Captain Jacobson Park

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Captain Jacobson Park is in the seaside community of Esquimalt, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This two hundred square meter park is  grass covered with lovely landscaped garden beds on the perimeter. A sixty meter long concrete and gravel walkway that lead to the foreshore. There are a couple of benches to enjoy the ocean view. The view is to the east over the boats in Hidden Harbour Marina, float homes in the West Bay Marina and the Harbor of Victoria.  The water ways are part of Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is a good spot to start you walk along toward the Westsong Walkway or to explore the wharves.  Continue along the pathway to the right to see a large fisherman’s anchor on the shore. The access to the Hidden Harbour Marina and their rental facilities and wharves is near the anchor. On the left side of the park is the eighteen ninety-three home built by Victor Jacobson. Jacobson arrived in Victoria in the early eighteen eighties as the carpenter’s mate aboard the Vessel City of Quebec. He stayed and eventually developed the skills needed to captain his own seal hunting schooners. One of his investments was to build the ornate house for his wife and family.  This park is often referred to as West Bay Park. Westsong Walkway, McCauley Park and Bullen Park are nearby.

 

Geographical Location N48º 25’ 38” W123º 23’ 57”

 

Captain Jacobson Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy1). Exit onto Tillicum Road to head south. At the junction with Craigflower Road continue along as the road curves to become Lampson Street. Follow Lampson to Esquimalt Road. Turn left onto Esquimalt Road then turn right onto Head Street. Look to the left as the marinas come into view. The Park lies beside the nautical house of Captain Jacobson  and overlooks the marina. There is parking along Head Street. Buses travel along Esquimalt Road about two blocks to the north.

 

More information:

If these walls could talk Valerie Green

http://www.nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Monument_Jacobsen.php

https://www.esquimalt.ca/sites/default/files/docs/business-development/esq-walktour01_web_2015.pdf

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