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Taylor Green Space

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Taylor Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located on the edge of Strait of Juan de Fuca, Taylor Beach is rock and cobble beach. It is between Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park and Devonian Regional Park. Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail and Madrill Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 59” W123º 31’ 57”

Taylor Green Space can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and 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 to Taylor Road. Turn left onto Taylor Road and continue down to the small parking area. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail

Mitchel Park with Seabluff Trail is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Long time Metchosin residents, Geoff and B.H. Mitchell donated the narrow strip of land to form Mitchell Park.  The park hosts a grass and dirt trail through an active grazing field and a grove of Douglas fir trees. There are three memorial plaques commemorating Mr. Mitchell, Ms. Sonja Young and Mr. Gord Reimer. Many of the bridle trails throughout Metchosin were established due to the efforts of the horsewoman Ms. Young. Metchosin Search and Rescue was founded by Mr. Reimer and his honoring bench is located a terrific view point among the Douglas fir trees in the parkland. The Seabluff Trail consists of a one hundred and one kilometer rectangular-shaped trail. The length of one perimeter lies along the ridge of the fifty meter high cliffs and provides fantastic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in the State of Washington.  The trail leads around an open field that is not part of the parkland so refrain from letting dogs roam freely. The southwestern section of the trail is through a Douglas fir grove with several roots exposed on the well-trodden rough path. The northwestern perimeter trail is through a lower lying terrain that can be sodden and marshy. Witty Lagoon Regional Park, Madrill Green Space and Metchosin Elementary Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 47” W123º 31’ 25”

Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and 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 to Wootton Road. Turn left onto Wootton Road where there is limited roadside parking near the end. There are two gates at this access point; one at the end of the road. The other gate is just to the right of the small turnabout. Alternative access is from the end of Parry Cross Road where there is limited roadside parking near the gated entrance. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

St Marys’ Green Space

The grounds of Saint Marys’ are two separate green spaces that host buildings of the third oldest Anglican congregation on Vancouver Island. Located in Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District, St Marys’ Church heritage site, at 4354, was created in the late eighteen seventies. It is used mainly for periodic events. The newer building and grounds border along Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park, about two kilometers to the east.

The heritage church green space, St Mary the virgin, has a welcoming garden among the final resting areas of the many of the earlier pioneering families of the Metchosin area. The grounds were donated for consecration by the first initiate Mr. John Witty. The garden has several unique trees and shrubs including a weeping Lawson cypress planted in about eighteen eighty eight. A coronation English oak was planted on the 25th of June in nineteen thirty-seven. In the springtime the burial grounds are covered with the flowers of the white lilies. The garden is maintained by volunteers. A second building hosts a preschool with a small playground shaded by the arbutus and Douglas fir grove.

The green space at 4125 Metchosin Road hosts the parish, St Mary the Incarnation, with a large paved parking area. These are surrounded by a grass covered area with a border of large Douglas fir trees to the south. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is beside this green space.

Geographical location N48º 23’ 18” W123º 31’ 34”

St Marys’ Green Space can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and 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. One church with its large parking area lies immediately beside the lagoon parking lot. The other church grounds is about two kilometers along Metchosin Road. There is limited roadside parking along Metchosin Road near the gated entrance. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Further information about the heritage sites can be found at websites for Old Cemeteries in BC, Heritage BC and the church.

Madrill Green Space

The Madrill family of My Chosen Café, Pizza, Sugar Shack and the Critter Corner provided the name for this connector trail. Madrill Green Space is in Metchosin, B.C., a coastal community in the Greater Victoria Regional Area. The green space is a two hundred and thirty meter connector trail from the cricket pitch near Happy Valley Road to along William Head Road. The trail is a rough grassy covered trail with a slight slope to William Head Road. The green space is bordered by cedar hedge trees and a wire and wooden fence along a grass field. This is a terrific place to stretch your legs after enjoying a snack or meal at My Chosen Café venues or after watching a cricket game, horse event or other community events hosted by the District of Metchosin. The Cricket Park, Bike Park, Metchosin Riding Ring and museum are nearby. Hillman Green Space, Sea Bluff Park and St Mary’s Green Space are also nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 0” W123º 31’ 56”

Madrill 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. Continue along Happy Valley Road and look for the school building on the left. There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

Metchosin Technology Green Space

 

The Metchosin Technology Green Space is in Metchosin, B.C. The green space has a chain-linked fences tennis court, a grass covered sports field and small playground that lies to the north of the main school buildings. This is a great spot to stretch your legs or your pets.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 48” W123º 32’ 0”

Metchosin Technology 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. Continue along Happy Valley Road and look for the school building on the left. There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

Metchosin Heritage School Green Space

The Metchosin Heritage School Green Space is in Metchosin, B.C. The green space hosts the original single room building that held its first students in eighteen seventy-two. This building was originally closer to the intersection of Happy Valley Road and Metchosin Road. It was moved to its present location on the corner of the school yard after residing behind its replacement for many year. The garden and fence were added over the past many years. While the building hosts collections of the school records and artifacts, the grounds hold several trees, shrubs and plantings to enjoy. Hillman Green Sspace, Happy Valley Green Space, Metchosin Bike Park, Metchosin Cricket Park and the riding green space are nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 49” W123º 32

Metchosin Heritage School 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 Continue along Happy Valley Road to reach school building on the left.  There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

Further information about the heritage of Metchosin School can be found at the Metchosin Museum website.

Metchosin Pavilion Green Space

The Metchosin Pavilion Green Space is in Metchosin, B.C. The green space has a small covered pavilion that is located on the municipal grounds. The pavilion is a terrific spot to view sporting events on the grass cricket field or take a break from walking in the Metchosin community area.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 43” W123º 32’ 8”

Metchosin Pavilion Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit onto the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway. 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. Continue along Happy Valley Road to reach the pavilion which lies behind firehall and municipal buildings on Happy Valley Road. There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.