Midland Connector Green Space

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Midland Connector Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is a pedestrian friendly pathway from the north side of Midland to the south side of Midland Road. A twenty meter long concrete sidewalk link Midland Road. The sidewalk continues the length of this three thousandth block of Midland Road. Several trees and shrubs fill the grass covered area of the rest of area. This green space borders along Uplands Park. Camas Trail and Willows Beach Park area nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 33”  W123º 18’ 13”

Midland Connector Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Midland Road. Turn right and continue to the end of road. There is street parking. City buses travel along Beach Drive periodically.

Uplands Park

Uplands Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay part of the Capital Regional District in British Columbia. At thirty and half hectares this is one of larger parks in Oak Bay. In 1912 the Uplands Park was laid out as part of the Garden Uplands Estates development plans.  In 1946, the land was given to the municipality of Oak Bay for the purpose of a public park in perpetuity.  The 75 acres include some fantastic views of the ocean and soothing strolls through rocky Garry Oak meadows and West Coast bramble. Plants that you might see are camas lilies, plantain buttercups, western buttercup, yellow montane violet, fawn lilies, lupine, red-oiser dogwood, shoot stars, nootka rose and numerous lichen and mosses. Numerous birds, butterflies and other insects are also found here. Be sure to wear your boots when you venture out during late autumn and winter months.  A cenotaph is found along the granite rocks on the eastern side of the park. This landscaped area is along Beach Drive.  The cenotaph features a woman gazing down on the names of residents of Oak Bay whom gave their lives during World War Two and recognizes Canadians who fell during World War One, Korea, United Nations Peace Keepers and Canadian Merchant Navy.  The monument was commissioned in nineteen forty seven by designer James Saull whose wife was the model for the nine-foot tall monument. The Victorienteers have produced a detailed map of the trails and parkland (scale 1:3,000). Beach Drive divides the park into the Uplands area and the Cattle Point area.

Cattle Point overlooks the waters of Oak Bay and the Salish Sea.  Discovery and Chatham islands dominate the view to the east lie in Haro Strait, while the Chain Islands and Mary Tod Island lie to the south which forms the area called Juan de Fuca Strait.  At low tides the rocks are exposed to display the barnacles and seaweeds.  Boats moored at the Oak Bay Marina fill the bay to southwest.  As part of the Scenic Drive through the Victoria area, a geographic marker provides eleven direction and distance indicators.  The Kiwanis International Club established the marker.

Geographical location N48º 26’ 21” W123º 17’ 54”

The best way to get to Uplands Park is from Beach Drive on the east shore of Oak Bay.  Parking is available at the Cattle Point viewing area.  Some street parking is available on Midland or Dorest roads that border the park. There is limited parking along Beach Drive.

Willows Beach Park

Willows Beach Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Formed by a sandy beach about 6 blocks long, Willows Beach Park is idyllic seashore as it is one of the rare sandy beaches in the CRD.  It a great place to observe the local flora and fauna. Stroll from Cattle Point in Uplands Park to the Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea House on the south end.

The park also has a grassy area is just inland of the Tea House, a seasonal concession, where volleyball games and other activities occur.  The slides, swings, benches, and toilet facilities provide an opportunity for the kids to play and to slow even the most ambitious walkers.  A Songhees Indian Village, the Sitchanalth Village, was unearthed during the construction of the toilet facilities in the 1970’s.  The Sitchanalth Village provided artifacts from 2,600 to 10, 000 years ago. This grassy area is bordered by Garry oak trees and a hedge along the parking lot. A granite rock fence forms a perimeter along Beach Drive.

Geographical location N48° 26′ 2″ W123° 18′ 18″

You can get to Willows Beach Park is from Bowker or Dalhousie Avenues along Beach Drive.  Some off street parking is available along Esplanade Street and Dalhousie Street.

You can extend your walk toward the rocky point of Cattle Point.  Alternatively stroll in the opposite direction past the Tea House and continue along Beach Drive toward Haynes Park and Turkey Head Walkway near the Oak Bay Marina.   Glenlyon School and surrounding residential areas display some of the beautiful manicured gardens of the area.  Numerous park benches and beach access points permit a leisurely stroll along the way to Haynes Park and Oak Bay Marina. This park is on the city bus route.