Victoria International Airport Green Spaces, North Saanich

There are several enjoyable green spaces that are part of property of Victoria International Airport (YYJ). Dickson Woods is private Douglas-fir and cedar forest located close to the south side of the main airport terminal along Willingdon Road.  There are trails around the woods access off Dickson Road. The Flight Path is a paved walking and cycling trail that circles the entire airport facility. This nearly ten kilometer trail was built by the airport authority and enables its staff as well as visitors to explore the North Saanich neighborhoods. Along the Flight Path are the restored concrete gateposts that mark the access route used in the early nineteen forties by the Patricia Bay Royal Canadian Air Force for its Northwest Camp Operations and Training Facility. This unique reminder is surrounded by garden beds and grassy areas with a few benches to enjoy the view of the airfield as well as waters of Patricia Bay. There is also a drinking water fountain installed here. Be sure to enjoy the lovely garden beds and lawns seen at the entrance to the airport and parking area. There are appealing shrubs and bushes that line the front of the main building. The “Bouquet of Memories” outdoor art greets arriving and departing airport passengers as does the trio of totem poles. The five eight-meter-tall aluminum and steel “flowers” blend their vibrant colors with the garden beds between Electra Boulevard and the short term parking lot.

Victoria International Airport Totems

The Coastal Salish totems that greet visitors depict the orca, thunderbird, raven, wolf and bear.  There are rain water gardens and swale ditches which replaced usual the catch basins and culverts now manage the waters and potential waste products that the airport accumulates. The upland and riparian area of TenTen Creek form another second growth forested area on the western side the airport. Reay Creek watershed drains the airport lands to the Bazan Bay and Sidney Channel of the Salish Sea. The four hundred and eighty five hectares that comprise the lands around the airport are continually monitored to limit damage to wildlife and birds that dwell in this area.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 38’ 14″ W123° 25′ 46″

You can get to the Victoria International Airport from Pat Bay Highway.  Turn at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, the unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the first exit onto Canora Road. Continue onto Willingdon Road. At the next roundabout take the second exit to stay on Willingdon Road and onto the airport.

Mainwaring Road Green Space, North Saanich

Enjoy a brief respite by strolling along this hundred and fifty meter pathway in this quiet residential North Saanich neighborhood of Bazan Bay. The green space is bordered by cedar hedgerows and fences. This green space contains a gravel pathway that connects the residential neighborhood along Mainwaring Road to East Saanich Road. The trail leads a pedestrian crossing over East Saanich Road near Graham Road. Balsam Park is short distance up Graham Road and Dickson Avenue Green Space is also nearby.

Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 57″ W123° 25′ 5″

Mainwaring Road Green Space can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, the 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. Continue along McTavish Road and turn at the first road to the right. Once on Mainwaring Road look for the trail on the left, just past Finlay Lane. There is concrete barrier painted yellow near the gravel trail. There is roadside parking along Mainwaring Road.