Blog Guest Post by Jodie Labelle
I am a parent with a dog living on the Saanich Peninsula. Often I am looking for the ideal place to walk my fur-child with my toddler in tow. It must be safe (away from traffic and somewhat enclosed), stroller-friendly (wide, smooth trails or paths), pet-friendly (responsible pet owners and bag dispensers/ garbage cans) and, of course, it must be beautiful.
Jonah, Bella and I found our favourite location this summer. We love to walk through the trails at Centennial Park in Central Saanich. The winding paths take you on a series of loops, meandering up and down valleys and alongside the fenced stream – while at the same time, never leaving you more than a brisk 15 minute walk back to you car in the lot. The changing colours of the season in the park right now are gorgeous, as yellow and orange leaves start to fall onto the brown embankments, while the warm sun shines through the cracks in the branches.
Some bonus features in this park include washrooms, tennis courts, sports fields, a children’s playground, covered picnic areas, a resident caretaker, a skate park, lawn bowling greens, and a lacrosse box.
Frequently we see riders on horseback in the park, who are always terrific about sharing the trails. I’m also impressed by the responsible dog owners who know to leash up as they go past. At times it can get busy, but there always seems to be room for everyone to enjoy the park.
The area of this park is quite small, but the winding design of the multitude of paths leads to potential for an afternoon of strolling all throughout it.
This safe, secure, stroller- and dog-friendly park is a wonderful spot to take the whole family out for a breath of fresh air on our Peninsula. In fact, we are very fortunate to have these dog parks all throughout the CRD. Anyone who has been to Vancouver with Fido knows that sometimes it’s an hour’s drive to find a safe (and legal!) place to let the furry legs fly. Thank you to the District of Central Saanich for maintaining such a lovely park.
Enjoy the park yourself, at the 7500 block of Wallace Drive
Check out our photos of Centennial Park here:
Jodie Labelle is a mommy blogger for the MyPeninsula.ca Events Calendar – It’s what’s happening on the Saanich Peninsula. - http://mypeninsula.ca/about