Beautiful giant Beacon Hill Park is beautifully landscaped and detailed with bridges and ponds, fountains and gardens. It is home to numerous species of birds and wildlife. This park is crown jewel of both its natural and landscaped beauty, located just in the epicenter of Victoria but at the same time hidden from the business of the city and secluded within the beauty of its nature just across from the waterfront. The Park bounded by Trans-Canada Hwy, Dallas Street, Cook Street, Park Boulevard, Heywood Avenue and Southgate Street.
Attractions around the Beacon Hill Park
A few steps away from the Beacon Hill Park, passersby will find many destinations and attractions such as:
- Empress Hotel – where one can visit for an afternoon tea;
- BC Parliament Building – steeped in all its history and beautiful architecture is a must see;
- Inner Harbour – with blooming flowers, palms and trees alongside gorgeous boats and yachts makes the walk on the harbor an unforgettable experience.
- The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to the modern day with a full suite of shops to explore.
Attractions of the Beacon Hill Park
Looking for a beautiful and quiet place for a walk, a nice picnic time, or simply to enjoy a nature and watch birds singing? Then Beacon Hill Park is the perfect paradise for you.
This park provides recreation opportunities for all ages and tastes:
- sports fields, where you can play with your family or friends football or baseball games!
- tennis court is a perfect place to improve your tennis skills,
- miniature golfing – fun for kids and adults,
- cricket pitch for cricket lovers!
- lawn bowling for bowling lovers,
- playgrounds are perfect place for kids to get along with others and play together; there is sand and baby swings for little ones while bigger kids love the zip line and merry-go-round.
- water park, where watering can with sprinkle water all over you! What a fun for kids on a hot summer day!
- children’s’ farm brings the joy of a farm experience to kids and adults.
This is a perfect place to educate children and develop their respect for animals. The most popular and memorable experience is having to touch and play with the goats.
Children`s farm open daily 10 am to 5 pm and welcomes its visitors for donations.
Plenty of walking, 100% wheelchair accessible trails and benches are in the park, and picnic spots for the whole family. The park has walking passes link with neighborhood streets that lead down into the busy hub of commercial activity. And rose gardens with unforgettable smell, beautiful alpine and sundial gardens.
Natural topographies of the Beacon Hill Park, including the fragile, native Garry Oak bionetwork that provide spectacular flowering camas and innate wildflowers, Douglas-fir woods and a Black Cottonwood Semi-swamp.
Cutest park ever! Wildlife thrives indeed in Beacon Hill Park with hundreds of bird species, including nesting herons, along with a number of mammals such as river otters, raccoons and squirrels. Peacocks roam freely through the park and a petting zoo gives kids the chance to experience the animals up close and personal. Fish and painted turtles make their homes in the pounds of the Park.
To see the whole view of the massive Park, please check the map of the Bacon Hill Park.
Significance and History of the Beacon Hill Park
Named for the two beacons on Mount Beacon, the 200 acres park was formalized in 1882, when the Province of British Columbia granted 75 hectares to the City of Victoria, after being set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island.
Beacon Hill Park carries a significant status as it is the Mile “0” of the 8,000 kilometre Trans-Canada Highway, thus it became an attraction for tourists to take pictures at.
The park is also considered to be momentous due to the rich First Nations history in the area. An existing ancient burial ground in Beacon Hill Park has been identified as a potential special place to rebury First Nations human remains.
Travelling to the Beacon Hill Park
If you drive to the Beacon Hill Park, there are some free parking spots available at the Park itself as well as Cook Street, which provides 2 hours free parking Mon-Sat and no time limitation on Sunday. Check the map to locate the closet parking.
If you use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.