Whitehead Park

Whitehead Park is in the District of Saanich, one of thirteen areas that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. It lies on the north end of Prospect Lake and it bordered by the lake and neighborhood streets. At just over one hectare, this park is an enjoyable nature park and swimming area. Tod Creek flows from the lake to Tod Inlet on the Saanich Inlet part of the Salish Sea. The creek is narrow and not suitable to watercraft. The riparian area on both sides of the creek have had re-development with plants and trees. A wood chip footpath leads through the wetland on the southeast side for the creek. The main area of the park has many picnic tables, benches and a play area.  There is a playground with teeter-totters, slide and swings.  Toilets are open seasonally. A trail from the parking lot leads to a picnic tables near the lakeshore and along the creek.  There is small grassy area and some trees including two water-loving weeping willows. The boardwalk extends the footpath to a small wharf on the lake. There is room to launch personal watercraft like paddle boards, kayaks and canoes can be carried from your vehicle. Prospect Lake is a good place to swim, paddle and explore. This is a good place to walk in your backyard.

Geographical Location 48°31’ 17”N 123°26’ 22”W

Whitehead Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Exit onto Mackenzie Avenue to reach Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17). Continue along Pat Bay Highway to exit the highway at Royal Oak Drive, cross over the highway to reach the intersection with West Saanich Road.  Turn right and drive down West Saanich Road to Prospect Lake Road, which is past the road that leads to the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Turn left onto Prospect Lake Road. The park is at the junction of Prospect Lake Road and Goward Road.  There are two parking lots for this park: one off Goward Road and the other along Prospect Lake Road.


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