Cordova Spit Park – TIXEN

Cordova Spit 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, visit this park to enjoy a wonderful seascape along the shores of Cordova Channel and Saanichton Bay. The waters are part of the Salish Sea and Pacific Ocean. The six and a half hectare park is also named TIXEN. Access to the parkland is through the Tsawout First Nation roads. The shoreline habitat of this nature park is sandy with several cobble stone areas. The lagoon is a shallow tidal area that forms habitats for migratory birds, songbirds and notably common nighthawks. Great blue herons are often seen along the water’s edge. River otters, mink, and rats are found along the waters of the spit. Many unique plants are found in the sand dunes of this ecosystem, including beach bind weed, black knot weed, yellow sand verbena and evening primrose. Take care strolling along the beaches of this park to avoid disturbing the unique life. This is a good place to walk in your backyard.

Geographical location N48º 35’ 52” W 123º 22’ 17”            

Cordova Spit Park is best reached using a boat, personal water craft can be launched Saanichton Bay Park or Island View Regional Park. The park can also be reached land via the Trans Canada Highway. Exit Hwy 1 to reach Hwy 17, Pat Bay Highway, by turning off at Mackenzie Avenue. Once on Hwy 17 follow along to reach Island View Road exit. Turn right and follow the road to the beach.  It changes names to Angle Road part way along then connects to Hamathko Drive.  Island View Regional Park is at the end of Hamathko Drive so walk along the beach to reach Cordova Spit Park; the walk is about 3km one way. Please note that this route passes along the shores of the Tsawout First Nations property.  There is a parking lot. An alternative access is to gain permission to pass through the Tsawout First Nations roads and park in the small gravel parking area.

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