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Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park is one of downtown Victoria's crown jewels. The 200 acres was officially established as a park in 1882, after being set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island. Beacon Hill Park was named after a pair of masts strategically placed on a hill to act as a beacon and navigational aid to mariners approaching Victoria's inner harbour.

The park is beautifully landscaped and manicured with bridges, lakes and ponds, and an alpine and rock garden. It is home to numerous species of ducks, birds and wildlife. A pair of Bald Eagles nests in one of the huge trees and regularly cause havoc for the large family of Great Blue Herons that also nest in a copse of Douglas-fir trees at the west end of the park. The park boasts wondrous displays of exotic and native trees, including Garry Oak, Arbutus, Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar, birch, willow and maples - to name just a few.

Amongst the pond lilies of Goodacre and Fountain Lakes, a variety of waterfowl go about their business, enjoying the bread that is fed to them from visitors to the park.

Peacocks roam freely through the park and a petting zoo gives kids the chance to experience the animals up close and personal. There is often a concert going on during the summer weekends.

Attractions in the park include the Beacon Hill Children's Farm, sports fields and playgrounds, a bandshell and what was once the world's tallest totem pole in the world, a 38.9 metre (128 foot) pole raised in 1956.
Type: Parks

Cost: Free

Hours: Daily: 9am-5pm

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Website: Beacon Hill Park

Address: Douglas Street

City: Victoria

State: British Columbia

Zip code: V8V 3T2

Country: Canada

Phone: (250) 361-0600

GPS Lat: 48.41422

GPS Lon: -123.363816

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My Average Rating: 3.83
I am a visitor
Reviewed by: blitzfan
Review date: Jun-10-2010
After visiting the Butchart Gardens one might think that visiting just another park would be a waste of time. Not the case with this park. This park is not that large, but very well landscaped and the number of little ponds and canals is impressive for a city park. I really enjoyed the small ponds with the numerous turtles, ducks, and little fish. Really enjoyed watching a crane go after the fish. We walked from the Empress, through the park and down to the ocean. A very nice outing. 

My Average Rating: 4.22
I am a visitor
Reviewed by: n/a
Review date: May-27-2010
Lucky residents to have such a beautiful park! It is absolute serenity downtown. Landscaped beautifully, there are pond after pond of picturesque scenes. Really top notch for a free city park! 

My Average Rating: 3.74
I am a visitor
Reviewed by: sloshed
Review date: May-20-2010
A very nice city park! This is a birdwatchers paradise. We saw baby ducks and a beautiful blue heron. We also saw turtles and fish in the many ponds here. This is a great place to find some serenity without having to leave the city. 

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