Burnside Road GS to Meadow Park Lane Meadow Park Lane Catalps tree 2

A gravel footpath along Burnside Road West from Meadow Park Lane to the school grounds provides a walkway for school children, parents and other pedestrians. This one hundred and eighty meter pathway connects along Meadow Park Lane to make a circular stroll that passes through Aldersmith Park and Eagle View Elementary School Green Space. The pathway is under the boughs of Douglas fir and Garry oak trees and is bordered by the roadway and narrow grasslands. There are also a couple of wildlife trees, perhaps used by woodpeckers and squirrels. A small grove of catalpa trees with long slender bean pods are found along Meadow Park Lane. Several parks and green spaces are nearby such as Watkiss Way Park and Stoneridge Wetland Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 28’ 5” W123° 26’ 37”

 

Burnside Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also known as Hwy1. Take the Helmcken Road exit to the Burnside Road West intersection and turn left onto Burnside Road West. Continue to Meadow Park Lane and turn left into the residential area. The foot path can be accessed from the corner of Meadow Park Land and Burnside Road West. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel to the hospital using Watkiss Way.

Eagle View Elementary School Green Space

Eagle View Elementary View Royal 3

Eagle View is a Victoria School District 61 elementary school in View Royal, B.C., with a wonderful playground and green space. There is limited access to the school grounds during school hours. There are trails and sidewalks onto this green space from Burnside Road West, Aldersmith Park and Talcott Road. These routes are frequented by school children and their parents before and after school. Many dog walkers and hikers stroll around the school grounds for a morning or evening walk. The maze of trails through the Douglas fir and Garry oak trees on the southwest side of the grounds were created by the school children. A small area is sectioned off with a split cedar fence. A grass covered sports field is marked with goals at either end. The asphalt around the back of the school building is marked for outdoor games such as four squares, hopscotch as well as quartered circle games like fox and hound. The playground has a wood chip base with an climbing structure that leads to platforms and a slide. The school grounds are surrounded by a chain-link fence and access gates. There are several parks that are nearby including Aldersmith Park, Watkiss Way Park and the Galloping Goose Trail.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 58” W123° 26’ 35”

 

Eagle View Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take the Helmcken Road exit (#8) off the freeway and turn north to reach the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue. Turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue along Watkiss Way to Talcott Road. Turn right onto the short section of the roadway that leads to school; the gate might be closed. There is limited roadside parking along Talcott Road or Burnside Road West. City buses travel along Watkiss Way.

Aldersmith Park

Aldersmith Park 6 Aldersmith Park 4Aldersmith Park is a neighborhood park that covers about three quarter of hectare in the Town of View Royal, B.C. Many tall Douglas fir and Garry oak trees provide shade for the park that has just over two hundred meters of gravel trails. These trails connect the grounds of Eagle View Elementary School with Stoneridge Drive and Meadow Park Lane. There is a well shaded grass covered area surrounded by residential property that is close to the school grounds. This park has a great space for a game of bocce or tossing a ball around and there is a picnic table on the corner of the field. A chain-link fence for the school forms the western border of Aldersmith Park. The school grounds can be accessed through a chain-link gate. The southeastern side of the park has a steep moss and fern covered rocky hill. There are several trees with thick shrubs in this natural area. A small bridge connects the grass covered area to the forested section of the park with leads to Meadow Park Lane. The pathway is bordered by a couple of benches and the trail that loops around a rocky knoll. The gravel trails in this forested area are a pleasant place to enjoy the oceanspray, ferns, salal and blackberries. Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Game Road Park, Eagle Pacific Park, Chancellor Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Stoneridge Wetland Park and the Eagle View Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 28’ 3” W123° 26’ 30”

 

Aldersmith Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) to the intersection of Burnside Road West and turn left. Continue along Burnside Road West past the Prospect Lake Road. Turn left onto Meadow Park Lane and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Watkiss Way.

Stoneridge Wetland Park

Stoneridge Wetland Park, View Royal

Stoneridge Wetland Park has a small open waterway surrounded by cattails, sedges and aquatic grasses with the riparian vegetation of ash, hardhack, Nootka rose and other shrubs. This wetland is filled by precipitation and storm drain run-off from the Stoneridge residential area. The run-off is treated with a simple filtration system before entering the marsh. The park provides nesting sites for mallard ducks, Canada geese, northern pintail, hooded merganser and bufflehead as well as cedar waxwings, blue heron, owls, ravens and woodpeckers. A split cedar rail borders the one hundred and eighty meter long gravel pathway along the southern side of the wetlands. The pathway connects the bus stop along Watkiss Way to both Stoneridge Drive and Place. There are a couple of benches along the pathway. Aldersmith Park, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Game Road Park, Eagle Pacific Park, Chancellor Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail and Eagle View Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 60” W123° 26’ 19”

 

Stoneridge Wetland Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) to the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue and turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue to Stoneridge Drive which turns right into the residential area. Stay right, again, onto Stoneridge Place. The park is at the end of the road where there is a small parking area. City buses travel to near this parkland along Watkiss Way.

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.