Murray's Pond Park is a peaceful natural area nestled in the woods near the back of the Royal Bay neighbourhood in Colwood, not far from Royal Bay Secondary School. It's one part of the extensive park improvements being implemented as part of the Royal Bay development.
Murray's Pond is surrounded by a woodland ecosystem that is home to abundant wildlife and has a unique geological history. The pond itself is a glacial "kettle pond". Kettle ponds were formed when a chunk of a receding glacier broke off and settled in place. The sediment-rich ice block gradually deposited sand, clay, grit and rocks around and on top of it, solidifying. Years later, as the underground ice block melted, the sediment layer caved in to form a large depression that filled with groundwater, creating the pond.
Wander along the lovely trail that runs up from Latoria Boulevard above Royal Bay Secondary School with incredible views across the Salish Sea. The illuminated trail meanders down the hill to the pond and the new viewing platform, joining the Painter Trail at Ryder Hesjedal Way.
A viewing platform allows visitors to enjoy the sights, sounds and natural beauty of the area with minimal disruption to the setting and habitat.
This map shows the approximate location of the trail that runs between Latoria Boulevard and Murray's Pond in yellow, with the viewing platform near the park map point. The trail continues up to connect to the Painter Trail.
And here is a Google maps link to the precise location.
Murray's Pond Park - Google Maps