Gonzales Hill Regional Park is a true gem with breathtaking views!
Enjoy the views from this protected natural landscape in the heart of the city.
- Unparalleled views of Victoria, Juan de Fuca Strait, the Olympic mountains and the Sooke Hills
- Habitat for California quail, rare wildflowers and a stand of Garry oak trees
- Gonzales Observatory, a weather station for 75 years, now a heritage building
Trail Rating: Easy
Size: 1.80 hectares
Location: Denison Road in Victoria/Oak Bay
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Things to Do
This small park offers stunning ocean views from the highest point of land (66m) on the south coast of Vancouver Island, and rocky knolls from which to appreciate them. The sunset views over downtown Victoria and the distant Sooke Hills are particularly spectacular.
Come for a visit in the spring, when wildflowers bloom in the Garry oak meadows.
How to Get There
From Victoria, follow Fairfield Road, which turns into Beach Drive in Oak Bay Municipality. Turn right on Denison Road, which leads to the park entrance on the right. Allow approximately 10 minutes driving time from downtown Victoria.
Take BC Transit bus #7 to Fairfield Road at Foul Bay Road. The park is approximately a 1.5- kilometre walk from the bus stop. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.
Hi Linda, thanks for your post! I’m new to Victoria, and love very close to the observatory. I’m wondering if it’s possible to go inside and if you have any tips on how to do so ?
Hi Nick, Sadly the observatory is closed to the public. I believe they still do tours for schools but that’s about all. Here’s a link to their website so you can check it out for yourself: https://centreoftheuniverse.org/