Beacon Hill Park

BEACON HILL PARK, 74 ha, VICTORIA's largest urban park, overlooks JUAN DE FUCA STRAIT and is named for the beacons that were once lit to warn ships about the dangerous shoals offshore. The area was a natural meadow, where local FIRST NATIONS harvested CAMAS, when Gov James DOUGLAS set it aside as a park reserve in 1858. The province transferred it to the city in 1882. Later in the decade the city laid out a formal civic park on a design by John BLAIR, a Scottish landscape architect, though much...

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