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Beacon Hill Park in Victoria - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Updated on August 13, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC
Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC | Source

Vancouver Island Beauty!

Verdant and lush Beacon Hill Park is only two blocks from downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbor on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

My mother, niece and I spent three wonderful days on Vancouver Island and this merely gave us an overview.

One cannot begin to see everything this wonderful island has to offer in that limited amount of time. Suffice it to say, we would happily go back and enjoy exploring more of this part of the world.

We had already spent five glorious days in Vancouver and I have written a number of posts regarding our experiences there.

Lush greenery in Beacon Hill Park
Lush greenery in Beacon Hill Park | Source

Our first day on Vancouver Island after disembarking from our ship we toured Butchart Gardens.

It is world renowned and was engineered, built and designed to fit into an old depleted limestone quarry. We toured it for many hours as it sits on 55 acres of land and then went back to the gardens at night to see the entertainment culminating with a fireworks display that lit up the sky.

If you like ducks, you'll like seeing the many different kinds found in Beacon Hill Park

This second full day on the island, we had taken a double decked Grayline bus tour of the island and were introduced to Beacon Hill Park among many other sights.

The park was close to our hotel (the Royal Scot) which was our home away from home for our short stay on Vancouver Island. So after we had finished the tour, we decided to walk back to the park and spend more time there.

We liked what we had seen on the bus tour and wanted to see more of Beacon Hill Park in a more leisurely manner.

Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park | Source

Average daily summer temperatures in Victoria are between 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It is similar to a Northern Mediterranean climate. We particularly were loving it as it is very hot and humid during normal Houston, Texas summers from where we had come. So this respite from the heat was being relished by us.

We found out that Beacon Hill Park became a municipal park in Victoria in the year 1882. It consists of over 200 acres and is the largest park on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Unlike Butchart Gardens this garden overlooks the waterfront and one can see views of Juan de Fuca Strait.

In addition, the Olympic Mountains in the State of Washington rise above the water and offer a nice and scenic if somewhat distant backdrop.

Much of Beacon Hill Park is landscaped with colorful displays of blooming plants and shrubs, but an even larger part is kept in a more natural state.

Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park | Source

There are lovely water views inside the park in addition to the shoreline. This is due to Goodacre and Fountain and Arbour lakes which add additional beauty as well as being a draw for many birds to those fresh water aquatic areas. One can spot many ducks swimming about and waiting for some crumbs to be thrown their way from people in the park. Also to be seen are swans, turtles, Canada geese and blue herons among other avian wildlife.

This lovely park is meant for meandering and slowly taking in the nature scenes which is exactly what the three of us did.

It has paved paths both along the shoreline and also the interior of the park and the latter is where we chose to spend most of our time.

Amenities such as sports fields, a petting zoo, a playground for children including a wading pool, a putting green, and an outdoor bandshell are provided.

See the Children's Petting Zoo in This Video

We did not get to take in a concert due to timing, but apparently all during the spring, summer and fall of the year these can be enjoyed by people coming to Beacon Hill Park. We did see and photograph the bandshell where these festivities would take place.

Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park
Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park | Source

Some Cricket was being played on one of the sports fields and were told that one of the teams was from America.

Cricket being played in Beacon Hill Park
Cricket being played in Beacon Hill Park | Source

A horse drawn carriage was photographed taking people through the park. It is probably a very nice way to see more of the park without expending much energy.

Horse drawn carriage going through Beacon Hill Park
Horse drawn carriage going through Beacon Hill Park | Source

While on the bus tour we were informed that the Hudson Bay Company had donated some land for the park with the stipulation that there was never to be any commercial development within the confines of the Beacon Hill Park. Water is available but true to the agreement, no vendors selling ice cream cones, soft drinks, trinkets or anything else is to be seen.

Thus the park is pristine and nature is the prime focus.

More gorgeous scenery in Beacon Hill Park
More gorgeous scenery in Beacon Hill Park | Source

One of the statues in the park sits on top of a monument dedicated to Robert Burns. Here is what was inscribed:

"Burns

To the memory of Scotia's Immortal Bard, Born 1759.

Erected by His Admirers 1900

J. Mortimer"

Also inscribed was the following:

"The golden hours, on angel wings flew oer me and my dearie; for dear to me as light and life was my sweet highland Mary."

A statue of Scottish national poet Robert Burns in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
A statue of Scottish national poet Robert Burns in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Source

Lovely green trees of various types lent their beauty to the woodland spaces as well as punctuating the lawns and the perimeter of the lakes. Some of these tree specimens include the following:

  • Geary Oaks which are the only native trees to Victoria as we were informed on our tour
  • The noble Douglas fir trees
  • Western Red Cedar trees
  • Weeping willow trees and others.

Much of the native flora inside the park was preserved and kept in a natural state.

There are the rose gardens and other mass plantings, but what we particularly loved about this large and less populated park (compared to our experience at Butchart Gardens) was the peace and serenity that exists here.

This is a park that one who lived nearby would never tire of strolling through and discovering the nooks and crannies being shared with squirrels, raccoons, cute chipmunks and other critters.

A change in seasons would be a delight to experience in Beacon Hill Park.

Fountain and bridge in Beacon Hill Park
Fountain and bridge in Beacon Hill Park | Source

One thing of interest is the 4th largest totem pole in the world which is located here. It is the First Nations Native Totem Pole erected in 1956. It is 128 feet high or 38.9 meters.

The tallest totem poles of the world..Victoria BC Canada
The tallest totem poles of the world..Victoria BC Canada | Source

Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway also originates here.

Hopefully these many photographs will enable you to enjoy a bit of the verdant greenery and peaceful solitude that we felt while strolling through the portion of the park that we got to enjoy. It is a place to slow down and let the cares of a day wash from your shoulders.

Eastern Gray Squirrel in Beacon Hill Park
Eastern Gray Squirrel in Beacon Hill Park | Source

In my opinion there is nothing more peaceful than to walk through an uncrowded large and beautiful park like Beacon Hill with the wind blowing through the leaves of the trees, watching the ripples of the water in the lakes and enjoying the wildlife that obviously like calling this gorgeous park home.

The three of us wished that we had such an unspoiled and natural beauty of a park nearby in our own home territory.

Beacon Hill Park is well worth a visit if you plan a trip to Victoria located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Experience this verdant green space for yourself. Few parks have everything this one has to offer with no commercialization of any type involved.

We absolutely loved Beacon Hill Park!!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Beacon Hill Park is a beauty no matter how one sees it. It is so close to Victoria that I am sure it is much utilized by the locals as well as visitors to that fine place. Enjoy your carriage ride the next time you make it up that way. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, here's another attraction I missed on my last trip to Victoria. I'm going to make a note of that horse-drawn carriage. That looks like so much fun. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Glad to share the beauty of Beacon Hill Park located in Victoria, BC with you via HubPages. I'm sure I have missed reading a few of your hubs also along the way. I try and keep up! :) Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful place. Why do I miss this hub. I should visit this park one day. Thank you very much. Voted up :-)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sofs,

      One could spend an entire day in Beacon Hill Park and enjoy the various aspects of it. There is so much natural beauty there. Hope you get to see it for yourself someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      What a great place to live as a child! You probably spent a lot of time in Beacon Hill Park. I smiled to myself when I read your comment regarding the ducks and the mess they make. Yes...one must watch where one walks or wear old shoes. Ha! We loved the peace and serenity of the park. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Oh wow! looks amazing.. I wish I could visit this place just once :) Thanks for sharing..have a great day.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I enjoyed reading about your time spent at Victoria's lovely Beacon Hill Park. When I was younger, we lived in Victoria. One thing I was afraid of was falling into the duck pond there. It was so mucky-dirty from the ducks. But other than that, the park is pristine as you say in your hub. It truly is a peaceful place to visit.

      Voting this up, across and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi anndavis25,

      Happy to have you tag along on my journeys. :)) Thanks for commenting on this Beacon Hill Park hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vperry,

      I agree. Parks are so wonderful and just being out in nature is good for our souls. Thanks for your comment on this Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, Canada.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi AliciaC,

      Beacon Hill Park is a more natural setting and very relaxing as well as beautiful. Butchart Garden (as you know) was created out of a quarry and is more heavily planted...also beautiful in a different way. Both gardens/parks are worth seeing. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Beacon Hill Park is truly beautiful. Thanks for your visit. Yes, the summaries are helping as well as sharing older hubs with followers. Always look forward to see what you are writing. The autumn leaves must be beautiful up your way now.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Artfully presented. Peggy, I have always wanted to travel, but I haven't been anywhere. I have a friend who travels globally. So I get to live vicariously through the both of you. (imagined participation)

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      vperry 6 years ago

      Beautiful! What would we do without our parks? Great hub. Voted up.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for this lovely look at Beacon Hill Park. I've been to Butchart Gardens several times, and it's a beautiful place, but I've never made it to Beacon Hill Park. The next time that I visit Victoria I must make time to see this park!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      an interesting and beautiful looking place.I would guess that your summaries are getting visibility for this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ss sneh,

      Yes, Beacon Hill Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is just that...very green and beautiful. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      ss sneh 7 years ago from the Incredible India!

      Hi! Green...green...and green! Wonderful places full of vigor and life! -- Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      Victoria, British Columbia may be far from where you live, but hopefully this Internet view of Beacon Hill Park brought it a little closer to wherever you call home. Will be happy to keep sharing trip photos and explanations with you and others. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      Victoria -- so near to the US but so far from where I live. Thanks again for sharing your trips with us.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel, Very good way to describe this beautiful park!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It looks so beautiful and calm. Like a sanctuary from this mad mad world.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shamelabboush,  It certainly is a paradise!  Wish I was there right now also.  It felt like a sauna outside in Houston this morning on our walk.  Wouldn't have been that way in Beacon Hill Park!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Melody, Happy to share these trip photos with you and others. Makes me re-live the trips when I am creating these hubs which is also most enjoyable. Thanks!

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      What a great place! It really looks like paradise! I wish I am there...

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      Peggy, you are a wonderful tour guide. Thanks for sharing this lovely place.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad you enjoyed these Kiran. Photos are my favorite souvenirs.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      It looks so beautiful...thanks a lot for all those lovely pics :)

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mardi,

      No we did not get to see the other things you mentioned. I'll write one more hub about what else we got to see while on the island. If we ever head up that way again (which I would love to do) we'll make a point of spending more time in other areas. We only had the 3 days...

      Glad you approve of the job I did with the Beacon Hill Park. So much beauty up there!!!

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      Mardi 8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Peggy,

      You have done a wonderful job highlighting this park that really isn't well known out of Canada. Did you get a chance to go to Tofino and Ucluelet while you were on the Island? Great whale watching and incredible scenery there as well. It is beside the Pacific Rim National Park which is itself part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve known as Clayoquot Sound.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete, Wish this park was in our "neck of the woods!" You are correct........there is SO MUCH beauty in the world. No one person can possibly see it all, but it is nice to be able to see a glympse of it through other people's experiences. We can then add it to our wish list or cross it off the list. Either way...we have learned something. I have a few more hubs to do to hit my 30 in 30 days challenge! How about you?

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      There are still beautiful places in the world. I hope we always have them.