Victoria General Hospital Green Spaces

Victoria General Hospital labrynthVictoria General Hospital Garry oak knoll

The green spaces around Victoria General Hospital include a couple of garden and forested areas for the enjoyment of the staff, residents and visitors of the hospital. These outdoor areas offer a variety of walks in your backyard. A rough seventy meter footpath from the junction of Helmcken Road and Watkiss Way leads to the staff parking area. This sloped area is covered by grasses, blackberries and small shrubs although a willow tree and a few Garry oak trees can be found. Rabbits can often be seen hopping along the small creek, called Hospital Creek, seen below the helicopter landing platform and emergency entrance roadway from Watkiss Way. This grassland area has several shrubs and trees along the riparian area of the creek. A small landscaped garden and labyrinth are located near the parking area near the hospital’s north tower and west of the helicopter landing site. There are several benches in this sanctuary with views to the forest. Walking this classical labyrinth increases well-being by creating relaxation. Nestled right between the north and west towers of the hospital is a rocky knoll capped with several Garry oak trees. A concrete sidewalk, with several sets of stairs, traces the exterior of the building which partially enclose this rocky knoll. The pathway is about a hundred and twenty meters in length. A forested area, near the Hospital Way parking area is in Saanich. This forest is proposed as Watkiss Way Park and is described in the Saanich section of Walks in your Backyard. A rough trail runs through the Douglas fir and Garry oak forest in this proposed parkland and offers a wonderful respite from a visit to the hospital. The main entrance for the hospital, off Hospital Way, has landscaped garden beds with rhododendrons and a few low maintenance shrubs. Further along Hospital Way is the garden associated with the residential multiplex of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, known as Janeece Place. There is a perimeter walkway made of bricks that is lined with flower beds, small water feature and several benches. The building is on the southeastern edge of the property for the hospital. There is a fenced garden area, off the staff parking area, with play structures, a barbeque, trellis and shaded areas for families whom temporarily reside here. This area has limited access. Stoneridge Wetland Park, Game Road Park, Aldersmith Park, Eagle Ridge Elementary School Green Space, Conrad Street Green Space, Knockan Hill Park, Tawny Park and Welland Legacy Park are nearby as is Chancellor Park and Eagle Pacific Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 28 2” W123° 26’ 1”

 

You can get to Victoria General from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Exit using Helmcken Road (Exit#8) and then turn left onto Watkiss Way. The first left is to the emergency entrance and staff parking area while the main entrance can be accessed from Hospital Way, the next left off Watkiss Way. The parking area is monitored and requires payment. City buses travel to the hospital using Watkiss and Hospital Way.

Chancellor Park

Chancellor Park tree Chancellor Park swings

Chancellor Park is a neighborhood park in View Royal, B.C., with a playground, picnic table, and water fountain. The playground equipment is on a coarse sand base. The slide is a tall and stands next to the four swings, two for toddlers and two for children. A climbing tunnel is also fun to play on. There are benches along the pathway through the park. The Galloping Goose Trail passes along the north side of the parkland. This trail also forms a section of Trans Canada Trail.  There is access to the park from Cheltenham Street. The shrubs and trees in this approximately half a hectare parkland provide shade over some of the benches and grass covered areas. Hospital Creek lies on the western edge of the parkland. This creek flows into Portage Inlet and drains about a two hundred and forty hectare area. This park provides a welcome respite during a bike ride or after a visit to the hospital as the concrete wood-like fence provides a noise barrier from the traffic on the freeway. Conrad Street Green Space, Knockan Hill Park, Tawny Park and Welland Legacy Park are nearby as is the Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Eagle Pacific Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 53.3” W123° 25’ 39.3”

 

You can get to Chancellor Park from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) off Hwy1. Then turn right at the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue; that is away from the hospital seen to the left. The park is at the junction with Quincy Avenue where there is a small parking area. City buses travel along Helmcken Road toward the hospital.

Quincy Street Green Space

Quincy Street Green Space trail

Quincy Street Green Space has a unique rocky outcrop with a view of the residential neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. There are Garry oak trees and blackberry bushes in this green space which also has a rough pathway along the road right-of-way for Quincy Street. This green space provides a good access to a view point and some extraordinary outdoor art. Chancellor Park, Conard Street Green Space, Knockan Hill Park, Galloping Goose Trail and Victoria General Hospital Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 59” W123° 25’ 29”

 

Quincy Street Green Space can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to reach Burnside Avenue West. Turn right onto Burnside Avenue West. Take the first right onto Quincy Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West.

Trans Canada Trail – View Royal

TCT GGT tunnel under Helmcken Road from ped crossing over trailThe Galloping Goose Trail forms this section three kilometer section of the Trans Canada Trail.

The following is a repeat of the information seen on the blog for the Galloping Goose Trail – View Royal.

 

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a multi-use trail that connects Victoria to Sooke and is approximately fifty five kilometers long.  The three kilometer section that passes westward through the Town of View Royal parallels the Trans Canada Highway then diverges south toward the Old Island Highway. Despite the noise from vehicle traffic, this well traveled trail is frequented by hikers, walker and bicyclists. Himalayan blackberry bushes, Nootka rose shrubs, hawthorn and maple trees are seen in clusters along this rolling and curving section.

Access to the trail is from many sites in View Royal including through Welland Legacy Park, from the end of Eaton Avenue and along Camden Avenue. The TCT can also be accessed from Chancellor Avenue, near Victoria General Hospital, along Erskine Lane, Talcott Road and Atkins Avenue. A trail head for the GAlloping Goose Trail,  in View Royal, that has parking is near Atkins Avenue.

Welland Legacy Park, which is along the eastern border of the Town of View Royal, has a chain-link fence with a discrete gate that allows access to the trail. There is a composting toilet at this parkland. The views of Portage Inlet, to the south, are terrific from between Eaton Avenue and Camden Avenue. Chancellor Park, with water fountain, playground and small parking area, can be a good short term site for parking a vehicle and accessing the trail. After Chancellor Park, the GGT passes through a tunnel under Helmcken Road, from which a wide paved pathway branches up the slope toward the Victoria General Hospital. Once past Helmcken Road, the trail slopes downhill for a short stretch and is well shaded by alder, oak and maple trees. Craigflower Creek is at the bottom of the ravine on the south side of the trail. The vegetation along this section, which helps to muffle the traffic noise, is composed of black cotton, Douglas fir, red alder and trees. The trail then slopes upward slightly and continues across Talcott Road and then curves up to the junction of Watkiss Way and Burnside Road. There is a four way stop at Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. The trail continues on westward and has more blackberry bushes as well as Scotch broom and tall grasses. There are firs, oaks and willows as the creek is nearby. The trail continues down hill and lies just south of Watkiss Way before passing under the freeway overpass bridge and railway bridge to reach Atkins Avenue near Brydon Road. There are washrooms, a water fountain and information sign at Atkins Avenue.

Geographic location N48° 27’ 35.7” W123° 27’ 21” near Atkins Avenue

The Trans Canada Trail can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 10 for the Old Island Highway which heads toward Colwood. Continue under the freeway overpass and turn right onto Six Mile Road. Take the second right onto Atkins Avenue and continue to the end of the road. There is a parking area. City buses travel along the Old Island Highway. The trail passes several other roads in View Royal including Eaton Avenue, Camden Avenue, Chancellor Avenue, Erskine Lane,Talcott Road and Watkiss Way.

Galloping Goose Trail – View Royal

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a multi-use trail that connects Victoria to Sooke and Leechtown and is approximately fifty five kilometers long. The trail passes through Victoria and continues onto Sannich, View Royal, Colwood, Langford and further. The three kilometer section that passes westward through the Town of View Royal parallels the Trans Canada Highway then diverges south toward the Old Island Highway. Despite the noise from vehicle traffic, this well traveled trail is frequented by hikers, walker and bicyclists. Access to the trail is from many sites in View Royal including through Welland Legacy Park, from the end of Eaton Avenue and along Camden Avenue. The GGT can also be accessed from Chancellor Avenue, near Victoria General Hospital, along Erskine Lane, Talcott Road and Atkins Avenue. The trail head in View Royal with parking is near Atkins Avenue. Himalayan blackberry bushes, Nootka rose shrubs, hawthorn and maple trees are seen in clusters along this rolling and curving section. Welland Legacy Park, which is along the eastern border of the Town of View Royal, has a chain-link fence with a discrete gate that allows access to the trail. There is a composting toilet at this parkland. The views of Portage Inlet, to the south, are terrific from between Eaton Avenue and Camden Avenue. Chancellor Park, with water fountain and small parking area, can be a good short term site for parking a vehicle and accessing the trail. After Chancellor Park, the GGT passes through a tunnel under Helmcken Road, from which a wide paved pathway branches up the slope toward the Victoria General Hospital. Once past Helmcken Road, the trail slopes downhill for a short stretch and is well shaded by alder, oak and maple trees. Craigflower Creek is at the bottom of the ravine on the south side of the trail. The vegetation along this section, which helps to muffle the traffic noise, is composed of black cotton, Douglas fir, red alder and trees. The trail then slopes upward slightly and continues beside Talcott Road. There is a four way stop at Burnside Road. The trail continue on westward and has more blackberry bushes as well as Scotch broom, and tall grasses. There are firs, oaks and willows as the creek is nearby.just south of Watkiss Way before passing under the freeway overpass bridge and railway bridge to reach Atkins Avenue near Brydon Road. There are washrooms, a water fountain and information sign at Atkins Avenue

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 35.7” W123° 27’ 21” near Atkins Avenue

 

The Galloping Goose Trail can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 10 for the Old Island Highway which heads toward Colwood. Continue under the freeway overpass and turn right onto Six Mile Road. Take the second right onto Atkins Avenue and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along the Old Island Highway. The trail passes several other roads in View Royal including Eaton Avenue Camden Avenue, Chancellor Avenue, Talcott Road and Watkiss Way.

 

Trails BC and GGT websites as well as the 2004 Birder’s Guide: Lochside Regional and Galloping Goose Trail written by K. Taylor and published by Alabaster Publishing have further information about this section of the trail.

Conrad Street Green Space

Conard Street Green SpaceConard Street Green Space has a twenty meter footpath that connects Burnside Road West with Conard Street in the residential neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Himalayan blackberry bushes border the pathway which includes twelve step down the concrete staircase. Chancellor Park and Knockan Hill Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 28 4” W123° 25’ 27.3”

 

Conard Street Green Space can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to reach Camden Avenue. Turn right onto Camden Avenue. Take the first left onto Conard Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking.  City buses travel along Burnside Road West and Helmcken Road.

Tawny Park

Tawny  Park trees

Cedar and spruce trees provide ample shade over the grass areas and small clusters of snowberry bushes in Tawny Park. This small neighborhood nature park is along Stancil Lane in View Royal, B.C. The semi circular shaped park is bordered by Stancil Lane and Tawny Lane. There is a wood fence along its south side. Welland Legacy Park is at the eastern end of Stancil Lane and is worth a visit. The Galloping Goose Trail, Knockan Hill Park and Chancellor Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 55.9” W123° 25’ 20.6”

 

Tawny Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road. Take the second right onto Eaton Avenue and left onto Stancil Lane. The park is at 1257 Stancil Lane at the junction with Tawny Place. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road.