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All photos taken May 21, 2022.

From Michell’s it was a short drive through the hilly countryside to Island View Beach Regional Park. We had never been here before and neither had Grampa. While the paths were gravel, they were relatively flat and suitable for wheelchair access.

The 51-hectare (126 acre) park is located on Island View Road and open sunrise to sunset.
Island View offers an expansive beach along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula, great trails, excellent bird watching, panoramic seascape views of Haro Strait, James Island and Mount Baker, and a self-contained RV and tent campground.

Access trails from the beach and parking lot will take you to an inland trail that winds through the old salt marsh and backdunes.


We grabbed one of the last parking spots near the entrance to the park and got set up to stroll and wheel along the path past the views. From time to time, we would stop and face the ocean so we could take in the views.

A Great Blue Heron looks on

The beachfront was lined with yellow gorse flowers

Everywhere, families were busy enjoying this sunny Saturday

Pausing for the view

The vista was rimmed with spectacular cloud formations

pretty in pink wildflowers

sea birds diving on a school of fish

a green salamander scampers for cover

the views

pleasure craft

vintage warbirds

Rolling along

a hawk plays in the thermals

Nothing beats a day at the beach


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

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    1. It was a good place to spend a part of the long weekend. On this side of the island, the coastal scenery is very pretty, as the coast of Washington is less than 15 km away. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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