Parkcrest Park

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Parkcrest Park is natural area along the east bank of Craigflower Creek in View Royal, B.C. At one end of the two tenth of a hectare area there is an asphalt walkway that merges with a one hundred meter long gravel trail meandering down to a site that provides a view Craigflower Creek; View Royal Park lies on the west side of the creek. This split-cedar fenced trail can also be accessed from Channery Place. The second trail is a fifty meter concrete sidewalk to the creek side. The sidewalk is has chain-link fences on both sides. Garry oak, Douglas fir and some arbutus trees as well as snow berry, Oregan grape and salal bushes are seen here. Ferns and mosses are seen along the slopes of the ravine of Craigflower Creek. The Galloping Goose Trail, MacLennan Trail, View Royal Elementary School, Caton Place Park, Gull Road Green Space as well as Helmcken Centennial Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 41” W123° 26’ 2”

 

Parkcrest Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, exit onto Vickery Road. Turn left from Vickery Road to Viewcrest Drive and follow the road along the residential homes to Levista Place. The gravel trail can be access from Viewcrest Drive near home number 11 opposite the roadway to Levista Place. The second trail access is from between homes 23 and 25 on the end the Parkcrest Drive. There is limited roadside parking along Viewcrest Drive and Parkcrest Drive. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.

Caton Lane Park

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Caton Lane Park is a neighborhood park along the north side of Craigflower Creek in View Royal, B.C. The narrow L-shaped parkland is about one tenth of a hectare. There is a view to the east, toward Portage Inlet, and south across to the E&N railway trail from the creekside. The pathway to the park is between homes 59 and 57. The route is a tapered grass covered area with a few fruit trees as well as evergreens. This leads to a grass covered area with a few trees and shrubs that form the riparian area along the bank of the creek. This area borders on the back yard of several homes along Caton Lane. There is no indication where the parkland lies as many property owners maintain a tidy yard to the edge of the creek. The shore is a grass covered low bank that opens to the shallow mud flats at low tides. This small estuary is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Gull Place Green Space, Seabird Park and View Royal Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 26” W123° 25’ 59”

 

Caton Lane Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Exit off Hwy1 onto  Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Caton Lane and look for the park sign located between homes 59 and 57. There is limited roadside parking along Caton Lane. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Seabird Park

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Seabird Park is grass covered park of 0.14 hectares with rocky shoreline access to Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. Himalayan blackberries, an arbutus tree and a few other shrubs line the western perimeter of the park near the split cedar fence. Spruce and willow trees are along the property border to the north. Craigflower Creek meets the inlet here forming the curiously named ‘deadman’ section of the creek. There is a seventy five meter stroll to the bench at Seabird Point which looks southward across the water toward Shoreline Middle School. The beach is muddy and can be used to launch a paddle board, kayak or canoe. This small estuary is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park, White Pine Place Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Caton Lane Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 23” W123° 25’ 49”

 

Seabird Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along Midwood Road near Seabird Place. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Midwood Green Space

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Midwood Green Space is clover and grass covered area with beach access onto Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This is good place to watch a sunrise over the inlet. The muddy shoreline is a low bank that is landscaped from the roadway. This is also a pump station for the community. The area is decorated with spinners and a dog silhouette which would discourage water fowl from using the green space. A couple of benches at this view point make this a restful site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park, White Pine Place Green Space, Seabird Park, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 25” W123° 25’ 46”

 

Midwood Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Midwood Road. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Thomas Park

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Thomas Park is nature area along the shore of Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This waterfront park has a rough trail along the roadway easement though the poplar trees and shrubs to reach Portage Inlet. The two hundred and thirty-five meter long trail is along the salt water wetland section of the shore line from Thomas Park Drive to White Pine Road Green Space. There is no obvious pathway to the low grass and mud bank along the shore line of Portage Inlet. The neighbors, understandably, have erected temporary fences to limit access to the tidal area. The shore access looks like a private driveway and parking near the homes 182 and 148. This site is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. White Pine Road Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Midwood Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space, Seabird Place Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 25’ 47”

 

Thomas Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Werra Road or Thomas Park Drive. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

White Pine Road Green Space

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White Pine Road Green Space is a pedestrian pathway from White Pine Road to Helmcken Centennial Park in View Royal, B.C. This thirty meter long concrete pathway is between homes 156 and 160 and is bordered closely by a chain-link fence. This pathway provides access to the playground and three fenced ball diamonds as well as to a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park Drive, Seabird Park, Midwood Place Green Space Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 37” W123° 25’ 54”

 

White Pine Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road. Turn left onto Werra Road and follow the road as it curves and dips along the residential homes. Look for White Pine Road to the left. There is limited roadside parking along Werra Road near White Pine Road while White Pine Road has several signs that warn of removal of improperly parked vehicles. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Tidewater Road Green Space

 

Tidewater Road Green Space is natural area on Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. The green space is surrounded by a split cedar fence to protect the tidal wetlands and replanted native plants. Oceanspray, Oregon grape, salal, and snow berry bushes as well as ferns and trees are protected in this small area in a quiet residential neighborhood near Helmcken Park. Further along Kingham Place there is a large sequoia tree and a couple of undeveloped shoreline accesses to Portage Inlet. The relatively inaccessible road-right-of-ways at both Crane Place and Polly Place provide access to the shoreline of Portage Inlet.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 48” W123° 25’ 43”

 

Tidewater Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, exit east toward Helmcken Park and Kingham Place. Stay on Kingham Place as it curves around to circle the residential homes on a promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along Kingham Road near Tidewater Road Green Space.