Posted by: cherylyoung | June 3, 2012

BRENTWOOD BAY IS HOME TO THE WORLD FAMOUS BUTCHART GARDENS, NOT TO MENTION BUTTERFLY GARDENS AND CHURCH AND WINE ESTATES

 

A rapidly developing village on Saanich Inlet north

of Victoria, Brentwood Bay is home to the

world-famous Butchart Gardens.

 Brentwood Village offers excellent accommodation,

waterfront restaurants, and all amenities, and is

also a jumping-off point for kayakers, canoeists

and mountain hikers.

 

Previously named Slugget, after pioneer John

 Sluggett who settled in the area in 1876, the

village of Brentwood Bay was given the rather

 more appealing name in 1925.

Brentwood Village takes its name from the English

town of Brentwood in Essex, home town of R.M.

Horne-Payne, president of the British Columbia

Electric Company in the 1920s.

 

The Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay ferry is a convenient

 25-minute route across the Saanich Inlet for those

travelling to or from the Swartz Bay terminal and

destinations north of Victoria.

 

This scenic route bypasses Victoria and the Malahat.

Location: Brentwood Bay is located on the Saanich

Peninsula, 12.5 km south of Wain Road, off

Highway 17A.

 

Once a limestone quarry, Butchart Gardens  is

now filled with flowers, a luxurious 20-hectare

estate attracting over one million visitors a year.

 

Butchartdelights visitors from around the world

with wonderful floral displays and spectacular

views as visitors stroll along meandering paths and

expansive lawns.

 

From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming

Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the

 gracious traditions that have spanned almost

 100 years.

 

Take a side trip to Victoria Butterfly Gardens and

 stroll amidst hundreds of exotic butterflies flying

free in an indoor tropical rainforest.

 

Witness the entire life cycle of these amazing insects.

 

 The spectacular flowering plants and foliage,

fascinating birds, waterfalls and stream all

contribute to make this a photographer’s paradise,

and a truly memorable experience for the entire

family.

 

Located a short 20-minute drive from Victoria, on

the beautiful Saanich Peninsula, Victoria Estate

Winery is a wonderful place to enjoy a perfectly

 balanced glass of wine with friends and family.

The Saanich Fall Fair, held every Labour Day

weekend features prize-winning produce and

livestock, farm and crafts displays, live entertainment

and a midway.

 

The annual Central Saanich Days celebration is

held at Centennial Park on BC Day Weekend,

the first weekend in August, sponsored by the

 Central Saanich Lions Club. Festivities include

pancake breakfasts, hay rides, face painting,

 children’s games, a petting Farm, a slowpitch

tournament … and lots more!

With an artificial reef slowly taking shape offshore

 from Brentwood Bay in the Saanich Inlet, there’s

plenty of diving action locally, including Tod Inlet,

 just south of Brentwood Bay.

 

Visit Coles Bay Regional Park, a quiet refuge on

Coles Bay in the Saanich Inlet.

The 4-hectare park has a rough, barnacle-covered

rock beach typical of the Saanich Peninsula’s

 west side.

 

A mixed wooded creek flows past towering western

 red cedar into a muddy beach rich in tidal lagoon

life, a great spot for bird watching and hiking.

The water in this deep fjord is always invigorating.

 

Bring along a pair of beach shoes to best enjoy the

environment.

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park protects a significant

part of the Gowlland Range, one of the last remaining

natural areas in Greater Victoria.

 

Also protected is a portion of the natural shoreline

 and uplands in Tod Inlet, which adjoins the

Saanich Inlet south of Brentwood Bay.

 

Old mining and logging roads in the park now

 provide over 25 miles (40 km) of hiking trails.

There are three access points to the park, which

 shares a common boundary with Mount Work

Regional Park.

 

For those hikers who enjoy easygoing trails coupled

 with access to Tod Inlet’s shoreline, take Wallace

 Drive from either of its two intersections with

Hwy 17A.

 

The trailhead at the north end of the park is located

 on the west side of Wallace Drive opposite

 Quarry Lake.

 

A second trailhead is located on Willis Point Road

 west of Wallace Drive and is shared with Mount

Work Regional Park.

 

Trails provide seaside access to McKenzie Bight and

climb to spectacular viewpoints and rocky

 outcroppings on Partridge Hills and Jocelyn Hill.

 

The southern entrance to the park is reached by

following Millstream Road north from Hwy 1 to

Caleb Pike Road, then a short distance west to the

trailhead.

 

From here trails lead to Holmes Peak, Mount

 Finlayson, and Jocelyn Hill.

Cheryl Young.REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C  http://www.cherylyoung.ca

cbythesea@shaw.ca

 

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