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Mount Douglas Park
About the Park
This is the largest and most magnificent park administered by Saanich. Walk the shores of Cordova Bay, hike trails lush with the abundance of ferns and wildflowers towered by Douglas Fir and Cedar trees overhead. Trails, as well as a paved, but steep, park road leads you to the summit. From the parking lot at the top, a walking trail leads you to the summit elevation of 213m. This 360º lookout is spectacular, with views of rural Saanich, the city lights of Victoria, and further, the Olympic and Cascade mountains in Washington State.
Mount Douglas Park beach is a long sandy beach and can be accessed via trail off main parking lot near Shelbourne/Ash intersection. Washrooms and playground are off main parking lot also.
Churchill Drive, the paved road leading to the summit, is closed to vehicular traffic in the mornings seven days a week. Until noon each day, the road functions as a multi-use trail which promotes a more active, enjoyable leisure experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
In 1942, Emily Carr claimed to have had a vision while visiting a friend in Vancouver. The vision inspired her to return immediately to Mount Douglas Park where she felt the "forest had something to tell her". There, for a few weeks in August of that year, she painted her last works which were both mystical and enchanting.
For more information about Mount Douglas Park and some of the projects going on in the park go to: http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/parks/mt-doug/index.html
There is a trail map (PDF) available for this area,
District of Saanich - 770 Vernon Ave Victoria, BC, Canada V8X 2W7 Tel: 250.475.1775 (8:30am - 4:30pm)