Beacon Hill Park
The name is derived from a small hill overlooking the Strait, upon which once stood a navigational beacon lighthouse. The hill is culturally significant, having been a burial site for the Coast Salish people, who are the original inhabitants of the Greater Victoria region. It provides scenic vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains of Washington.
Much of the park has been landscaped into gardens and playing fields, and populated with various structures. A great deal of the native flora has been preserved. Garry oak, arbutus, Douglas-fir, western redcedar, camas, trillium, snowberry, Oregon grape, and fawn lily still remain in the park. Raccoons, river otters, squirrels, and many types of birds are frequently to be seen. The ponds in the park are noted for their swans, turtles, ducks, Canada geese, and blue herons.
The park also includes the world’s fourth-tallest totem pole, a 38.8-metre (127 ft) work carved by Kwakwaka’wakw craftsman Mungo Martin, and erected in 1956.
In the World of Darkness, there are two totem poles. One of them has the head of the Wendigo carved within.