A hidden gem of a park that even most locals don’t know about is Macaulay Point Park in the community of Esquimalt (Esk-kwi-malt) which is only a short drive from downtown Victoria.
Indeed it’s so close that it’s about a 10 – 15 minute drive, a 1 hour walk or a shorte bike ride from downtown.
The park includes not only a breathtaking view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Peninsula beyond, but a great little beach and climbing wall at Fleming Beach and some neat old military ramparts to wander through.
This park is popular with dog-walkers, families and is also great for bird watching and even a romantic stroll. Fleming beach is a popular boat launch and has picnic facilities as well.