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Gowlland Tod
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is located in the District of Highlands, approximately 24 km (15 miles) north-west of Victoria on Vancouver Island.

West Coast Features
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is comprised of a number of west coast features, including rocky outcroppings, and stands of timber comprised mostly of Arbutus, Douglas fir, Garry oak and Western hemlock. The trail system that goes into the park meanders through the Gowlland Range, offering outstanding panoramic ocean views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Inlet, and Bamberton in the westerly background.

Park Entrance
You can access Gowlland Tod Provincial Park from a number of trail locations, including: Caleb Pike Road, near Tod Inlet, and at the end of Mark Lane at Willis Point.

Caleb Pike Road
To get to the main entrance off Caleb Pike Road, travel on Hwy 1 to Langford and take exit # 14; drive approximately 7 km (4.4 miles) on Millstream Road in the Highlands. There is a parking lot at the entrance to the park along with an information kiosk, picnic tables, a wheelchair-accessible trail, and pit-toilets. The trail system, which goes in a few directions, has a number of viewpoints of Finlayson Arm and the Malahat Range in the distance.

Tod Inlet
For gaining access to the Tod Inlet section of the park, travel north on West Saanich Road in Saanich, then turn left onto Wallace Drive and continue to the parking area at Quarry Lake right before Benvenuto Avenue (near the entrance to Butchart Gardens in Central Saanich). There is lots of room to park on Wallace Drive with signs pointing towards the trail entrance which takes you to the waterfront along Tod Inlet.

Vancouver Portland Cement Company
The wide trail which takes you to Tod Inlet is fairly level all the way to the waterfront. Once at the waterfront you can find some pit-toilets, picnic tables, a wharf for access to Tod Inlet and some old concrete remnants of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company. There is also a gentle walk that follows along side of Tod Creek and takes around 20 minutes to get to the same area.

Mark Lane
The entrance to the park off Mark Lane has very little parking available and is generally used by the locals who live in the area who can walk directly to the trailhead from their homes. It is not recommended for people who are driving RVs or large vehicles as there is no room to park or turn around. From here the trail meanders along the scenic waterfront to Mackenzie Bight.

Mackenzie Bight
To access the Mackenzie Bight section of the park, travel on West Saanich Road onto Wallace Drive, then turn onto Willis Point Road and travel approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) to Ross Durance Road, then go approximately 150 metres (500 feet) to the parking lot. The start of the trail is here along with an information kiosk and map of the park.

Viewpoints
There are other trails within Gowlland Tod Provincial Park that connect with each other, joining the north and south end of the park. One favorite is called the Timberman Trail which takes you to a couple of viewpoints where there are some impressive views of the Malahat Range, Saanich Inlet, and Squally Reach.

Mount Work Regional Park
From the parking lot of Mackenzie Bight there is also access for another park in the Capital Regional District called Mount Work Regional Park. Look for the trailhead signs at the information kiosk. This moderate-to-challenging trail takes you to the top of the 449 metre (1,473 feet) high Mount Work.

Cougars
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember there could be encounters with cougars, bears or wolves. There has been numerous sightings of cougars in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park so please play it safe and take the usual precautions.

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Caleb Pike Entrance
Caleb Pike Entrance

 

Saanich Inlet From Caleb Pike
Saanich Inlet From Caleb Pike

 

View towards Bamberton
Towards Bamberton

 

Malahat Range
Malahat Range

 

Various Waterfalls in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
Various Waterfalls in Park

 

Mackenzie Bight
Mackenzie Bight

 

Squally Reach
Squally Reach

 
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