McMicking Park

 

McMicking Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This grass covered half a hectare park has sandbox playground in its southwestern corner. McMicking Point is a promontory along Enterprise Channel on the southeast shore of Vancouver Island. Trial Island lighthouse is immediate off shore and forms the fore drop for the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. This rocky shoreline is a pleasant place to take a walk. Stroll through the foreshore bramble, composed mostly of gorse, Ulex europaeus, along a rough trail to reach the old concrete storm water pipes. Or scramble up the granite rocks to enjoy the view.  The park is located in a residential area and bordered by several waterfront homes. Mr. McMicking was a business man who set up the first electrically company that brought street lights and telephone lines into Oak Bay in the late eighteen seventies. The namesake for this park was a Masonic Grand Master and is interned in Ross Bay Cemetery. The park is near Kitty Island Park, McNeil Bay Park, Lafayette Park and Anderson Hill Park.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 38”  W123º 18’ 17”

McMicking Park 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 Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Beach Drive. Turn left onto Beach Drive and continue along the shore McNeill Bay. Turn right onto Hood Lane which quickly curves to the left. Near the end of Radcliff Lane is a small parking area.   There is no street parking nor bus access.

This is one of many beaches of Victoria, B.C., described in the book Secret Beaches

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