Arcadia Green Space is in the seaside community of Esquimalt, one of thirteen communities in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space overlooks the Gorge Waterway through the branches of a large Douglas fir. The very rough pathway has a five foot drop before it leads down the slope to the muddy shoreline and the water. The area is filled with bramble of blackberries, snowberries and ocean spray shrubs. The view point provides a lovely vista of Curtis (Aaron) Point, in the Gorge Park of the District of Saanich. Several other trees and small shrubs are found in this park. The area was once part of the Arcadia Estate, home to Mr. Ian Coltart. Mr Coltart was a manager-director of the Province Publishing Company (which eventually became The Province newspaper). Selkirk Gorge Park (Arm Street) is nearby.
Geographical Location N48º 26’ 35” W123º 23’ 48”
Arcadia Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy1) Exit onto Tillicum Road to head south. At the junction with Craigflower Road turn right. Take the next right onto Arcadia Street and continue to the end of the road to find the green space. On my latest visit some one had placed a couple of outdoor chairs under the fir tree; lovely, thank you. There is limited street parking. Buses travel along Craigflower and Tillicum roads.
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