South Prospect Lake Park

South Prospect Lake Park is in the District of Saanich, one of thirteen areas that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. It lies on the southern end of Prospect Lake and is bordered by the lake and neighborhood properties. The park is nearly 10 hectares of forest composed of cedar, fir and Garry oak trees. The understory has mosses and ferns as well as red osier dogwood black berry and ocean spray shrubs. A single-track pathway curves down the steep slope to the lake. It winds through the forest with viewpoints of Prospect Lake along the way. A branch of the trail leads to Estelline Road and the small waterfront park called Estelline Park. The sixty-eight hectare lake is stocked with rainbow trout and cutthroat trout while small mouth bass, pumpkinseed, prickly sculpin and large mouth bass may also be caught here. This is a good place in your backyard for both a walk and water activities.

Geographical Location 48°30’ 26”N 123°26’ 52”W

South Prospect Lake 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. Travel along the roadway, passing Whitehead Park; continue through the residential area keeping an eye out for the park sign on the left. There is a small parking area for about three vehicles. This park is easily missed; if you pass the ‘Power to Be” facility (which used to be the property of the Prospect Lake Golf Course) you will have gone past the access to South Prospect Lake Park.


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