All photos taken on May 21, 2022.
Not ready to let this beautiful day go just yet, we stopped into Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park for a look-see. Every time we have come to the island by ferry or air, we have passed this lake and wondered…What is it like? Surprisingly, not even Grampa who has lived in the area for 12 years had been here. So, Scorrrrre!
The Elk/Beaver Regional Park is a 1,072 acres (4.34 km2) park in Saanich, containing Elk Lake and Beaver Lake.
Elk/Beaver Lake was known as the “Freshwater Playground of Victoria” in its heyday, the 1930s and 1940s. However, with the completion of the Pat Bay highway in the 1950s, focus turned “green” and measures were taken to start restoring the park to its natural state and protecting it. In 1966 Elk/Beaver Lake became a regional park.
Given the size of the park, it would have been difficult to visit with Grampa, without the wheelchair that Patty had arranged for. B provided most of the muscle power required to roll down the paths.
Getting the lay of the land
Ladies and Gentlemen, in preparation for sudden, rapid descent, please place your tray tables in the upright and fully locked position and fasten your seatbelts.
Strawberry flower beginning to open
in a leafy green oasis
meanwhile, down by the lake, a game of splash and fetch was being played
wildflowers in abundance
Beaver Lake, harumph, I call this place Duck Lake
posing in the shade
new green leaves are coming
Beaver Lake reflecting the colours of spring
All manner of watercraft were out and about, this day
its all uphill from here
Time to return home now, after a very successful outing.