Formed by two lots on the corner of a five-corner junction, Lokier Gardens was named after the Oak Bay’s citizen Mr. Thomas I. Lokier whom donated his time and energy to enhance the original park. The park was rededicated in nineteen sixty three, twelve years earlier Mr. Lokier designed the gate to the garden. The Lokier Gardens contains rose beds surrounded by cedars, blue spruce, daisies, lilies and green meadows. The garden benches provide a sheltered respite in the dynamic and busy corner market area. It is a wonderful place to visit in every season. An unusual outdoor sculpture featuring optical frames and a large nose provide a unique view of the park. Created by the artist Ronald Simmer and titled “What the Nose Knows” this outdoor art is part an outdoor art exhibit in Oak Bay. Camas Trail Green Space, Willows Beach Park, Uplands Park, Carnarvon Park and Willows Elementary School Green Space are nearby.
Geographic Location N48º 26’ 16” W123º 18’ 30”
Lokier Garden is located on the corners of Thompson and Estevan avenues, Musgrave, and Hamiota streets. From the TransCanda Hwy turn east onto Hillside Avenue and continue as it become Lansdowne Road. Turn right onto reach Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left onto either Estevan or Thompson avenues. Some street parking is available is available along the parkland. City buses travel past this park along Cadboro Bay Road.
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.