Uplands Park is located in Oak Bay, a municipality on southern Vancouver Island, located near Victoria, British Columbia. The main entrances into Uplands Park are located on Beach Drive, Dorset Road, and Midland Road. Uplands Park offers numerous walking trails. Bicycles are prohibited within the Park, but it is a lovely bike ride to Uplands Park. Bike racks are available at the Beach Drive and Dorset Road entrances, courtesy of the Oak Bay Rotary. Uplands Park is about 76 acres. [Wikipedia entry:]

[Oak Bay Parks website:

This undeveloped natural area (30.635 hectares) bounded by residences, suburban streets, and the ocean on its eastern boundary provides an excellent example of Garry Oak meadow and associated ecosystems. The park has one of the greatest concentrations of rare plant species in all of Canada.]

There are two parts to Uplands Park. Cattle Point is on the water side of Beach Drive and offers a beautiful shoreline. Uplands Park itself, is on the other side of Beach Drive, across from Cattle Point. The Beach Drive entrance is indicated by a sign that says “Uplands Park”. There is a small parking lot at the entrance to Cattle Point, beside a grassy area, where the Friends of Uplands Park hold their annual events: the Broom Bash (October) and the Uplands Park Celebration (late April or early May) when the Garry Oak Meadow spring flowers are in bloom.

Here is a link to see a Google map showing where Uplands Park is located: Two screen shots of this Google Map are inserted below. However, it is best to select the link and go directly to the Google map where you can zoom in and change the view to see either the street map view or the satellite view.

Here is a link to a Google Maps Map Maker image of Uplands Park,-123.296621&spn=0.01348,0.021329&z=16&vpid=1370139454257&t=h&lyrs=2&lyt=large_map&hyaw=160.9318437200414

Launch the CRD Regional Community Atlas Map Viewer at and view satellite imagery of Uplands Park at scales as detailed as 1:500.

Note from Kathleen Matthews, September 28-2015: This website/blog was created, on her own initiative, by Kathleen Matthews, Co-Founder of the Friends of Uplands Park. This website/blog was compiled and maintained, and edited/authored by Kathleen, during her time, as Co-Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park. Event posters were created by Margaret Lidkea, or partner organizations, and submitted to Kathleen for posting. Post event write-ups, were authored by Kathleen. Birding announcements were prepared by David Newell and submitted to Kathleen for posting. Most of the photos posted to this website/blog were taken by either Kathleen or Wayne Matthews, or otherwise attributed. The design and compilation of this website/blog is one of Kathleen’s personal volunteer contributions intended to honour and celebrate the work and accomplishments of all the volunteers involved with the Friends of Uplands Park and to share the knowledge and special nature of Uplands Park through photos and text. Kathleen stepped down as a Friends of Uplands Park Co-Chair, during the of Summer 2015, but will continue to curate this website/blog to ensure the history of the Friends of Uplands Park, and Uplands Park, during the period from 2009 through until September 2015, is available for the historical record. This website/blog, as a historical compilation, remains the responsibility of Kathleen Matthews. It is anticipated that a new Friends of Uplands Park website will continue to document and celebrate the activities of FOUP volunteers from October 2015 into the future. The forwarding link of the new FOUP website will be posted to this website/blog.

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