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.

Improved Physical Distancing in Beacon Hill Park

Starting May 16, Beacon Hill Park is being pedestrianized through the summer to increase opportunities for physical distancing while enjoying the park and staying active. 

Vehicle access is restricted to emergency and service vehicles only on Arbutus Way, Bridge Way and Chestnut Row.

Parking lots will remain open at Heywood Road, Circle Drive and Nursery Road, and street parking remains available along Douglas Street and Dallas Road. 

This means that people who need to drive can still park in Beacon Hill Park, and there will also be more space for everyone to enjoy the park.

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

Please note: We are making improvements to the main public washrooms in Beacon Hill Park to add a new, all gender, accessible washroom. During construction, visitors will have access to one male and one female washroom, as well as portable washrooms during busy periods. Improvements will be complete in fall 2020.

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

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.

Water Parks

There are two water parks in Beacon Hill, the giant watering can, which is near the park entrance off of Douglas Street and another  within the playground in the centre of the park.  In 2017 these water parks opened on Friday, June 16.  They are open from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily throughout the summer. Enjoy!