Hill Park is one of downtown Victoria's crown jewels. The 200
acres was officially established as a park in 1882, after being
set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island.
Beacon Hill Park was named after a pair of masts strategically
placed on a hill to act as a beacon and navigational aid to mariners
approaching Victoria's inner harbour.
The park is beautifully landscaped and manicured with bridges,
lakes and ponds, and an alpine and rock garden. It is home to
numerous species of ducks, birds and wildlife. A pair of Bald
Eagles nests in one of the huge trees and regularly cause havoc
for the large family of Great Blue Herons that also nest in a
copse of Douglas-fir trees at the west end of the park.
The park boasts wondrous displays of exotic and native trees,
including Garry Oak, Arbutus, Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar,
birch, willow and maples - to name just a few.
Amongst the pond lilies of Goodacre and Fountain Lakes, a variety
of waterfowl go about their business, enjoying the bread that
is fed to them from visitors to the park.
Horse-drawn carriages meander through the park and a putting
green offers golf enthusiasts a chance to try their putting skills.
And as you walk through the park, you'll want to pay particular
attention to the benches as each one has a different dedication
to someone loved and forever remembered.
roam freely through the park and a petting zoo gives kids the
chance to experience the animals up close and personal.
There is often a concert going on during the summer weekends
A delightful quiet envelops this sunny spot of Victoria, where
walking trails link with neighbourhood streets that lead down
into the busy hum of commercial activity.
Attractions in the park include the Beacon Hill Children's Farm,
sports fields and playgrounds, a bandshell and what was once the
world's tallest totem pole in the world, a 38.9 metre (128 foot)
pole raised in 1956.
If you're looking for a beautiful yet quiet place for a walk,
a summer's picnic, or you would like get in a bit of bird watching,
Beacon Hill Park is the perfect haven for you.