Healthy Naturalist

Bradene Green Space

Bradene Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space has a staircase to access the estuary of Bilston Creek. At low tides the large sandy beach of Parry Bay and Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is accessible. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park and Tower Point Regional Park are nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 8” W123º 30’ 34”

Bradene Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Olympic View Drive. Turn onto Olympic View Drive and park on the side of the road. The trail is between homes 10 and 15. There is limited road side parking along Bradene Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Blaney Green Space

Blaney Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This easement between the acreages in the Duke/Albert Head neighborhood leads to a glorious view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. Fences line both sides of the rough footpath. There is no access to the water from this site as the trail ends on an igneous cliff face. Witty’s Lagoon Park is nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 17” W123º 30’ 16”

Blaney Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Gilbert Drive. Turn right onto Gilbert Drive and park on the side of the road. The trail is across Duke Road and lies between homes 3841 and 3837. There is limited road side parking along Duke Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Graceland Park

Graceland Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  At four tenths of a hectare, this nature park is nestled in between two acreages in the Albert Head/Duke Point neighborhood. There is little to indicate that this park is a community area except for a small gravel parking area on the side of the turnabout at the end Graceland Drive. Cedar and fir trees compose most of the canopy trees with a few big leaf maple trees. The undergrown includes salal, broom and ferns. This can be a peaceful place to visit.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 38” W123º 28’ 57”

Graceland Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Chapel Heights Road. Follow Chapel Heights Road to Graceland Drive. Turn left onto Graceland Drive and park on the side of turnabout at the end of the road. The nature park is between homes 3824 and 3827. There is limited road side parking. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Graceland Green Space

 

Graceland Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The footpath from the end of Graceland Drive leads about one hundred meters to Gilbert Drive. The forest around this footpath has been mostly cleared of undergrowth. A few snow berry and ocean spray bushes can be seen as well as some salal bushes and ferns. The trees are mostly Douglas firs with cedar and big leaf maples.

 

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 38” W123º 28’ 57”

 

Graceland Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Chapel Heights Road. Follow Chapel Heights Road to Graceland Drive. Turn left onto Graceland Drive and park on the side of turnabout at the end of the road. The trail marker indicates the trailhead. There is limited road side parking near the trail head. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Branson Green Space

 

Branson Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This long and narrow green space has a rough trail on the steep slopes of the Albert Head/Duke Point neighborhood. It connects Branson Road with Duke Road. A trail marker is seen on both ends of the footpath. This rough dirt trail is about three hundred meters long with about a 25 meter slope change. This can be a great spot to explore the outdoors in the Victoria area since views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca can be seen through the forest. Cedar, fir and big leaf maple trees form the over story while the undergrowth includes ferns, blackberries and salal.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 36” W123º 30’ 21”

Branson Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Chapel Heights Road. Turn left onto Chapel Heights Road then right onto Branson Road. Continue to the end of the road but not onto the driveway. The trail is between 3861 and 3869. An archway lies over the trail between the two properties. There is a small marker to indicate the trail. There is limited road side parking near the trail head along Branson Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

 

Seaspray Park

Seaspray Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. At two tenths of a hectare, this nature park is nestled in between two acreages in the Albert Head/Duke Point neighborhood. There is little to indicate that this park is a community area except for a small gravel parking area on the side of the turnabout at the end Seapsray Drive. Cedar and fir trees compose most of the canopy trees with a few big leaf maple trees. The undergrowth includes salal, broom and ferns. This can be a peaceful place to visit.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 43” W123º 30’ 2”

Seaspray Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Chapel Heights Road. Turn left onto Chapel Heights Road then right onto Seaspray Road. Continue to the end of the street and look for the park between homes 384 and 389. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Latoria Creek Green Space

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Latoria Creek Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A community endeavor established a wooden pedestrian bridge across North Latoria Creek to connect Duke Road East with Lower Park Road. Shaded by large big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees, the pathway is about sixty meter long. English ivy and small shrubs for the understory in this ravine. A trail marking post is found at both end of the footpath. North Latoria Creek Park is to the north, across Metchosin Road while Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park is about three hundred meters downslope along Delgada Road.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 53” W123º 29’ 40”

Latoria Creek Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Farhill Road. Turn left onto Farhill Road then right onto Lower Park Road. Continue to the small turnabout of Lower Park Road before it curves to become Delgada Road. There is a small marker to indicate the trail. There is limited road side parking near the trail head along Park Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.