Nursery Hill Park

Nursery Hill Park white fawn lily March 2014

Nursery Hill Park is on fifty-five meter high hill in View Royal, B.C. At about four and half hectares, this park has many Douglas fir trees with a few Garry oak, big leaf maple and arbutus trees on its slopes. The canopy keeps the Oregon grape and snow berry bushes fairly small. In a few areas broom plants grow well. A fine gravel trail meanders through the park around the small rocky outcrops that are covered with lichen, ferns and mosses. Spring time flowers, like the White fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum) are seen along the two hundred meters long trail. The park borders on the Via Rail track to the south and residential homes to the east and west. Despite the noise from the traffic on the Trans Canada Highway that borders the north side of the parkland and the signs that state the access route is a private roadway, this park is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Garry Oak Meadows Park, Jalan Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby. The park is part of Nursery Hill Trail Loop described by the Town of View Royal.

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Nursery Hill Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and look for the Atkins Road Green Space to park as there is limited parking along Nursery Hill Road or Six Mile Road. Nursery Hill Park is access along a rough trial from the corner where Nursery Hill Road curves to the left and from the cul-de-sac between homes 445 and 444. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.

Atkins Road Green Space

GGT TCT near Atkins Road trail head

Atkins Road Green Space is a small area useful for parking when the parking lot at Thetis Lake Regional Park is full. It is also a site to access the Galloping Goose Trail although the main trail head with water and washrooms is five hundred meters east along Atkins Road. It is even an excellent space to explore on its own. Immediately to the north of this green space is the Via Railway Track. A couple of tall pine trees, Himalayan blackberries and other small shrubs fill the area. Parson’s Bridge Park, Jalan Park, Parson’s Access Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, Burchill Park, Chilco Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby.

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Atkins Road Green Space can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and continue along the road just under the bridge overpass for the Galloping Goose Trail. Turn right onto Atkins Road and look for the green space to the left. There is no roadside parking along Six Mile Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway and Atkin Road (on the west side).

Burchill Park

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A landscaped park with a rough trail and a steep yet small ravine, Burchill Park is in View Royal, B.C. Part of the park lies parallel to the Galloping Goose Trail near the junction with Atkins Avenue and residential homes. The other part is formed by the slopes of the ravine that leads to Mill Stream. The footpath is one hundred and fifty-five meters long and is on a relatively flat grass covered area with a few arbutus and fir trees. There are plenty of blackberry bushes and other small shrubs along the slope of the ravine. This four thousand square meter park is best accessed from the junction of Parson’s Road and Atkin’s Road. Parson’s Bridge Park, Jalan Park, Parson’s Access Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 27” W123° 27’ 57”

Burchill Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next right onto Wilfert Road. This is not a through road and can also be access from Nob Hill Road. The park is on the right near the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking along Wilfert Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Jalan Park

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique hilltop areas with views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forest areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. Jalan Park is landscaped neighborhood park in View Royal, B.C. Located near the thirty two meter high summit of a granite outcrop, Jalan Park has a view to the south toward Price Bay, Cole Island and Esquimalt Harbour as well as views to the east toward Mt Douglas and Mt Tolmie in Saanich. At nearly one tenth of a hectare this small oasis has a fruit tree, several shrubs and a rocky terraced lawn area. It is good place to enjoy a refreshing view. The park is bordered by family homes and a residential complex each with their own distinct fence. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 29” W123° 27’ 36”

Jalan Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road and look for the Damon Drive to the right. Turn up the hill onto Damon Drive then turn right onto Jalan Place. The park is on the left side of Jalan Place. There is limited parking in this hilltop neighborhood. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Island Highway.

Parson’s Bridge Park

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Parson’s bridge is part of the Island Highway that crosses over the waters Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The bridge was built in the mid eighteen hundreds by the owner of the Six Mile Pub, which lies to the northwest. Bill Parson purchased the land which included a pub from John Fenton, a millwright, in eighteen-forty-eight. The Tudor- style pub and restaurant has photos of these early years and is a good place for a meal and drink. The parkland is a narrow strip along the north shore of Price Bay and has foot path with several wonderful view points over the estuary and Esquimalt Harbour. Price Bay provides habitat to numerous shorebirds as well as eagles, ospreys and swans. River otters and seals have also been seen. Parson’s Bridge Park is a unique place with a gazebo, several arbutus and fir trees along the rough gravel walkway. Benches are also found along the walkway. The Water’s Edge, A sixty-nine unit residential complex, borders the inland area of the park; it was built in the early nineteen eighties. The park can be reached by the concrete staircase along the northeast side of the bridge or from the staircase at the end of Dukrill Road. The trail is about eight hundred and fifty meters long and makes a pleasant outing in your backyard. Jalan Park, Dukrill Road Green Space, Burchill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park and the Galloping Goose – Trans Canada Trail – View Royal are all nearby.

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Parson’s Bridge Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Dukrill Road using the turning lane; this will be the second left turn. The green space is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. Short term parking may be available near the CRD offices. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Alternatively, continue along the Island Highway to Six Mile Road. Turn into the parking area for the pub and Buddy Road. Parking is available in Six-Mile Pub. Cross at the lights. From the north end of Parson’s Bridge the walkway extends between the Waters Edge residential development and the upper reaches of Esquimalt Harbor.

Dukrill Road Green Space

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Dukrill Road Green Space provides access to the waters of Esquimalt Harbour in View Royal, B.C. Enjoy the lovely view across Price Bay to the heritage site on Cole Island. This green space has a series of concrete staircases that lead to the sheltered Price Bay. The gravel access, at the corner of Dukrill Road and Buddy Road, has a tall arbutus tree to mark the route. From the ten meter ridge, the thirty-eight step set of staircases, with paired wood handrails, lead down to the shoreline. The main pathway leads southward along the shore and is bordered by a green chain and post fence. The trail follows the shoreline about twenty-five meters to connect with the pathway in Parson’s Bridge Park. There are a few rocky beach areas, suitable to bird watch yet most of the shoreline is very muddy as it is part of the tidal estuary of Mill Stream. A four step granite and concrete staircase leads to a small gravel beach, accessible at low tides. Price Bay provides habitat to numerous shorebirds as well as eagles, ospreys and swans. River otters and seals have also been seen. Price Road Green Space is nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 27” W123° 27’ 22″

Dukrill Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Dukrill Road using the turning lane; this will be the second left turn. The green space is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. Short term parking may be available near the CRD offices. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Price Road Green Space

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places although the view changes considerable depending on the tide. Price Bay is a shallow bay that forms a shallow estuary for Millstream Creek. The bay is part of Esquimalt Harbour. The pathway includes two sets of ten concrete staircases that lead from the roadside leads to the muddy beach. The route passes a pump station. It would be possible to launch a kayak, paddle board or personal water craft when the tide is high. A stroll along the beach about fifty meters to the left leads to Price Bay Park. Duckrill Road Green Space and Waters Edge Walkway are nearby.

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Price Road Green Space can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Price Road, the very first left turn. If you miss that one take the next left onto Duckrill Road and double back. The green space is at the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along the Island Highway.