Beacon Hill Park
Time to explore: 2+ hours
Time from downtown Victoria: 5 minutes
Beacon Hill Park is one of Victoria's largest and most famous parks. The Park is located close to downtown Victoria and features a heron habitat, a petting farm, a cricket pitch, children's playground and much more to explore. It borders on Cook Street has an entrance from beautiful Dallas Road and you can access it from downtown.
Being close to downtown, and with so much to do within the park means it is a very popular destination for locals and tourists alike. There are many areas for sport in the park including an all-weather sports field, a cricket pitch, baseball field, soccer field, tennis courts and lawn bowling green. The park has a rose garden, sundial garden and an alpine garden.
For the kiddies, there is Beacon Hill Children's Farm where you can see many farm animals including pigs, rabbits, miniature donkeys and you can go in the goat pen and interact with them. The Cameron Bandshell is busy all summer with concerts as well as a Children's Concert in the Park series on select days. It is a great place for a picnic and has playgrounds and a water park.
There are so many habitats and natural features that make this park lovely. Just off Douglas Street is Goodacre Lake where dozens of herons nest in the summer. Near the petting farm, one can find dozens of ducks and geese hanging out near the ponds. Close to the summit of Beacon Hill is a Garry Oak habitat, and the Camas Meadow plus a place called Mee-Qan, which in Lekwungen means warmed by the sun. There are over 100 species of birds reside in the park, along with many mammals as well.
The park is home to the "Mile 0" marker of the Trans Canada Highway. This marker has become a very popular destination for travellers to get a photo taken with it. A map of the park can be found here.