Healthy Naturalist

Morland Green Space

 

Morland Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is a narrow fifty meter long pathway that crosses the Galloping Goose Trail –Metchosin and connects the two sections of Morland Road. The pathway is used by equestrians, hikers, walking and bicyclists.

Geographical location             N48º 22’ 35” W123º 32’ 47”

Morland Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and continue to Rocky Point Road. Turn right onto Rocky Point Road and continue along to reach Kangaroo Road. Turn right onto Kangaroo Road and take the next right onto Morland Road. The trail is at the end of the road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Carlton Cosh Park

Carlton Cosh Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This ninety one hectare nature park was bestow on Metchosin in nineteen eighty five.  A small creek flows between the creek and Kangaroo Road. There is a large shaded area perfect for an outdoor picnic. Spellman and Blinkhorn parks are nearby.

Geographical location             N48º 24’ 27” W123º 32’ 24”

Carlton Cosh Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Sooke Road. Turn left onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Kangaroo Road. Turn right onto Kangaroo Road and then left onto Wallaby Drive Road. The park is near the junction of Wallaby Drive and Kangaroo Road and lies across from home 1543 Kangaroo Road. There is no road side parking along either road. City buses travel along Sooke Road.

Blinkhorn Park

Blinkhorn Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Blinkhorn Lake forms the center of this parkland while the Mount Blinkhorn lies to the east. Mount Blinkhorn is surrounded by private property thus is not available to the public. These features recognizes the English man Mr. Thomas Blinkhorn whom arrived in the eighteen fifties. He was appointed the chief magistrate and justice of the peace for the local area. Blinkhorn Lake is feed by drainage off the two hundred and fifty nine meter hill. In the mid-eighteen hundreds the lake was marked as a potential water reservoir for the Esquimalt-Victoria area. The nature developed property has maintained its Douglas fir and red cedar forest. There is a footpath around the lake that is about seven hundred meters long. A long partially submerged log forms a pier into the lake. The parkland is surrounded by private properties. Spellman and Carlton Cosh parks are nearby.

Geographical location             N48º 23’ 22” W123º 34’ 38”

 

Blinkhorn Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Sooke Road. Turn left onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Kangaroo Road. Turn right onto Kangaroo Road and then left onto Lindholm Road. The park near the junction of Spellman Place and Lindholm Road. Access to Spellman Park is across the road. There is limited road side parking along Lindholm Road. A small parking area is available off Kangaroo Road.  City buses travel along Sooke Road.

Spellman Park

 

Spellman Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This steep sloped nature park is a Douglas fir and cedar forested area amongst private properties. There are no formal trails into this parkland. Blinkhorn Park and Carlton Cosh Park are nearby.

Geographical location  N48º 23’ 47” W123º 23’ 46”

Spellman Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Sooke Road. Turn left onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Kangaroo Road. Turn right onto Kangaroo Road and then left onto Lindholm Road. The park is on the corner of Spellman Place and Lindholm Road. Access to Blinkhorn Park is across the Road. There is limited road side parking.  City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space – Metchosin

 

The Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space – Metchosin is in the Sooke Road neighborhood of Metchosin, B.C. This green space is a thirty meter wide right of way with a trail along the top of the one and half meter diameter pipe. The water pipe, which was forty four kilometers long, was disconnected in nineteen seventy and now makes for a fun yet precarious walk. Tread with care and caution. This two kilometer section of the Sooke Flowline lies within Metchosin is from Humpback Road near Sooke Road to the border with the District of Sooke. The water pipe was used to transport water from the Sooke Reservoir to help create the balancing Humpback Reservoir in nineteen fifteen. Sections of this green space are enclosed within the Greater Victoria Water Area and Sooke Hills Park Reserve. Much of the pipe line is moss covered and becoming part landscape of the Douglas fir and arbutus forest. This is an unusual place to explore in your backyard in Metchosin and can be accessed from along Sooke Road, near Glinz Lake Road and near Impala Road. A beautiful section to explore is from Glinz Lake Road to Impala Road a distance of about four kilometers. Three concrete trestles ford the ravines of small tributaries of Veitch Creek. There are several large Douglas fir trees, arbutus tree groves, moss meadows and viewpoints along this section. The section from Impala Road to Humpback Road is on the ridge parallel to Sooke Road. It passes south of Camas Hill, at 288meters, and close to many private properties. On both sections of the flowline, tread with care and caution. Private property surrounds most of the flowline. Camas Hill Park, Blinkhorn Lake Park and Carlton Cosh Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 24’ W123º 38’ 11” along Glinz Lake Road

Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space – Metchosin can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off the Hwy onto the Millstream –Veteran Memorial Parkway and continue to southward to Sooke Road. Follow Sooke Road to Glinz Lake Road, a rather narrow as it winds through to the YMCA-YWCA Camp Thunderbird on Glinz Lake.  Continue up along the steep Glinz Lake Road about two and a half kilometers. There is limited roadside parking near the gate for the Camp. The flowline is about sixty meter south of the gate. There is limited parking along Impala Road.

Historical perspectives about the water system for the Greater Victoria area are available online.

Pearson College Green Space

 

Pearson College Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is on the property of the Lester Bowles Pearson College of the Pacific. It is named after a fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada (1963 to 1968).  L.B. Pearson was recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in organizing the United Nations Emergency Force.  The college, established in nineteen seventy four from property of the Department of Defense, is a United World College and admits an International Baccalaureate degree.  The facilities are off-limits to the public yet the trails are shared. Student use the trails for cross country running as well as research purposes.

 

This area was selectively logged in the early nineteen hundreds and has some unique flora. Cedar tree stumps, mostly with an approximate 1 meter diameter, are seen along the trails. Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and western red cedar (Thuja plicata) trees are found in this forest grove that has many rocky outcrops. Salal and ferns are the primary forest floor plants while mosses cover nearly every possible surface. Several ephemeral streams flow through the parkland while Cripple Creek forms the western perimeter.

There are two main access points to the green space. The primary pathways can be accessed from Pearson College Drive. Additional pathways are found between kilometers twenty eight and thirty of the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin. There are a maze of footpaths in this green space. The primary footpath that starts near the second sign that along the road into Pearson College.  This path can form a circular route that follows the perimeter of the College’s property. The route parallels the Galloping Goose Trail and provides an option to continue to the outdoor exercise and rope practice area.  Cripple Creek forms the western perimeter of the property with the locally named Pipeline Trail. This rough path skirts creek and Pedder Bay back to the College parking area.

The campus borders on Pedder Bay and glimpses of the marina can be seen as you stroll along Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin from the Rocky Point Road site. The rough pathway into Pearson College is accessed from the Galloping Goose Trail near the 30 kilometer marker. This route lead down the slope to Cripple Creek and the Pipeline Trail.  A second trail to the green space is access from closer to the 29 kilometer maker of the GGT. This trail connects down the ravine of a small ephemeral creek and up the steep slope to the Barde Knockie or the Deep Woods Trail. A Metchosin Heritage sign marks the junction. The Deep Woods Trail was part of the original overland route from Victoria to Sooke used by early settlers. From the sign a turn to the left leads toward the Pearson College Drive while a turn to the right leads down toward Pedder Bay. Sandgate Green Space, Ron Weir Green Space, Matheson Lake Regional Park and the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin are nearby.

Geographical location             N48º 24’ 27” W123º 32’ 24”

Pearson College Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road continue along as the road changes names to become William Head Road. Follow along the road to the junction with Pearson College Drive. Turn right onto Pearson College Drive and continue to the small parking area of Pearson College is at the end of Pearson College Drive. This is private property with a limited space for hikers to park their vehicles. All buildings are off limits and for continued usage of the trails in this area require respect from all users.

Ron Weir Green Space

Ron Weir Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Mr. Wier grew up in the Metchosin area since his great grandparents arrived in the mid eight-teen hundreds on the third voyage from Britain of the barque rigged Norman Morison. This trail celebrates his passion for the historical and ecological values of this area and long heritage of care for livestock. This narrow green space has a four hundred meter long single track footpath that connects from William Head Road to Pearson College Drive. The gravel and woodchip pathway is marked by trail posts at both ends and borders along the fence line of homesteads in this waterfront community. Sandgate Green Space, Pearson College Green Space and the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 17” W123º 32’ 53”

Ron Weir Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along toward Pearson College to reach Sandgate Road. Turn left onto the road. Park near the junction with WHR. The trail is across the road and up the hill about 100 meters. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.