This park is an ideal place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature.

Features

  • Eleven kilometres of gentle woodland trails
  • Spring wildflower meadows
  • A nature centre and meeting room
  • The Elsie King Trail, a cedar boardwalk with access for people with disabilities
  • Trail connections to Thetis Lake Regional Park

Trail Rating: Accessible (Elsie King Trail) to Moderate (Centennial Trail)
Size: 107.33 hectares
Location: Munn Road in Saanich
Established: 1979
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Things to Do

Stroll the accessible Elsie King Trail

The Elsie King Trail is a self-guiding 800 metre loop interpretive trail that brings people with limited mobility and agility closer to nature. It's also perfect for family outings with young children. The Trail is named after a prominent leader in the Victoria Girl Guides and the wife of naturalist Freeman King. This forest loop includes interpretive signs, rest areas with benches and a shelter. There is an accessible toilet and water fountain. There is a boardwalk and smooth gravel surfaces. The boardwalk surfaces can be slippery when wet; please stay on wire meshed surface for your safety.

Dogs must be on leash on the Elsie King Trail.

Heritage Grove

Walk under towering trees to one of the several other trails in the park. The trails are narrow dirt pathways, uneven and steep in sections. Look down at the lush ferns and mosses, then up at the light breaking through the canopy far above. In the Heritage Grove, experience magnificent old-growth Douglas-fir trees. Approximately 500 years old, they are some of the tallest in the region.

If you're in the mood for a longer trek, follow the trails of Francis/King Regional Park to neighbouring Thetis Lake Regional Park.

Nature Centre

Regional Parks’ staff and volunteer naturalists can answer your questions and point you in the right direction on the trails at the nature centre. Pick up a brochure, and check out the interpretive displays on the park's natural and cultural history. The nature centre is located near the main parking lot.

Nature Centre Hours

Noon to 4pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays

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Amenities

Information Kiosk Nature Centre Parking Lot Picnic Area Accessible Picnic Area Toilet Accessible Toilet Wheelchair Access cycling

 

  • Accessible toilets
  • Information kiosk
  • Interpretive panels
  • Nature centre
  • Parking for 17 vehicles with 4 accessible parking stalls and room for full-size buses
  • Picnic area
  • Water fountain

How to Get There

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Helmcken Road exit. Turn left on Burnside Road West, then right on Prospect Lake Road. From Prospect Lake Road travel 300m and turn left on Munn Road, which leads to the park entrance on the right. Allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from Victoria.


Alerts & Notices

  • Upgrades to Elsie King Trail at Francis/King Regional Park weekdays to 4pm, Sep 18-Dec 31

    Expect temporary trail closures, including access to Shooting Star trail, as well as noise from equipment

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Please conserve our Parks

  • Stay on designated trails 
  • Dogs must be on leash on the Elsie King Trail
  • Keep your dog under control
  • Pick up your dog's droppings
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Smoking, motorized vehicles, camping, open fires and alcohol are prohibited

Dog Restrictions

From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

Dogs must be on leash on the Elsie King Trail.

Please be aware that some regional parks have specific regulations regarding dogs. Read more >>