Songhees Point Park

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Songhees Point Park is in the seaside city of Victoria, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A shore hugging park along the waterfront of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Songhees Point Park is a great place to watch the navigation of seaplanes, Coho Ferry, private yachts, sailing boats and Victoria Harbour Ferry boats. The one and half hectare park encompasses the start of the Westsong Walkway, a three kilometer pathway to Esquimalt, at the Johnson Street Bridge. Trees and shrubs shade wonderful places to stop for breaks and to take a photo. At low tides Discovery Rock might be accessible over the rock and mud seafloor. The Delta Victoria Ocean Point Hotel borders the parkland and has many beautiful flower displays. Near Songhees Point, a rocky projection into the harbour, a tall totem pole, raised in 1994 for the Commonwealth Games, was dismantled in 1997 since it obstructed views and interfered with the floatplanes who use the channel as a flight path. There is an information panel about the reconfiguration of the original 55 meter tall red cedar totem pole. Songhees Point is also referred to as  p’áləc’əs (Pallastsis) Point and hosts a spindle whorl marker. This site marker, designed by Butch Dick, is one of half a dozen Signs of Lekwungen around the Inner Harbour. Tuzo Rock is just off shore. And a lovely small sandy beach can be found on the east side of Songhees Point at low tides. Include a stroll up the rocks that form Songhees Point, there is evidences of glacial activity on these granite rocks as well as an unique outdoor art.  There are several benches and grassy points along the four hundred meters of paved and concrete footpaths. This is a wonderful park to explore in your neighborhood.

Geographic coordinate N48° 25’ 35” W123° 22’ 32”

Songhees Point Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn west onto Johnson Street and continue across the bridge toward Victoria West.The road curves to become Esquimalt Road. After a few hundred meters along Esquimalt road turn left onto Tyee Road and then left again onto Songhees Road where there is limited roadside parking as well as a couple of parking areas. A city bus travels along Esquimalt Road from downtown.

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