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We all need to go SLOW and smell the roses………….and what better way then to take a leisurely stroll down the many pathways wrapped around the bay, paddle your way around a sun dappled harbour, a SLOW hike up to the top of the Mt. Finlayson or just chillin’ on your own private balcony.

Goldstream Park, Victoria, BC

What words do I use to describe this magnificent park located just approx 17 kms from downtown Victoria?? I cannot describe this place and really do it justice.

We moved to the Island just eight months ago and we have spent nearly every other weekend exploring the park. Just when we think we have seen it all, we discover some hidden delight that keeps us coming back for more.

We climbed to the top of Mt Finlayson and stood breathless at the view that was nearly surreal, stood beneath the cool mist of Niagara Falls, (yes, there really are two falls, so don't mistake this one for the falls in Niagara, Ontario) climbed up to the railroad trestle for yet another spectacular view and stood in reverence of some of the biggest trees I have ever seen!! Giant black cottonwoods, 600-year-old Douglas Firs, red alder trees and Arbutus, the further up you climb. Goldstream Park lies amid the splendour of an old-growth temperate rain forest. Moss decorates every tree you see like tinsel. Awesome sight!!!

We watched winter (if you can call it Winter…so warm!) turn to spring with new life sprouting up all over the park. Skunk Cabbage with their unique scent that I happen to like, new, tender ferns uncurling to the sun and wild flowers galore.

Last fall we watched the salmon spawning in Goldstream and if you are lucky enough to be here in December through to February, don't miss one of the largest concentrations of Bald Eagles anywhere in Canada feasting on the spawned-out salmon!

There is even an old abandoned gold mine, which we have yet to explore. I can't wait!!!!

Places to enjoy at your slow leisure!

Butchart Gardens
Brentwood Bay
Victoria, BC
250-652-4422

Pacific Undersea Garden
900 Yates Street,
Victoria, BC,
250 382 5717

Victoria Butterfly Gardens
1461 Benvenuto Ave.
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1R3
(250) 652-3822

Goldstream Park
2930 Trans Canada Hwy
Victoria

Abkhazi Gardens
1964 Fairfield Road,
Victoria, BC,
V8S 1H4.
250-598-8096

Sidney Marine Safari
Salt Spring Marina
124 Upper Ganges Road,
Salt Spring, BC
1-888-656-9878

Golf Vancouver Island
1 888 465 3239


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