|Vancouver Island Nature Viewing Region|
|Beacon Hill Park & Clover Point|
|Lotus Johnson photo||Danny Foster photo|
|Beacon Hill Park is a popular destination for residents of the Island and tourists. A water park and golf course exist here for families and children to play in, and a petting zoo draws many visitors to the area. During summer, the park is host to various live shows and concerts. It is considered to be a beautiful cross between a landscaped and natural park. Clover Point is a popular destination for birders and kite flyers.|
|Geographical Description||Located off the south coast of Victoria by the Strait of Juan de Fuca by Holland Park. The beach is mostly rocky with a lot of driftwood, while the park has a part landscaped and park natural area.|
|Area/ Trail Length||Area: 75 hectares (Beacon Hill Park), 4.2 hectares (Clover Point)|
Trail: Many walking trails and roads will take you through and around the park. A few trails with gradual elevation gain will take you to a viewpoint atop Beacon Hill overlooking the ocean. Although the hill isn’t a hard hike, there are roads for cars to drive up if needed. The Dallas Road Waterfront trail on along the shorelines will take you to Clover Point.
|Seasons to Visit||Visited year round, but best in spring and summer for birds and flowers.|
|Habitat||Most of Beacon Hill park has been landscaped, but some areas retain old habitats of temperate rainforests with Garry Oak, arbutus, Douglas-fir, and plants characteristic of the original habitat. Clover point is mostly a rocky, coastal shoreline with some grasses.|
|Viewing Highlights||Many different kinds of wildlife and birds frequent Beacon Hill Park. |
In regards to birds, common ones found here include Canada geese, Mallards, Common Mergansers, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbird, Glaucous-winged Gull, American and Eurasian Widgeon, and Spotted Towhee. Though not native to the area, peacocks live freely in the park as a result of an old zoo in the area.
Raccoons, river otters, and squirrels wander the park.
There is a Children’s Farm that acts as a petting zoo for families that includes sheep, pigs, roosters, donkeys, llamas, and goats.
Plants native to the area include Garry Oak, arbutus, Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, common camas, trillium, snowberry, Oregon grape, and Fawn Lilies. After landscaping, willow trees, a Giant sequoia, flowering cherries, and Eucalyptus trees all grow in the park.
From the top of Beacon Hill, there is a small view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At clover point there is a ground level, panoramic view of the Strait and the Olympic Mountains.
|Other Features||World’s fourth tallest totem pole erected in 1956. Pebble bridge built as tribute to Emily Carr. Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada highway south west of the park.|
|Main Access||Dallas Road Parking Lot: Located less than 10 minutes (2 km) from Downtown Victoria by driving Take the Trans-Canada Hwy southward and turn left onto Douglas St. Parking lot is on the right.|
|Secondary Accesses||Transit: Take the 2 bus towards James Bay and get off at Douglas at Avalon (SB). Or take the 3 bus towards Royal Jubliee and get of at May at Cook (EB). |
Beacon Hill Park is within walking distance from downtown.
|Cautions||Some of the wandering peacocks can get protective and attack when feeling they or their hens are threatened.|
|Jurisdiction||City of Victoria|
|Regulations||Dogs must be kept on leash at all times in Beacon Hill Park, and are not allowed in the Heronry by Good Acre Lake, the Children’s Petting Zoo, and the playgrounds. Dogs can go off leash at a small point along the Dallas Road Waterfront Trail by Clover Point, but must go back on leash when leaving Clover Point. Camping, open fires, and smoking are prohibited. Do not disturb any of the wildlife.|
|Facilities||Parking is available at multiple points in the park and by Clover Point. Washroom facilities exist at multiple points in both areas.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Walking, Cycling, Kiting|
|Other Connections||Holland Point Park is nearby.|
|History||The Songhees First Nations once occupied the land and cultivated it. They buried their dead at Beacon Hill leaving burial cairns visible to the public. When settlers established Fort Victoria in 1842, they landed at Clover Point.James Douglas named the area for the red clovers growing in the area. As a community was established, the appeal of Beacon Hill Park was prominent and led to James Douglas establishing it as a park in 1858. The entire area was landscaped over the years with new plants and artificial lakes; at one point, a zoo was established. There was much debate regarding the sustainable use of the parks trees and garbage disposal by Clover Point. Practices and policies were implemented and changed over the years to preserve the areas. In 2000, the city created a Master Plan for the park to help maintain and preserve it. In 2009 Beacon Hill Park was designated as a heritage site.|
|Beacon Hill Park History|
|Clover Point History|
|Transportation Management Plan|
|Links||Beacon Hill Park Map|
|Friends of Beacon Hill Park|
|Dog Leash Optional Map|
|Victoria Natural History Society|
|Nature Guide to the Victoria Region|
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