Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park is a splendid place to spend some time while hanging out in the British Columbia capital of Victoria. Set along the city's south shore and the Juan de Fuca Strait, this sizeable retreat offers amazing views of the water and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Hike up to the top of the park's namesake hill, and you can also see the Strait of Georgia and the Haro Strait.

Originally founded by the Hudson Bay Company in 1843, Beacon Hill Park was gifted to the city of Vancouver in 1882. Ever since, it has remained a haven for the public, and thankfully so. No visit to Victoria would arguably be complete without enjoying at least a slice of this more than 100-acre expanse, and dropping by to take part in one of the special events can certainly make for a worthy addition to the travel itinerary.

On a visit to Beacon Hill Park Victoria, there are coastal paths to explore, stands of rare indigenous Garry oaks to be admired, and various floral gardens. Scenic ponds lend their beauty to the largely natural expanse, and there are lawn areas for kicking back and relaxing.

Beacon Hill Park is also home to tennis courts, a putting green, and a children's petting farm, so staying busy on a visit isn't difficult. There is even a wading pool to bask in on warmer days, and families with kids are likely to appreciate the playground.

Checking out the colorful totum pole is just one more option for things to do, and you might be interested to know that the Trans-Canada Highway's "Mile 0" marker is found at the park's edge on the Dallas Road side. Other notable features include a pebble bridge that was built in 1945 to honor the renowned BC artist, Emily Carr, and a band shell that is used for some of the Beacon Hill Park events. These events include summer concerts that are offered from June through September.

Should you get hungry or thirsty during a visit to Beacon Hill Park, you can visit the eatery located on the Douglas Street side. This eatery offers up burgers, milkshakes, coffee, and a variety of other tasty bites. It is open year round and extends its hours during the summer season.

Victoria weather is mild on the whole. In fact, the BC capital enjoys the mildest weather in all of Canada. This helps to make attractions such as Beacon Hill Park and Butchart Gardens wonderful places to go at any time of year.

Image: Deddeda Stemler

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