Dominion Brook Park – Sidney / North Saanich
Address: 8801 E Saanich Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 1H3
About: Dominion Brook Park is located in North Saanich on the Saanich Peninsula, close to the Victoria International Airport, on East Saanich Road, across the street from Panorama Recreation Centre. The park features green, expansive lawns, huge trees, gardens, ponds, streams, whimsical carvings, and views of Haro Strait and out to the gulf islands. The park was created by the Canadian Department of Agriculture in 1913 as a public demonstration arboretum and ornamental garden.
Parking: There is street parking available along East Saanich Road directly in front of the Park Access.
Special Notes: Audiences will have to walk down a short hill to reach the performance area. There are small areas of uneven ground due to tree roots and rocks.
Beaver Lake Park – Saanich
Address: Beaver Lake Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 6K2
About: The old Filter Beds area of Beaver Lake Park contains group picnic sites, and provides access to quiet woodland trails. Elk and Beaver Lakes were one of the original water sources of water for the City of Victoria. By 1882, as many as 1,200 buildings were getting water from this area via 13 kilometres of cast iron pipe (the pip was shipped from England!). The new water system opened in 1875. Victorians complained that small fish and tadpoles were coming out of their household taps, so in 1896 the city built vast sand-lined “filter beds” to purify the water. These filter beds are now under the parking lot at the south end of Beaver Lake, where Gruff will be performed!
Directions: From West Saanich Road turn east onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 1.2km to the Filter Beds parking lot. From Elk Lake Drive turn west onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 800m to the Filter Beds parking lot.
Parking: There is a gravel parking lot at the Filter Beds. Gruff will be performed on the field directly beside the parking lot.
Ed Macgregor Park – Sooke
Address: Sooke, BC V9Z 0V2
About: Ed MacGregor Park is a landscaped, public oceanfront green space located in the heart of downtown Sooke. Ed Macgregor, Sooke’s first Mayor, was a wholehearted supporter of this park. Waterfront woodland walking trails, access to a public pier and luxurious walled gardens are just some of the attributes this park has to offer. The park also features an events area, amphitheatre and displays artwork from resident artists. Gruff will be performed at the amphitheatre in the Ed MacGregor Park.
Directions: The park is located on in the 6700 block of West Coast Road (Sooke Road becomes West Coast Road past Otter Point Rd)
Government House – Victoria
Address: 1401 Rockland Ave, Victoria, BC V8S 1V9
About: Government House is the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. Gruff will be performed on the East Lawn at the Band Shell.
Directions: It’s a 20-minute walk or a five-minute drive from downtown. Free parking is available onsite. Buses on Victoria Regional Transit routes 11 and 14 stop on Fort Street at Joan Crescent, three blocks from Government House.
Parking: There is free parking located within the grounds of Government House.