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Top 10 Reasons For Loving Victoria - #3

posted on May 07

3. Beacon Hill Park.  The park occupies a huge green space in the middle of the city, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Within the park there’s an incredible diversity of flora and fauna; a children’s petting zoo, a water park, a cricket pitch, a children’s play area, duck ponds, flower gardens, ancient trees and, on top of Signal Hill an amazing view of the Olympic Mountains.

I particulary like it in the winter months, when it is relatively free of visitors. There is a  "mystical" feeling about it, when the trees are shrouded in fog and the sounds of the birds and other wildlife are muted.  In the summer the park is filled with flowers, and people, and it's a lively and vibrant place to be but sometimes it's nice to have a peaceful place where communing with nature is uninterrupted by others.

Beacon Hill Park is well-protected from development too and although there are times when I think the Friends of Beacon Hill Park are far too rigid in their stance against changes, I'm always thankful that they are there, keeping a watchful eye on things and allowing it to remain much as it was a hundred years ago or more.

The next time you visit Victoria, pay the park a visit and find how easy it is to escape from the hustle and bustle of the City.