Saanichton Bay Park

Saanichton Bay Park is in the municipality of Central Saanich, one of the thirteen which form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island, this park borders along the shore of Saanichton Bay. Saanichton Bay is a small indentation of Cordova Channel formed by James Island and Bazan Bay. The park has a paved trail along the ridge that extends from Lancelot Place to Mount Newton Road. The pathway can be access from several points. Benches are found along the trail. The shoreline can be accessed via a ramp or from a staircase off the trail. The beach is mostly a rock and cobble with some bed rock areas. The shore has a mix of trees: fir, cedar, arbutus and hemlock. Ocean spray, snow berry and blackberry bushes fill the understory of the forested area. There are some grass covered areas in this park along its pathway. The parkland is bordered by condominiums and a townhouse complex. This is a good place to walk in your back yard.

Geographical location N48º 35’ 45” W 123º 23’ 30”

Saanichton Bay Park can be reached from the Patricia Bay Highway, Highway 17, which heads north from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). Exit the Highway 17 right onto Mount Newton Cross Road and turn left onto Lochside Drive then right onto Ferguson Road. There is small parking area on the right near the junction with the access into the town house complex. City busses travel along Lochside Drive.

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