The Beacon Hill Park is situated towards south of downtown Victoria BC. Exact location of the park is between Juan de Fuca strait and downtown core. You can enter this park through Dallas Road, Douglas Street or Cook Street. The park is situated with in the close vicinity of hotels and other places of attractions in Victoria Inner Harbor.
The Beacon Hill Park has the reputation of being the grand showpiece of City of Victoria. Prior to invasion of the settlers the site was traditional territory of Salish people. Number of events took place in the meantime and the Salish People who were the original inhabitants of this area were displaced. However, their history still exists in the form of petroglyphs, seashells middens and beaches on Juan de Fuca Strait.
Originally James Douglas, the then governor of Vancouver Island started developing a garden in 1858. However, the park received recognition as a prominent park only in 1882 when it was established on 200 acres of land officially. The park was named after two masts that were placed strategically on the hill which acted as a beacon and provided navigational aid to mariners traveling towards the Inner harbors of Victoria.
The Beacon Hill Park is one of the best examples of native habitat and natural land. Manicured and landscaped ponds, bridges and lakes and beautifully landscaped alpine and rock garden adds to the natural beauty of the garden.
You can experience the wondrous displays of native and exotic trees such as Arbutus, Garry Oak, Western Red Cedar, willow, Douglas fir, birch and maples in the park.
You can also experience the thrill of variety of waterfowl while enjoying natural beauty of Goodacre (pond lilies) and Fountain lakes. You may get a chance to see Bald Eagles in the Douglas fir trees.
The Beacon Hill Park is a delightful but quiet and sunny place. There are number of walking trails which can take you to the busy commercial areas. It is a good place to enjoy the holidays with your family. There is another place of attraction in the Beacon Hill Park, especially for your young buddies, the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. Your children can gain some knowledge of petting while visiting this farm. There is a children’s petting zoo situated in the Beacon Hill Park which provides enjoyment for both young and old.
Timings of the Beacon Hill Children’s park are given below.
• During Springs (15 March to 30 April) the farm remains opened from 1000am to 0400pm
• During Summer (01 May to 1000am to 0500pm)
Playgrounds, sports fields and bandshell are the some of the other attractions of the park. World’s tallest, 38.8 meter tall, free standing totem pole, created by Mungo Martin (a well known Kwakwaka’wakw artist) in the year 1956 is special attraction of the park. Though created in 1956 the structure was restored in year 2002.
Direction From victoria B&B -amethyst inn
walking down to the St.Charles Avenue from our Victoria Bed & Breakfast or fort street are 15 minutes. if go by the rockland avenue also can pass the government house 36 acre beautiful garden and Craigdarrach Castle. If you go by Fort street, you need go Cook St west down to Douglas St. Want more information, just give our Victoria bed & breakfast staff a call.