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5 sweet spots in and around Victoria to view the supermoon this Tuesday

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Strap on your cameras and haul the tripods, Victoria — we’re in for a Sturgeon supermoon!

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, a supermoon happens whenever a full moon occurs at the same time the moon hits its closest point of orbit with the Earth, known as a perigee.

It’s also said that because the moon’s orbit isn’t a perfect circle, supermoons can differ from month to month and year to year!

To prepare for the phenomenon on Tuesday, August 1st, we wanted to give you a variety of viewing options so you don’t have to waste any time looking at anything other than the sky.

A website dedicated to moon dates and times has said that the moon is set to rise in the south east at around 9:30 p.m. on August 1st and will set south west on August 2nd at 6:40 a.m.

Here are 5 places you can view the supermoon:

Highrock Park

Highrock Park is the highest point in Esquimalt and offers an easy, 1 kilometer loop as well as panoramic views of Juan de Fuca straight and the surrounding areas of Esquimalt.

It’s known to be a quieter area, so you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the night without the larger crowds.

Find a clearing with a spread of flat rock and get yourself set up for the evening!

Highrock Park
(Photo by Heather Albright / Highrock Park, All Trails)

Mount Tolmie

This accessible location can be accessed by hiking from the bottom or via road along Mayfair Drive!

There are several parking lots you can stop at on the way to the top as well if you’re wanting to test out different viewing points.

Take in the 360-degree view of Victoria from the top, admire the structure from World War 2, and get ready with your camera!

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PKOLS (Mount Douglas Park)

As the largest park in the Saanich area, you’re bound to stumble across plenty of natural beauty.

Not only are you able to see all of Victoria — including glimpses of downtown Victoria and the harbour, you’re also surrounded by lush, moss covered forest floors, established trees, and varieties of shrubs.

It’s a popular sunset spot for a reason! And now, you’ll get to enjoy the moon rise too!

You can choose to drive to the top or hike from the bottom (Irvine Trail) — note that this hike is considered moderate in difficulty and may be unsuitable for some as it gets steep at times.

Dallas Road

If you’re feeling more of a beachy vibe, any of the beach access along Dallas Road would suit you perfectly.

There are also multiple seating options along the upper trails where you still have a stunning view of the water and the sky.

There might even be some kite surfers on the water — entertainment while you wait for the sunset/moon rise!

(Photo by Nevada Alde)

Cattle Point

Located in Uplands Park, this incredible seaside destination in Oak Bay is known as a hot spot for stargazing and their scenic walkways.

Take your pick and sprawl on the beach or take a seat at one of the many picnic benches along the area.

Did we miss your favourite night-sky viewing point? Let us know in the comments!

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