access Ring Road.  The jogging trails can be found by walking along the Ring Road toward a trail post.  Several trail posts are also visible along Gordon Head or Cedar Hill Cross roads.  Parking is available for a fee around the campus.  Some street parking is available on Cedar Hill Cross Road and Gordon Head Road.  Walks around the University of Victoria campus can easily be extend by strolling into Henderson Park.  Finnerty Gardens are located near the chapel, which is across the parking. lot from the Fine Arts Buildings. Many buses provide service to the university area.