Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
near Brentwood Bay the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a day hikers dream. It is more commonly known as Tod Inlet and offers a wide variety of trails. The main trailhead, which can be accessed off of Wallace drive, consists of a wide main trail with smaller capillary trails running off it. Many of these capillary trails offer scenic views of Tod Creek and even a few waterfalls. The trails eventually open up to Tod Inlet allowing a look at the secluded inlet. The trail features the remnants of the early settlements of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company, despite that some of the building and cars have been removed in recent years what’s left is still cool to see. For the more adventurous hiker the unmarked Partridge Hills trails are located across the creek allowing the chance for further exploration of the park on trails which are not maintained. The park connects to the Highlands, with day use entrances at McKenzie Bight and Caleb Pike. Tod Inlet offers a great little hike and is one of the most used day use trailheads on the Saanich Peninsula.
To get to the Wallace Drive entrance take the Pat Bay Highway like you’re going to the ferries. Take the Keating turnoff and follow it through Keating, it will take you allow to Mount. Newton and West Saanich road intersection (Butterfly Gardens will be on your left) Go straight through the intersection and continue until you get to Wallace Drive, turn left. (If you miss this turn you will end up at Butchart Gardens) The trailhead is on your right just across from the water reservoir. Park along the shoulder.
Photos & write-up:Clay Webb