City Center Park – Langford

 

City Center Park is in the Langford and Glen Lake areas of Langford, B.C. The park has seasonal spray-park as well as several active entertainment areas like mini golf, bowling, play zone, ice rink and arena areas. While not a nature park there are a few palm trees near the outdoor spray-park as well as some outdoor sculptures of ice skaters “Grandsons on Ice” sculpted by Armando Barbon. City Center Park includes the Goudy Park, Westhills Stadium and Arena as well as a small pond with a brick pathway. This pathway has outdoor gym that is available year around. Design a workout that includes the rowing apparatus, Tai Chi wheels, pullup bars, dip bars, multibars, angled benches and more. Toilets are available during business hours and special events at the park. This park is close to Leigh Beach Park, Langford Lake Park, Glen Lake Park, Ed Nixon Trail, Le Quesne Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space and several other green spaces.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’35”  W123°31’31”

 

City Center Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream to Jacklin Road and turn onto Jacklin Road to reach Langford Parkway. Continue along Langford Parkway and look for the large signs on the left for the City Center Park. Two turf sports fields lie to the immediate west of this entertainment area. There are ample parking areas near this park. City buses travel along Langford Parkway.

Westhills Park

Westhills Park is in Westhills neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park has a playground, benches and gazebo overlooking a partially fenced drainage pond. The playground has two sections designed with smaller children in mind. Young children can play on climbing areas that are lower. Both play areas have a rubber mat base. One playground has climbing apparatus that leads up to a couple of slides. There are monkey bars, small benches and a small climbing wall. A couple of swings designed for toddlers complete this area. The other play structure is a tall tower with two long curving slides that are enclosed. The tower can be reached by various climbing steps, walls, ladders and poles. A round swing seat, a plastic merry-go-round and a large rope structure complete the play area. There is limited shade in the park although several conifers and deciduous trees were re-planted. The walking trail continues to the far side of the pond where it connects with a boardwalk that has a covered section. Most of the pathway is asphalt although there are some gravel portions. A small grass covered area completes the parkland. The park is bordered by the West Shore Parkway and fences of neighborhood homes. A gravel five hundred meter walking trail follows the east side of the park. It leads around a wetlands area is near the park. There is a single privy near a small parking area to the northwest.  Irwin Park, Goudy Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’32”  W123°32″6′

 

Westhills Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream to Jacklin Road and turn onto Jacklin Road to reach Langford Parkway. Continue along Langford Parkway past City Center Park, Goudy Park and up the hill to the traffic circle. Exit the traffic circle onto Westshore Parkway or Langford Lake Road. There might be construction along the Westshore Parkway but the road leads to a parking area with room for about six vehicles.  There is limited roadside parking along Langford Lake Road. City buses travel along Langford Parkway and Jenkins Avenue.

Langford Lake Drive Trail

Langford Lake Drive Trail is in the Westhills neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This double wide asphalt pathway leads from Goudy Park along Langford Lake Drive to Langford Parkway. The trail connects with pathways toward the WestShore Parkway and Westhills Park as well as Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Trail, and Langford Lake Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’37”  W123°31’59’

 

Langford Lake Drive Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue along Goldstream Avenue to reach Jacklin Avenue. Turn south onto Jacklin Avenue and continue to Langford Parkway. Turn right onto Langford Parkway to reach Langford Lake Road. As you past the turf field of Goudy Park, look for the turn into Belmont Secondary School. The trail leads up the hill from here. Parking might be found in the school parking lot or near Goudy Park off Langford Parkway. City buses travel along Langford Park and Langford Lake Road.

Clearwater Green Space

Clearwater Green Space is in the Westhills neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The green space is a pedestrian walkway from Langford Parkway to Clearwater Place. The concrete pathway is about eighty meters long. The route is surrounded by private homes and has views of Langford Lake to the northwest. Clearwater Waterview Green Space is nearby. Other parks within walking distance are Langford Lake Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Goudy Park, City Center Park, Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park and Westhills Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’38”  W123°31’47”

 

Clearwater Waterview Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue along Goldstream Avenue to reach Jacklin Avenue. Turn south onto Jacklin Avenue and continue to Langford Parkway. Turn right onto Langford Parkway to reach Langford Lake Road, just past City Center and Goudy parks. Turn right onto Clearwater Place and look for the green space and pathway along the turnabout at the end of the road. City buses travel along Langford Park and Langford Lake Road.

Clearwater Waterview Green Space

Clearwater Waterview Green Space in the Westhills neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This pedestrian pathway connects Clearwater Place with Waterview Close. The concrete pathway has several sets of stairs over its one hundred meter length. The green space is surrounded by private homes and has views of Langford Lake to the northwest. Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park, Westhills Park, Goudy Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123°31’50”

 

Clearwater Waterview Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue along Goldstream Avenue to reach Jacklin Avenue. Turn south onto Jacklin Avenue and continue to Langford Parkway. Turn right onto Langford Parkway to reach Langford Lake Road, just past City Center and Goudy parks. Turn right onto Clearwater Place and look for the green space and pathway along the turnabout at the end of the road. City buses travel along Langford Park and Langford Lake Road.

Ed Nixon Trail – Langford Lake Park

The Ed Nixon Trail lies along the southern half of Langford Lake in Langford, B.C. This trail is within Langford Lake Park and is about two kilometers in lenght. The trail is extended by including pathways that parallel Goldstream Avenue and Leigh Road to create a four and half kilometer circle route. This footpath is wheelchair accessible over rough gravel with several portions as elevated boardwalks. The boardwalks are over wetland that help to protect marshlands found along the trail. The marsh lands include skunk cabbage, spirea, sedges, willows and several grasses. The trail is shaded by tall Douglas fir trees, as well as a few cottonwood and cedar trees. A stroll along the pathway allows connection to several other Langford Lake Parks: Lakeshore Place Park, Shelby Park, Flute Lane Park, Le Quesne Park and Leigh Beach Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’57”  W123°19

 

The Ed Nixon Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream Avenue to reach a large parking area. The Trans Canada Highway once exited onto Goldstream Avenue in this area (but is now closed).  The trail is to the southwest or left as your enter the parking area. This is a good staging area for larger groups using the pathway. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

Langford Lake Park

Langford Lake Park is in Langford, B.C. It is also known as Leigh Beach Park as it can be accessed near the end of Leigh Road. This large waterfront park has a walking trail, washrooms, playground, picnic tables, benches, fishing wharves and several sections with boardwalks. The park is hosts most of the four and half kilometer long Ed Nixon Trail which circles the lake. Black cottonwood, Douglas fir, arbutus and red alder trees are seen in this park.

Langford Lake, along with Glen Lake and Florence Lake, is a natural glacial kettle formed by glacial drift during the last ice age. Inflow to Langford Lake is primarily through storm water ponds and weir located at along the southeast shoreline. The original drainage of the lake was altered when the railway berm was constructed in the nineteen thirties. Langford Lake’s outflow is through a drainage ditch with a large culvert into Langford Creek and onto Goldstream River. These waters eventually reach Saanich Inlet and the Salish Sea. Monitoring of the sixty one hectares that form Langford Lake is a combined effort of the Langford Lake Area Protection Society and British Columbia’s Lake Stewardship and Monitoring Program. Since the installation of an aerator system, Langford Lake has become a user-friendly lake for water enthusiasts. Overseen by the City of Langford under guidelines from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment, the drainage system is set to maintain a constant water level during the summer. With an average depth of nine meters and maximum depth of sixteen meters, Langford Lake reaches its highest water level during rainy winter months. Langford Lake was once a source of domestic water supply but today its six kilometer shoreline is a source of recreation for lakeside property owners with six public access areas. Several public swimming areas may be found around Langford Lake as well as two other public beaches. Boaters, canoers and kayakers can use the boat launch found at the lake’s southeast end. To help maintain Langford Lake’s quiet and peaceful setting, outboard motors and personal water craft are not permitted. Three wheelchair accessible fishing floats are provided by the City of Langford. The lake is annually stocked with seven hundred and fifty rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) although the waters might contain native fish called peamouth minnows (Mylocheilus caurinus). Trout and other introduced fish such as small mouth bass, pumpkin seed sunfish and yellow perch are caught by local fishers.  Native fish, like M. caurinus, are rare since like many freshwater fish, these minnows are not capable of surviving in salt water to have swum to the island.  Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park, Westhills Park, Goudy Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123° 31’ 34”

 

Langford Lake Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue on Leigh Road as it curves past the lakefront homes to the west. The park is on the right near the rail way track.  There is a large gravel parking area and limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway.

 

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