Browns’ Wood Trail Green Space

Browns’ Wood Trail Green Space is in the municipality of Central Saanich, one of the municipalities that are part of the thirteen which form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island, this trail was formed along the roadside of Dorothy and Bill Brown to enjoy the ephemeral waterways along their property. The eight hundred meter long trail connects at 8069 Thomson Place where there is a lovely sign to mark the trail. The pathway leads to another section of the windy road near Haldon Park. This green space is a narrow strip bordered by fence lines of the neighboring properties. There are a couple of boardwalks and stairs. The trail is through a second growth forest of cedar, fir, Garry oak and arbutus. There are many small shrubs like ocean spray and alder. Springtime flowers such as camas lilies and shooting stars can be seen. This trail makes a wonderful walk to Haldon Park and onto John Dean Provincial Park. Butterfield Park is also nearby. This is a great place to walk in your backyard.

Geographical location N48º 36’ 6” W 123º 27’ 1”                

Browns’ Wood Trail Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 1. Exit onto Mackenzie Avenue and continue along to the exit for Pat Bay Highway.  Follow Pat Bay Highway, Highway 17, to Mount Newton Cross Road. Turn left onto Mount Newton Cross Road and continue to Thomson Place. Turn right onto Thomson Place and continue along to the trail marker near 8069 Thomson Place. There is limited roadside parking. City busses travel along East Saanich Road.

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