Posted by: cherylyoung | February 16, 2012

Beacon Hill Park, Victoria B.C Has something for everyone. See for yourself

Located at the foot of Douglas Street, Beacon Hill Park in

 is the grand showpiece of Victoria British Columbia,

 a city with a long and proud tradition of gardening.

Set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island,

 the 75-hectare (200 acre) plot of land was officially established

 as a park in 1882.

 

Beacon Hill Park was named after a pair of masts strategically placed

on a hill to act as a beacon and navigational aid to mariners

 approaching Victoria’s inner harbour.

Prior to the arrival of settlers, of course, the area was the

 traditional territory of the Salish people, who had lived here for

 thousands of years.

 

 A tangled web of events since then has displaced the original

 dwellers, but their history is evident in the petroglyphs that

 adorn the shoreline and in the middens of seashells mounded

 up beside the beaches on Strait of Juan de Fuca.

 

 The first of the Indian people arrived in the region shortly after

the ice of the last glacial age had begun to retreat some 14,000 years ago.

Whilst the park boasts considerable areas of natural land in a native

 habitat, most of the park is beautifully landscaped and manicured

 with bridges, lakes and ponds, and an alpine and rock garden.

 

 Wondrous displays of exotic and native trees, including Garry Oak,

 Arbutus, Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar, birch, willow and maples

 grace the park – to name just a few of the many.

Amongst the pond lilies of Goodacre and Fountain Lakes, a variety

 of waterfowl go about their business, thrilling visitors of all ages.

 In a copse of Douglas-fir trees an active heronry raucously sounds

its presence whilst a pair of Bald Eagles nests nearby.

 

A delightful quiet envelops this sunny spot in Victoria, where walking

 trails link with neighbourhood streets that lead down into the busy

 hum of commercial activity.

Our Farm is located within beautiful Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, B.C.

 We take pride in being able to bring the farm animal experience

 into the city where some children may never see such animals

 up close in real life.

 Our hands on approach teaches respect for living creatures is memorable

 Attractions in the park include the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. 

The children’s petting zoo at historic Beacon Hill Park gives hands-on

 experience, which is enjoyed by young and old.

Spring Hours:
March 15 – April 30 / 10:00 – 4:00
Summer Hours:
May 1 – Labour Day / 10:00 – 5:00
Fall Hours: Labour Day – Thanksgiving / 11:00 – 4:00

This is Henry

Other attractions include sports fields and playgrounds, a bandshell

 and the world’s tallest free-standing totem pole.

 The 38.8-metre (128-foot) masterpiece was created by renowned

 Kwakwaka’wakw artist Mungo Martin in 1956, and lovingly

 restored to its original splendour 46 years later.

This is a goat birth at the farm

Beacon Hill Park is located south of downtown Victoria, between

 the downtown core and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and has easy

 access on Douglas Street, Dallas Road, and Cook Street.

 Main  entrances to the park are located east of Douglas Street between

 Southgate Street and Dallas Road. The Park is within easy walking

 distance of attractions and hotels around the Inner Harbour in Victoria

Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula is full of remarkable things to do and

here is one way that you can get to see some of the sights you might mis

 

 CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY BC. www.cherylyoung.ca

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