Victoria's Picturesque Parks, North to Saanic

Here are the more popular Victoria parks:
[ Victoria | North to Saanich | West to Sooke ]

Saanich Penisula-Deep Cove from SW-Salt Spring Island in background Francis/King Parks
Munn's Road off Prospect lake Rd (Saanich)
These parks are named for two local naturalists, and has a boardwalk so the disabled can get close to nature. There are over 90 hectares of forests of cedar and fir, lots of wildflowers (including the calypso orchid), wetland areas with both amphibious reptiles and birds. There are ten trails around the park and the nature house is open year-round.

Swan Lake - Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
Rainbow Rd, off Mackenzie (Saanich)
This year-round park has a nature house, bird blinds, and a floating boardwalk to complete its trails around the ponds. Interpretive programs are provided, making it a great family day.

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park
Sayward Rd (Saanich)
This 411 hectare park is Greater Victoria 's most popular park for a lot of reasons. The two lakes are joined by a narrow channel and are used for swimming, canoeing, fishing, rowing, waterskiing and windsurfing. The Canadian Rowing Team trains here because of its great year-round climate. There are also 15 kilometres of hiking and bridal trails around the park.

Bear Hill Regional Park
Bear Hill Rd off Brookleigh Rd (Saanich)
This park is just north of Beaver-Elk Lake Park on the Pat Bay Highway, and has pleasant hikes up Bear Hill with views of Haro Strait and the Saanich Peninsula.

Island View Regional Park
Island View Rd, off Pat Bay Highway (Saanich)
This park has one of the best beaches in Saanich, with superb sand dunes, and great views of the islands in Haro Strait, with Washington's Mt Baker in the background. Sand bars create interesting tidal pools and a great terrain for beachcombers. The north end of the park has great brid watching.

Mount Work Regional Park
Willis Point Road (off West Saanich Rd)
This park is large enough to have two main entrances. This park has the highest peak in the Saanich Peninsula, at 450 metres, which can be a challenging hike. The park also has three lakes for canoeing or fishing.

John Dean Provincial Park
Dean Park Rd (2 km east of the East Saanich Rd.)
This 155 hectare inland day-use park includes Mount Newton, and provides great views of the entire Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and Washington's Cascade Mountains. The parkland was donated by John Dean in 1921, with several trails criss-crossing the park. The summit of Mount Newton is dominated by radar installations.

Coles Bay Regional Park
Inverness Rd, off Armore Drive (North Saanich)
This park, on the western coast of the Saanich Peninsula is mostly wooded parkland, including some 30 metre tall Douglas firs. You can also find other species including salal, Oregon grape and sword fern. The protected beach offers warm summer swimming.

Saanich Penisula-Deep Cove from SW-Salt Spring Island in background Sidney Spit Provincial Marine Park
This 177 hectare park, on Sidney Island 3 km offshore from Sidney, is accessible by foot-passenger ferry from the Sidney Marina at the foot of Beacon Ave. The park features sandy beaches and a pretty lagoon. Its open meadows and forests are home to eagles, herons, waterfowl and herds of fallow deer. The park is open mid-May to late September and has 27 campsites. To the east is Mandarte Island, an important seabird nesting site.

McDonald Provincial Park
McDonald Park Rd (North Saanich)
This park is just a bit shy of the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (second traffic light from the Ferry), . It has 30 campsites and is a good spot for those arriving on the Island on a late ferry, or for those wishing to catch an early one.

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