Beacon Hill Park on Vancouver Island (Photos and Videos)

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC

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 beautiful days on Vancouver Island, and it merely gave us an overview. One cannot begin to see everything on this scenic island 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 before moving to the island.

On 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.

On the second full day on the island, we had taken a double-decked Grayline bus tour of the island, and Beacon Hill Park was among the many sites we got to see. The park was close to our hotel. 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 Beacon Hill Park in a more leisurely manner.

While on the bus tour, we learned that the Hudson Bay Company had donated some land for the park. A stipulation that there would never be any commercial development within the park was a part of the deal. Water is available, but true to the agreement, no vendors selling ice cream cones, soft drinks, trinkets, or anything else happens. Thus the park is pristine, and nature is the prime focus.

Beacon Hill Park

The average daily summer temperatures in Victoria are between 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It is similar to a Northern Mediterranean climate. We particularly loved it as it is sweltering and humid during typical 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. One can see views of Juan de Fuca Strait. The Olympic Mountains in the State of Washington rise above the water and offer an excellent and scenic if somewhat distant backdrop.

Much of the park landscaping has colorful displays of blooming plants and shrubs, but an even more significant part is in a more natural state.

There are lovely water views inside the park in addition to the shoreline. Goodacre, Fountain, and Arbour lakes add additional beauty as well as being a draw for many birds to those freshwater 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 seen are swans, turtles, Canada geese, and blue herons, among other avian wildlife.

This lovely park is perfect for meandering and slowly taking in the nature scenes, precisely what the three of us did. It has paved paths both along the shoreline and the interior of the park. The latter is where we chose to spend most of our time.

People can enjoy amenities such as sports fields, a petting zoo, a playground for children, including a wading pool, a putting green, and an outdoor bandshell. We did not get to take in a concert due to timing, but all during the spring, summer, and fall of the year, these are available to people coming to Beacon Hill Park.

More About The Park

One of the statues in the park sits on top of a monument dedicated to Robert Burns. Inscribed is the following:

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."

Lovely green trees of various types lent their beauty to the woodland spaces and punctuated the lawns and the perimeter of the lakes. Some of these tree specimens include the following: Geary Oaks, the only native trees to Victoria. There is also the noble Douglas fir, Western Red Cedar, Weeping Willow trees, and others.

Much of the native flora inside the park is in its natural state. There are the rose gardens and other mass plantings, but what we particularly loved about this vast and less populated park (compared to our experience at Butchart Gardens) was the peace and serenity. This park is one that whoever lives nearby would never tire of strolling through and discovering the nooks and crannies shared with squirrels, raccoons, cute chipmunks, and other critters. A change in seasons would be a delight to experience in Beacon Hill Park.

The First Nations Native Totem Pole was erected in 1956 and is the world's 4th largest totem pole. It is 128 feet high or 38.9 meters.

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. Few parks have everything this one has to offer with no commercialization of any type involved. We loved our time spent there!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I hope you make it there someday. I can attest to the beauty of Canada in this area. My husband once visited Toronto on a business trip, and he also said that he was impressed with the cleanliness and beauty.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 10, 2021:

I've never been to Canada or this island.

It sounds beautiful.

I love your pictures.

I have always been told that things are beautiful on the Canada side.

Maybe one day I can visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

Hi Eric,

This Vancouver Island park is a beauty. So glad you enjoyed looking at it via this article. Thanks for your comment.

Eric Caunca from Philippines on February 10, 2021:

It is great! It looks like a setting of a fairy tale.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

Hi Nyesha,

Thanks for reading this article about Beacon Hill Park. It is such a beautiful place to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

Hi Devika,

We were delighted to discover Beacon Hill Park. It is indeed a beautiful park. Thanks for your comment.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on February 10, 2021:

Hi Ms. Peggy,

Thanks for sharing the story about your vacation and the lovely photos. This looks like a great place to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

Hi MG,

You are lucky that you have been able to spend a fair amount of time on this island. Vancouver, on the mainland, and Vancouver Island are both beautiful places to visit. I have only spent 8 days there but loved every minute of it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 10, 2021:

Beacon Hill Park sounds a great destination. Photos are beautiful!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 09, 2021:

This an awesome post. I have spent a fair amount of time in Vancouver where many of my relations reside. One time MP Nelson Riis is my friend. It's a wonderful place and you have given a great description.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I am glad to know that you enjoyed reading this. We got to see quite a few totem poles in the Pacific Northwest region of the country. The tall one in Beacon Hill Park is amazing!

Bill on February 08, 2021:

The reporting on your many travels is amazing. I have always been fascinated by totem poles. Thanks for showing them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 19, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2012:

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.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 05, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2012:

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.

Sophie on July 05, 2012:

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

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on July 05, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2011:

Hi anndavis25,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2011:

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.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on October 10, 2011:

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)

vperry on October 10, 2011:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2011:

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!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 10, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

ss sneh from the Incredible India! on June 24, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2009:

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.

loveroflife on September 27, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2009:

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

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 05, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2009:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2009:

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!

shamelabboush on June 03, 2009:

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

Melody Lagrimas from Philippines on June 02, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2009:

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

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on June 02, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2009:

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!!!

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on June 02, 2009:


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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2009:

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?

Pete Maida on June 02, 2009:

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

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