Francis/King Regional Park
This park is an ideal place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature.
- 11 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 walking 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
Hours: 8am – 9pm (April – Oct)
8am – 5pm (Oct – April)
Things to Do
Start at the Nature Centre. CRD Parks staff and volunteer naturalists
can answer your questions and point you in the right direction on the
trails. Pick up a brochure, and check out the seasonal displays that
focus on the plants and animals of the park.
See Nature Centre hours below.
Stroll the Elsie King Trail. The Elsie King Trail is a self-guiding 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.
Walk under towering trees on one of the several other trails in the park. 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.
Explore. If you're in the mood for a longer trek, follow the trails of Francis/King Regional Park to neighbouring Thetis Lake Regional Park.
Open Saturdays, Sundays, holiday Mondays, 12 - 4pm.
The Nature Centre is wheelchair accessible.
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 and the Elsie King Trail are wheelchair accessible. The nature centre is located near the main parking lot.
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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. Turn left on Munn Road, which leads to the park entrance on the right. Allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from Victoria.