Highrock Cairn Park

Highrock Cairn Park is in the seaside community of Esquimalt, one of thirteen communities in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is nearly five hectares of rocky knolls and Garry oak meadows with a height of sixty-eight meters at its summit. Enjoy an invigorating hike on this small monadnock with an amazing view of the city of Victoria, Esquimalt and Saanich as well as the lovely Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Salish Sea with the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.

 

The view from the cairn captures the breathtaking beauty of southern Vancouver Island, and is one of the most panoramic in the Greater Victoria area.  There are several short asphalt trails that lead to the hilltop. The cairn was donated in 1962 by the Royal Canadian Navy CFB Esquimalt to commemorate its 50-year association with the people of Esquimalt. The cairn has directional markers to the other lookout points in the Capital Regional District. This urban park is composed mostly of Garry oak trees Quercus garryana with snowberries bushes and patches of white fawn lilies Erythronium orgegonum and other seasonal wild flowers found between the granite and gneiss bedrocks. Walk along the mosses and ferns that cover the rocks. These wrangellia metamorphic rocks were eroded during the glacial period with smooth and striated markings.

 

There are many benches along the pathways. Highrock Green Space, Rockheights Middle School Green Space, Lampson Lions Park and Lampson School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographical Location N48º 26’ 11” W123º 24’ 24”

 

Highrock Cairn Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway when you turn southward onto Tillicum Road.  Follow Tillicum to as it becomes Lampson Street.  From Lampson Turn onto Rockheights Avenue and look for the concrete staircase across from Elrick Place. There is limited street parking along Rockheights Avenue. The closest bus route to this park travels along Lampson Street.

 

Alternatively continue along Lampson Street to reach Old Esquimalt Road.  Turn right onto Old Esquimalt Road.   Turn immediately to the right on Cairn Road where you will find limited street parking.  The trail to the park is at the end of the road.  There is also access to the park between houses 1162 and 1166 on Old Esquimalt Road.

There are several foot access points to Highrock Park. There is a trail across from the junction with Elrick Place off Matheson Drive and a pathway near the junction of Highrock Avenue and Highrock Place.  Look for the footpath near house 1164 on Highrock Place.

Interesting information:

Geology of Southern Vancouver Island

 

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