Mill Bay is located approximately 40 km (25 miles) north of Victoria
and 60 km (37 miles) south of Nanaimo
by the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 on southern Vancouver Island.
The central shopping area of Mill Bay is located at the Solarium
Road traffic light on Hwy 1. On the east side of the highway is
the Mill Bay Centre. You can find Thrifty Foods here plus a liquor
store, Catrina's Grill, Bru-Go's Coffee, library and some unique
specialty gift stores.
Side of Hwy 1
Then on the west side of Hwy 1 using Solarium Road, there is a Tim
Hortons, McDonalds, A & W and a Shell Gas Station.
Just across from the Mill Bay Centre is Brentwood College Field
Hockey Pitch. Brentwood College School is a prestigious private
school founded in 1923 and has been located at Mill Bay since 1961.
Mill Bay has a couple of waterfront parks that beachcombers can
explore. There is Old Mill Park, Boatswain Bank-Cherry Point and
Mill Bay Beach easily accessible along Mill Bay Road. Just remember
that during the summer, use lots of sunscreen as the beaches tend
to warm up.
Close by to Mill Bay south by about a 5-minute drive is Bamberton
Provincial Park. Noted in the area for its great salmon fishing
the park also contains a campground, beach and swimming area. The
swim facility is very kid-friendly and, during the summer, warms
Bay Nature Park
The Mill Bay Nature Park will give you lots of opportunity to view
and take photos of various seabirds along some easy oceanfront trails.
This beautiful park comes under the stewardship of the Cowichan
Valley Regional District. The Nature Park is around 7.5 acres set
in an inter-tidal zone along Mill Bay's waterfront.
For a scenic view of Mill Bay you will have to travel north on Hwy
1 to Shawnigan Lake Road. Turn here and look for the Old Baldy Mountain
hiking and mountain bike trails located just east of Shawnigan
Lake. Once on top, the panoramic view of the area is great.
Kerry Park Trails
For people who require an easier trail with fewer grades, try the
Kerry Park Trail system. Located just behind the Mill Bay Recreation
Centre on Mill Bill Road, these walking and jogging paths are well
laid out and quite user-friendly.
Bay - Brentwood Bay Ferry
If you would like to travel a relaxed, less-hurried route to Victoria,
take the BC Ferries at Mill Bay. This ferry ride takes you across
Saanich Inlet to Brentwood Bay in Central Saanich. If you happen
to be cycling this makes a good alternate route to avoid going over
the pass on the Malahat Drive.
When you do go to Brentwood Bay try and visit the Butchart Gardens
located off Wallace Drive on Benvenuto. The gardens are a must to
see especially during July and August on Saturday nights when the
Butchart Gardens puts on an incredible fireworks display. If you
have a boat, the fireworks happen in Todd Inlet, just a short cruise
across from Mill Bay.
For boaters there is a marina located in Mill Bay. The Mill Bay
Marina is well-established, friendly and has been a local servant
to many sea goers. The marina has gone through a major construction
project and has re-opened with a new facility featuring Bridgemans
& Chips or a Coffee
If you are travelling over the Malahat Drive and need a coffee or
like fish & chips stop at the Frayne Road Shopping Centre. The
Centre is located on Hwy 1 just south of Solarium Road at the Frayne
Road traffic lights. Located here are Fylnn's Fish 'n Chips as well
as the original Serious Coffee shop. Both are very good!
on Mill Bay