Mayor leads Anderson Hill amble

Community walk explores Anderson Hill neighbourhood and both local and natural history

The tradition started by former mayor Christopher Causton celebrates a decade with a Saturday amble through Oak Bay.

“The purpose is to promote an active lifestyle and show people interesting and charming places to walk. The second purpose is learning a bit about Oak Bay’s history, both natural and human history,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen who leads the 10th annual Oak Bay Mayor’s Back Alley Walk.

“It’s an opportunity at the same time to meet your neighbours and new people.”

The walk starts at Anderson Hill Park with a wander and some history of that area, including McNeill Bay and Trial Island, then ventures down to Island Road with various points of interest and connecting streets in the neighbourhood.

“It’s a bout five kilometres, it’s a leisurely pace and it’s a lot of fun,” Jensen said. “I invite people, if they have historical anecdotes about an area or a house, … to share their stories.”

Meet up with fellow walkers at 1:30 p.m. at the entrance to Anderson Hill Park on Island Road. The walk starts at 2 p.m.