Mountain Road Forest Nature Reserve is in the District of Saanich, one of thirteen areas that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This fifty-acre property lies on the near Prospect Lake and contains a few single-track trails. The reserve has mature second growth Coastal Douglas-fir, Garry oak, rocky outcrops and arbutus trees. There are also several animals that may be seen by those who tread quietly including the Western Screech Owl, Northwestern Garter snake, Hoary Bat, Northern Pacific Tree Frog and Western red back Salamander. During springtime, perhaps you will see Spotted Coral Root, Fawn Lily or Calypso Orchid. The headwaters of Excelsior Creek can be found in this parkland. The creek flows into Colquitz River that flows into Portage Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Geographical Location 48°30’ 27”N 123°26’ 37”W
Mountain Road Forest Nature Reserve 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 Interurban Road. Turn immediately onto Goward Road. Follow Goward Road to reach Excelsior Road. Turn left onto Excelsior Rd and continue to the end.