Sheer natural beauty is just the start of the appeal of of Beacon Hill Park, which sprawls across the southern edge of Victoria, British Columbia. It’s a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, with a petting zoo, splash parks, playgrounds, sports fields, seemingly endless footpaths, and one of the tallest totem poles in the world.
At 200 acres (75 hectares), this massive green space is an important part of the Victorian landscape, stretching almost from the Inner Harbour all the way to the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. It is full of places to play and explore, or just to sit and relax in the tranquil garden areas.
To maximize your time and orient yourself in the expansive park, a tour that includes a stop at Beacon Hill Park is the best way to visit. Many visitors love the charm of a horse-drawn carriage ride, or the pleasure of a bike tour or pedicab ride, all of which enable you see more of the area in less time than walking. City tours of Victoria generally make time to give visitors a chance to experience this lovely urban escape.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Beacon Hill Park is perfect for families with kids, gardening enthusiasts, and anyone who loves the outdoors.
- The park is generally accessible for wheelchair users, with paved pathways and accessible bathrooms.
- Pack swimsuits for the kids—if it’s hot they’ll want to splash in the water parks.
How to Get There
Just south of the Inner Harbour and near the Royal British Columbia Museum, Beacon Hill Park is an easy walk from downtown and the harbor attractions. Buses 2, 3, and 7 all stop near the park. If driving, park along the roadways in the park.
When to Get There
With Victoria’s mild climate, you can visit the park year-round. Peak season is in summer, when the flowers are in bloom and all the attractions are open. In the cooler months the water features are closed and the blooms are dormant, although a winter walk or ride through the park is still enjoyable.
Sightseeing in Beacon Hill Park
A frolic in the park is always nice, but its sightseeing attractions are what make Beacon Hill Park outstanding. Most popular sights include the 126-foot (38-meter) totem pole that is a tribute to the indigenous people of Victoria, the Mile 0 marker of the Trans-Canada Highway, and the touching monument to young Canadian hero Terry Fox.