Beacon Hill Park

With over 200 acres of park land, Beacon Hill Park is the crowning jewel in Victoria's park system. There are natural areas, manicured flower beds, footpaths and many sports and play features for the whole family to enjoy.

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Park Features

  • 2 Playgrounds
  • Cameron Bandshell stage
  • 3 Washrooms
  • Water park
  • Golf putting green
  • Baseball diamond
  • Tennis courts
  • Cricket pitch
  • 2 Sports fields
  • Lawn bowling
  • Picnic shelter
  • Garry oak meadows
  • Footpaths
  • Flower beds
  • Rose garden
  • Story Pole, erected in 1956
  • Petting zoo

Park Snapshot

Beacon Hill Park has an abundance of natural features, including the native Garry Oak ecosystem with spectacular spring shows of blue flowering camas and native wildflowers, large grasslands and Douglas-fir woods. Meandering footpaths offer long strolls among manicured flower beds and features for the whole family to enjoy. Kite enthusiasts, paragliders and sailboarders can also take advantage of the open vista across the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Beacon Hill Park has an important status as Mile "0", the western terminus of the of the 8,000 kilometre Trans-Canada Highway.

First Nations Longhouse

The building at the top of Beacon Hill, known as Checkers Pavilion, will be taken down in November 2016. The site will be prepared for a First Nations longhouse to be built in the future.

For thousands of years Beacon Hill has been a place of cultural significance to the Lekwungen People. The City of Victoria has adopted 2017 as a Year of Reconciliation, and has committed a portion of the hilltop to the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations to build a traditional longhouse. The longhouse will be used for cultural and educational activities.  

Checkers Pavilion was a lookout and recreational building, but it has not been in use since the 1970s.

History

For thousands of years, Beacon Hill has been a place of historical, cultural and sacred significance to the Lekwungen People (now known as Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation). The Lekwungen People's activities of cultivating camas and other native plants for food helped to shape the landscape of this area.

Beacon Hill Park is considered to be 'archaeologically significant' because of this rich First Nations history. With the guidance and support of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, an existing ancient First Nations burial ground on the southeast slope of Beacon Hill Park has been identified as special place to re-bury First Nations remains.

Beacon Hill Park was formalized in 1882, when the Province of British Columbia granted 75 hectares to the City of Victoria to be held in trust. Beacon Hill Park defines the very essence of Victoria and was designated a municipal heritage site in 2009. Read more about the History of Beacon Hill Park.