Pat Thomson Park

Pat Thomson 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 nature park is about one and a half hectares. The parkland hosts cedar, bigleaf maples and hemlock trees and has an elevation change of about 20 meters and lies on the western slopes of Mount Newton. The forest was logged in the early with areas of dense undergrowth. Broom, ferns, salal and blackberry bushes shade the forest floor. This is a good place to walk in your backyard.

Geographical location N48º 36’ 13” W 123º 27’ 42”            

Pat Thomson Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway One. Exit on to Mackenzie Avenue to reach Highway 17, the Pat Bay Highway.  Continue along Highway 17 to reach Mount Newton Cross Road. Turn left onto Mount Newton Cross Road and follow along to reach Rae-Leigh Place.  Turn right onto Rae-Leigh Place and look for the park on the left after passing Woodwyn Terrace. The road ends in a turn-about so park near the driveway for 8171 before the curved barrier along the road.  There is limited roadside parking. Thomson Place Park and Butterfield Park are nearby. City busses travel to Saanichton.

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