Esquimalt is a seaside municipality in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The municipality of Esquimalt, incorporated in 1912, has many heritage buildings and beaches with excellent views of Victoria Harbor, Esquimalt Harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Esquimalt is border by water as well as the City of Victoria’s Vic West and the Community of View Royal: on the south lies the Strait of Juan de Fuca, on the west by Esquimalt Harbor, and on the north by a long finger-like inlet of tidal water called the Gorge.  From sights of military vessels moored in the Esquimalt Harbor, ducks enjoying the waters in along the Gorge Waterway, Esquimalt has 29 hectares (72 acres) of impressive parks and picturesque waterfront walkways for exploration.  Esquimalt is a wonderful place to stretch your legs.

This book describes the parks, playgrounds, and green spaces within Esquimalt.  Its goal is to encourage you to explore your neighborhood by foot.  Each place takes less than an hour to explore.  There are stimulating walks and breathtaking sights in your backyard.  It is a great way to get out of your house with limited use of your car.  Walking in established residential areas have the added bonus of frequent rest stops for young and old.  The parks are described from north to south, east to west.  A brief description of the nature of each park in the city is provided with directions.

Esquimalt offers beautiful parks and private gardens.  Garden displays installing in 1998 along Esquimalt Road to enhanced the area.  You can also explore the relationship between Canada’s navy and the West Coast by taking a walking tour of the HMC Dockyard.  Visit Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and step back in time in the full-sized replica of the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare’s wife, nestled amidst the five-acre country garden estate of the English Inn and Resort. This twelve-room farmhouse is a replica of the original cottage that stands in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England authentically furnished with 16th-Century antiques.

As all else, trails are altered and the conditions of the parks and green spaces that I describe in this book change. I ask that you help to keep this book current and useful.  For the enjoyment of all parks, playgrounds, and green spaces, please carry out any litter, respect adjacent property, and do not pick the wildflowers, mushrooms, or other vegetation.  As you might have already guessed you need to keep dogs on a leash and pick after them nearly everywhere you go.

Exploration is footsteps away in your backyard.