Victoria’s largest parklands sprawl to the waterfront at Beacon Hill Park.
Surrounded by grand homes and gardens, the 75-hectare (200-acre) park is an oasis of towering trees, seasonal flowers, tranquil ponds and joggers’ pathways. Look out for bald eagles, ducks, swans, chipmunks, squirrels and other wildlife.
You’ll also find a children’s farm with a petting zoo, a very tall painted totem pole, a bandstand hosting summertime concerts, playing fields and the official zero-mile marker of the Trans-Canada Highway.Stroll through the length of the park to gaze over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, or take a horse and carriage ride through the gardens. A coastal walking path winds past the park to lookout promontories at Holland Point and Clover Point on the shoreline.
Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park is an easy walk south of downtown and the inner harbor, on the waterfront between Holland Point and Clover Point parks.