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Gowland Tod Provincial Park, Victoria B.C.

Gowlland Todd Provincial ParkThe Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is situated on the uplands east shore of Saanich inlet of Vancouver Island. This Gowlland Park is situated at such a location that it provides protection to many natural areas like Gowlland Range in Greater Victoria, part of uplands and shoreline (which are located adjacent to Brentwood Bay, near Butchart Gardens, in Saanich Inlet) in Tod Inlet; which are considered as last existing natural areas.

You can witness the presence of First Nations people at Tod Inlet. This place is also called as Blue Grouse. These First Nations people use number of sites within the park for performing spiritual activities, ceremonies and even medicinal purposes. The presents the dry coastal Douglas-fir habitats those are considered rare in present day. Some of the habitats in the park include wildflowers and old-growth forest.

In 1994, Commonwealth Games were hosted by the Victoria. This proved to be a foundation stone for creation of Commonwealth Nature Legacy as Provincial government, local government and some private companies made a combined venture. The main motto of the joint venture was to ensure optimum protection of the left over natural spaces in an around Victoria city, which has reputation of ever-expanding. The present day Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is outcome of this joint venture and urge for the protection of natural spaces.

The Tod Inlet is well known for its recreational opportunities, marine access to the park, natural beauty, considered to be the secluded and safest overnight anchorage and ecological significance. MacKenzie Bight and Saanich Inlet (south down) provides day anchorage facilities and also provides shore access to the trail system of the park. These MacKenzie Bight and Saanich Inlet also provide access to the adjoining Mount Work Regional Park.

The Gowlland Range is known for its richness of bio-diversity. You can see over 100 bird species in these ranges. There are open forest, sea shore and rocky outcrops in the Gowlland Range. You can find Black-tailed Deer, cougar and even Black Bear in the ranges. You can experience the natural beauty of wildflowers on moss-covered knolls during early summer and spring.

Finlayson Arm water provides you an opportunity to enjoy the marine life like scuba diving. You can see marine species such as Lamp shells, wolf eel, Rover Otter, cloud sponges, Killer Whales and seals in the waters of Finlayson Arm.

The park is spread over an area of 1200 hectares. It has extensive hiking trail network that will make you understand the mineral development and logging history of the area. The logging roads and old mining roads, measuring approximately 40 kilometers, are now used for hiking trails in present day. This hiking trail provides you magnificent opportunity for day trip of the park.

The park provides you with parking, shelter, viewpoints, picnic areas and toilet facilities. The Gowllland Tod Provincial Park is situated in Saanich, north of Victoria. The northern end of park takes you to the Wallace Drive. If you want to reach the southern end of the Gowlland Park you can follow Caleb Pike Road or Millstream Road.

Directions from our Victoria B&B accommodation:
From our Victoria B&B take Yates St south and right turn onto highway 17. Get off Loyal Oak Drive Exit, turn to W. Saanich Rd, than follow Willis PT. Rd .You will see
the sign of Mackezie Bight. The total distance from our Victoria Bed & Breakfast inn
is 35 minutes. This trail is very easy to discover and very pristine. It is best target
which is our Victoria B&B most recommend for our B&B guest to do a whole day hiking.

For more information, just give us a call or go to
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/gowlland.html