We are extremely lucky to have hundreds of parks in Victoria! But even with so many to choose from it can be hard to find a park that has play structures to suit all of your kids, along with the amenities you need too. We have been asked here at Victoria Moms Blog for our recommendations, so I’ve put together a list of the parks we personally love that you’re likely to see one of us at this summer (listed by area)!
Cook St Park – Cook St., near Dallas Rd.
I have fond memories of going to this park when I was growing up, but let me tell you – this is NOT the park from my childhood! This park was improved and completely rebuilt in 2013 based on input from nearby residents and is now literally award winning! That’s right – it was awarded the ‘Success by 6’ award.
There are two main play structures – one geared towards toddlers, and the other suitable for older kids. You won’t wait in line for swings here – there are several, including adaptive ones for different ages, and two accessible swings. There is a fun 25 m long cable ride, and some natural play features like logs and sand (sand may not sound extremely exciting, but it’s beginning to be a rare find in parks these days!).
There are tons of picnic benches and a great grassy area, making this the perfect place for a picnic after picking up some food in nearby Cook St Village.
As if this wasn’t enough – there is also an outdoor fitness circuit! Durable, weatherproof, easy to use machines to work on shaping up while getting some fresh air.
Cadboro-Gyro Park – end of Sinclair Rd.
Anyone who grew up in Victoria remembers climbing on the pink octopus! This park still has the same bones as it did back in the 1980’s but has been recently renovated to make it safer, and to add more cool beach-themed play structures. There is now a zip line too! Kids of all ages have an absolute blast at this park!
Located right on a sandy beach, this park has a large grassy area for kicking a ball around or just lounging. Clean washrooms and a water bottle filling station are also available next to the large parking lot.
Gorge – Tillicum at Gorge Rd.
Gorge Park has washrooms, nature trails, beaches, a Japanese Garden, a water walkway, and TWO parks!
The first park is located near the swimming beach, off Tillicum Road. This playground is not super fancy – but it’s still fun! Geared a bit more toward smaller kids, it tends to be less crowded than the other one, and quieter because it’s not close to the road. Bring some proper duck feed (not bread!) and feed the ducks that often hang out on the beach.
At the park around the corner, off Gorge Road West, you’ll find more updated play structures, for most ages, – and a ton of toys and trucks left in the sand to play with.
Quimper – 2125 Quimper St.
You likely would never find this park unless you knew about it. Located on a quiet street just beyond the Chinese Cemetery, this place really is a hidden gem!
This park not only has a few climbing structures, but TONS of toys, especially for younger children. Play kitchens, cars toddlers can ‘drive’ with their feet, hula hoops, and a whole lot more! And there’s always new toys whenever we go so that creates extra excitement.
There is a large grassy area, washrooms, and it’s just a short walk down to a quiet beach. There is plenty of easy street parking. And a favorite part for Moms – a little library right in the park!
Browning Gyro Park – Shelbourne St., near McRae
Not to be confused with Cadboro Gyro Park, I’m sure you have driven by Browning Gyro Park, but probably never been.
Since it’s located right on Shelbourne this park can be a bit noisy, but don’t let that stop you! Lots of cool climbing frames, double swings, and other awesome play structures – this park is great for all ages!
Park on one of the roads behind it and follow the Bowker Creek Greenway through to the play area. There is also a little library there which usually has a good selection of children’s books.
Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park has something for EVERYONE including beautiful gardens, walking trails throughout, lots of space for picnics, a putting green, fountains, a performance stage, a petting zoo, a playground and splash pad…and MORE.
There are two main structures in the playground – big kid and little kid, all on wood chips. There are also washrooms right next to the playground, and the Beacon Drive In, located just across Douglas, has been voted as having the best soft ice-cream year after year!
Westhills – top of Westhills pkwy
This park may be a bit hard to get to – but it’s worth it! Parking and washrooms are located at the bottom of a short trail which leads up to two unique, modern playgrounds. The one for toddlers has rubber padding to protect from falls, while the one for older kids has wood chips.
Beckwith – 857 Beckwith Ave
This is a great park with a good mix of climbing structures and slides for all ages, but the real draw of this park is the super fun WATERPARK, open from June until the beginning of September! The large spray area is big enough for everyone, big and small, to run around and have fun.
Cross the large grassy field to the woodsy area and find some beautiful short trails and ponds to walk around.
A large parking lot and washrooms are located right beside the play area.
Centennial – 7400 Block Wallace Dr.
The playground here is fun, and appropriate for most ages, but a big draw of this park is the fact that it is quite shady! The large, well maintained field is popular for ballgames, and there are some amazing wooded trails beside and behind it – try to spot the owls that often come out in the evening!
Tulista – 9565 5th St, Sidney
This park came up as a favorite several times when asking around, and most kids I know, of all ages, proclaim Tulista to be “the coolest park ever!”. It’s easy to see why – it has some really unique play structures available for every age.
The fenced in playground is located adjacent to the Lochside trail, and has paved walkways ideal for letting your little ones ride around on their bikes. Along with tons of seating, there is a covered picnic area – including a BBQ – perfect for community meals. Washrooms are on site, of course, as you’ll likely be spending a lot of time here.
Broom Hill Park – corner of Pyrite and Beaton Road
Or maybe better known as The Fishy Park because of the big orange fish incorporated into the structure!
There are two play structures, an older one and a newer area. The older area features a wooden structure that has various play options and one big slide. The newer area features 2 large structures with a total of 5 slides. There are swings for big kids, toddlers and one special needs swing. There are tons of play options in this area!
There is off street parking and a covered picnic area, a wooded area for exploring and a grassy area for running.
I could go on and on about great parks in Victoria – but I’ve got to stop somewhere or this would be a loooong post! I invite you to share your favourite local park and why you love it with us in the comment section to share with other moms! And of course try visiting our favourite parks this summer!
For more family-friendly fun this Spring 2017, head on over to our other post: Family Friendly Spring Events & Festivals Around Victoria