Secret Beaches of Greater Victoria: View Royal to Sidney by Theo Dombrowski

By Theo Dombrowski

Secret shorelines of better Victoria is a complete overview of approximately a hundred seashores at the Saanich Peninsula and within the better Victoria quarter. whereas a few of these are good utilized by humans dwelling within reach, many are nearly most unlikely to discover with out combing via reputable maps and back-road courses. Even the doubtless recognized coastline from Oak Bay to Beacon Hill hides its personal tiny pocket seashores and vague coves.

Just as vital as discovering those spots is understanding what to anticipate. hence every one situation is observed via specific info that any seashore explorer may still understand earlier than taking off. Is the seashore a couple of point steps from a motor vehicle or down a excessive, steep financial institution? Is the seashore appropriate for kids? huge teams? Kayakers?

All of those questions and plenty of extra are replied during this ebook, including Theos hand-drawn maps, images and art.

  • Take a number of steps off a grassy quarter and input a global of miniature reefs and islets (Lansdowne street)
  • Watch boats navigating firm Channel from a hidden headland (Radcliffe Lane)
  • Relax on an expanse of gorgeous white sand (Gonzales seashore)
  • Explore a seashore the place you will find low-tide critters like anemones, starfish and crabs (Beaufort highway, Sidney)

Refresh your excitement within the shore and head out to picnic, play, release kayaks, watch wintry weather storms or simply benefit from the waves.

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Nothing ruins the pristine pleasures of a shiny pebble beach more than an ugly firepit with ashes smeared into the stones or adjoining logs scarred with burnt areas. In addition, rocks that have been overheated turn an ugly orange-brown, permanently blemishing the beach. Beachcombing Do you most like to use a public access spot as the beginning of an exploration of a piece of shoreline? Whether you enjoy poking through tidal pools or striding along with the wind in your hair, many of these access points will allow you considerable opportunity for uplifting waterfront walks.

The dozen or so access points north of Sidney provide wonderful island views, deep bays with marinas and bird sanctuaries and stretches of low-tide sand. Throughout the whole area, the character of the beaches varies enormously with the level of the tide. Check the descriptions of individual beaches and consult your tide tables if you want to find just the beach to launch a kayak, take a warm and pleasant swim, explore tidal pools or run with your children barefoot over sand. 1 Gowlland Tod—Mark Lane A long, forested walk to an isolated bluff and a tiny pebble beach Location, signs and parking The access point at the end of Mark Lane within Gowlland Tod Provincial Park may win the prize for the most isolated spot in this book, particularly since the next entry describes the only other shore access for several kilometres.

No one finds such abuse acceptable, neither waterfront owner nor visitor. However, the more people who visit the shorefront, the more beachgoers there will be to encourage its preservation. Everyone who loves our shores will doubtless find in the pleasures and peace of the “secret beach” the inspiration to act on behalf of these and all other areas of natural beauty. BEACHES IN THIS BOOK Only about two-thirds of the public access spots in the Greater Victoria area are fully described in this book, and there is little point in writing about the others.

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