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FRANCIS/KING REGIONAL PARK

This park is an ideal place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature.

Features

  • Eleven kilometres of gentle woodland trails
  • Spring wildflower meadows
  • A nature centre and meeting room
  • The Elsie King Trail, a cedar boardwalk with access for people with disabilities
  • Trail connections to Thetis Lake Regional Park

Trail Rating: Accessible (Elsie King Trail) to Moderate (Centennial Trail)
Size: 107.33 hectares
Location: Munn Road in Saanich
Established: 1979
Hours: 8am – 9pm (April – Oct); 8am – 5pm (Oct – April)

Find a copy of the park map HERE.

Things to Do

Stroll the accessible Elsie King Trail

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Francis King Park

The Elsie King Trail is a self-guiding 800 metre loop interpretive trail that brings people with limited mobility and agility closer to nature. It’s also perfect for family outings with young children. The Trail is named after a prominent leader in the Victoria Girl Guides and the wife of naturalist Freeman King. This forest loop includes interpretive signs, rest areas with benches and a shelter. There is an accessible toilet and water fountain. There is a boardwalk and smooth gravel surfaces. The boardwalk surfaces can be slippery when wet; please stay on wire meshed surface for your safety.

Dogs must be on leash on the Elsie King Trail.

Heritage Grove

Walk under towering trees to one of the several other trails in the park. The trails are narrow dirt pathways, uneven and steep in sections. Look down at the lush ferns and mosses, then up at the light breaking through the canopy far above. In the Heritage Grove, experience magnificent old-growth Douglas-fir trees. Approximately 500 years old, they are some of the tallest in the region.

If you’re in the mood for a longer trek, follow the trails of Francis/King Regional Park to neighbouring Thetis Lake Regional Park.

Nature Centre

Regional Parks’ staff and volunteer naturalists can answer your questions and point you in the right direction on the trails at the nature centre. Pick up a brochure, and check out the interpretive displays on the park’s natural and cultural history. The nature centre is located near the main parking lot.

Nature Centre Hours

Noon to 4pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays

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I've lived in Victoria over 30 years. I've travelled the world but I still believe that no other city beats Victoria for it's sheer beauty and variety of activities available year round. I sincerely want to help others explore and enjoy this great city - and hopefully make you want to come back again and again!

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