Patricia Bay Park
Patricia Bay Park is a waterfront park, with open views of Patricia Bay and the Saanich Inlet, located on the west side of the Saanich Peninsula in the District of North Saanich. The park, which is at the south end of the Scoter Trail, contains an information kiosk, picnic tables and washrooms with wheelchair accessible paved trails that lead to a gently sloped beach. Patricia Bay, formerly Union Bay, was originally settled by the Tseycum First Nation, one of four Saanich groups in the area and part of the Northern Straits Coast Salish language group. The park is valued for its ties to transportation and the waterfront, and their pivotal role in the development of North Saanich. The site is also tied to the development of the Victoria International Airport and military aviation efforts during the Second World War. In 1937, the airport was developed as one of six Royal Canadian Air Force Station training facilities on Vancouver Island.
Character Defining Elements
- Ongoing public use for recreation;
- Open spatial qualities including grassed area that slopes down to the beach, and direct views to the west and of sunsets;
- Proximity to Victoria International Airport to the east and the seaplane terminal to the south;
- Waterfront access to Patricia Bay and beach, with paved trail with picnic tables and restrooms, and access to Scoter Trail.