Victoria, British Columbia

Walks in Your Backyard

A pocket guide to  Victoria Parks, Playgrounds and Green Spaces

Copyright 2014 Roberta V. Eckard


Victoria illustrates a little bit of old English gardens many with some tall trees making it an urban outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Victoria is a city of the Capital Regional District that is recognized internationally for the district. It is a place where walking is an enjoyable means of transportation. Since half of Victoria is border by the ocean there are many unique ocean view points. From sights of small boats navigating the waters of the Gorge Waterway, float-planes landing in the Inner Harbour, ducks enjoying the waters around Beacon Hill Park to the wind surfers and kite boarders enjoy the waters off of Holland Point, Clover Point and Ross Bay you will have many options for exploring nature on Southern Vancouver Island. For those who enjoy more land based sights the flower displays are wonderful, pretty much year round.

This blog describes the parks, playgrounds, and green spaces within Victoria from north to south and east to west, mostly. Its goal is to encourage you to explore your neighborhood by foot. Beginning at Hillside Mall, on the corner of North Dairy Road and Shelbourne Street, the city of Victoria extends westward to the Selkirk waters of the Gorge Waterway and to the Municipality of Esquimalt. North of Victoria is the District of Saanich, east is the Municipality of Oak Bay. There are 1580 square kilometers forming over a hundred parks, playgrounds and green spaces in Victoria. There are stimulating walks and breathtaking sights in your backyard. These places are described using the areas of Hillside/Sears/Fernwood, Gorge/Victoria West, Fairfield and Downtown/James Bay. Walking in established residential areas has the added bonus of frequent rest stops for young and old. Each place can take less than an hour to explore. A brief description of the nature of each park is provided with directions.

As all else, trails are altered and the conditions of the parks, playgrounds and green spaces that I describe in this book change. As I cannot be held responsible for errors or discrepancies in the text, 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, keep dogs on a leash, and do not pick the wildflowers, mushrooms or other vegetation. And, of course, the geographical locations provided are dependent on the stability of network that forms the global positioning system.

Exploration is footsteps away in your backyard.

Oaklands Community including Hillside/Sears/Fernwood Area of Victoria, British Columbia

Clawthorpe Park

Oswald Park

Hillside Park 

Doncaster Green

Jewish Cemetery Green Space

Ryan Ivy Green 

Ryan Hill Park

 Mt Steven Ryan Park

Ivy Place Knoll

David Spencer Park

Oaklands Green 

Oaklands Elementary School Green Space

Oaklands Park 

Shelbourne Street Green Space 

Wesley Park 

Blackwood Park 

Summit Park

Highview Park 

Highview Mars Green Space

Highview Street Park

Mars Street Park

Jackson Street Park 

Quadra Heights Park 

Yew Street Green Space

Alder Street Green Space

Blanchard Street Green Space

Ecole Quadra Elementary Green Space

Topaz Park

SJ Willis Community School Green Space

Quadra Community Green Space

Wark Park

Alexander Park

Denman Street Green Space

Albert Avenue Green Space

Newton Street Green Space

Spirit Garden

Carrick Street Green Space

Adanac Street Green Space

Emerson Street Green Space

Royal Jubilee Hospital Green Space – Begbie Green

Royal Jubilee Hospital Green Space – Courtyard Garden

Begbie Green Space

Fern Street Park

Victor Street School Green Space

Gower Park

Stevenson Memorial Park

Spring Ridge Common Gardens

Earthbound Community Gardens

Fernwood Community Gardens

Victoria High School Green Space

Haegert Park

Stadacona Park

Pandora Avenue Green Space

George Jay Elementary School Green Space

Queens Park

Royal Athletic Park

Central Park

Manson Street Park

Mason Street Farm Green Space

Harris Green Park

Pembroke Native Plant Garden 

Burnside Gorge Community of Victoria, BC, Canada

Point Ellice House and Gardens

Garbally Landing Green Space

Sawmill Point Green Space

Selkirk Green Park

Galloping Goose Regional Trail – Victoria

Manchester Green Space

Sumas Park

Sumas Street Green Space

Burnside School Green Space

Burnside Gorge Community Center Green Space

Cecelia Ravine Park

Viaduct Park

Cecelia Cove Park

Arbutus Park

Gorge Road Hospital Green Space

Harriet Road Green Space

Trans Canada Trail Parkette

Trans Canada Trail – Victoria

Regatta Point Park

Banfield Park

Banfield Orchard

Banfield Commons Garden

VicWest Community Tea Garden

Rayn Or Shine Garden

Raynor Park

Burleith Park

Arm Street Park

Hereward Green

Vic West Elementary School Green Space

Russell Street Green Space

Alston Street Green Space

Triangle Park

Tyee Road Green Space

Ellice Point Park

Harbour Road Green Space

Tenas Park

Saghalie Park

Victoria West Park

Kimta Road Green Space

Songhees Point Park

Westsong Walkway

Paul Kane Green Space

Sitkum Park

Vista Park

Cooperage Green Space

Lime Bay Park

Mary Street Park

Rainbow Park

Robert Street Green Space

Maitland Street Green Space

Barnard Park

Fairfield – James Bay – Downtown areas of Victoria, B.C.

Fairfield Quadra Green Space

Collinson Street Green Space

Mcclure Street Green Space

 Rupert Street Green Space

Mount St. Mary Hospital Green Space

Christ Church Cathedral Green Space

Court House Green Space

Pioneer Square Park

Christ Church Cathedral Green Space

St Ann’s Academy Garden

St Joseph’s Hospital Green Space

Cridge Park

Irving Park

Southgate Street – Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park

Centennial Park

Holland Point Park

Menzie Sixtyfour Green Space

Belleville Street Green 

Kingston Superior Green Space

David Foster Way – Harbour Walkway

Parliament Building Gardens

Fisherman’s Wharf Park

Empress Hotel Garden

Confederation Garden Plaza

Laurel Point Park

Quadra Park

South Park

Stores Building Green Space

Charles Redfern Park

Canadian Coast Guard Rooftop Garden

Earnest Todd Park

Heron Cove Park

Ogden Point Breakwater Walkway

Todd Park

James Bay Allotment Gardens

James Bay Community School Green Space

MacDonald Park

Heron Street Green Space

Rotary International Welcome Garden

Camel Point Green Space

Canadian Coast Guard Green Space

Victoria Harbour Green Space

Thunderbird Park

Ship Point Green Space

Elliot Square

Royal British Museum Sunken Garden