Mouat Park: a favoured sanctuary

Words and Photos by Jaime Murdoch

On a sunny day, Ganges is a glorious place to be.  Since everybody and her sister seems to know that, the Island’s town centre can become congested and even a little chaotic at times. If you find yourself wanting a breather from the buzz of the Salt Spring Market, or you’d like to take a step back from any kind of shopping in town, you’re feeling drawn to nature and you don’t want to go far, then Mouat Park is the place to go.

1 thru 8, a guide from Art Spring to the entrance of the park.

1 thru 8, a guide from Art Spring to the entrance of the park.

Let’s have a look at the park, and enter it via the lower parking lot of Art Spring, where McPhillips trails off into the woods.  Have a look at the visual collage above. Make sure you cross two bridges and stop and check out Salt Spring’s first public Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Station before embarking on the path to the park.

Nature envelops, just moments out of town.

Nature envelops, just moments out of town.

Once you’re under the shade of the trees, you’ll feel the soft dirt path beneath your feet and the green that surrounds will draw you further along.

Sunlight finds its way in

Sunlight finds its way in

Most who venture on a journey to Mouat Park consider it relaxed and easy compared with Mt. Maxwell or Erskine. You can easily be satisfied with a 15-20 min exploration.  The park can serve as an alternate route to avoid cars and people and get you from one destination to another.

A sign to mark the way at the Rainbow Rd. entrance (across from the Pool)

A sign to mark the way at the Rainbow Rd. entrance (across from the Pool)

path feeding out to Rainbow Rd.

path feeding out to Rainbow Rd.

For instance, if you begin at ArtSpring and maintain the lower path, taking a turn towards Rainbow Rd., you’ll come out where the Swimming pool is. Go for a morning swim and take the park back into town to do some errands, or start in town and make your way through the park to cool off with some disc golf.

mini map to guide the way

mini map to guide the way

Like Stanley Park to Vancouver and Central Park to New York, Mouat Park will always be a favourite green space, near to the heart of Ganges.

 

It's incredible what you can find in the backyard of Ganges.

It’s incredible what you can find in the backyard.