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Hans Helgeson Elementary School Green Space

 

Hans Helgeson Elementary School Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The three hectare area is part of the Sooke School District number 62 in B.C. Originally built in nineteen sixty nine its name commemorates Mr Hans Helgeson. He was a farmer pioneer and prospector in the Metchosin area as well as a member of parliament during the eighteen sixties. The school yard has a large grass covered field for outdoor sports and a playground area that available outside of school hours. The landscape of the school yard includes some evergreen trees while the school yard is bordered by a chainlink fence and homesteads. There is a small of second growth cedar and Douglas fir forest near the entrance to the school property. The Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin is nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 53” W123º 33’ 20”

Hans Helgeson Elementary 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 and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Look for the school signs along the roadway. The entrance maybe have a barrier outside of school hours. There is a small parking area on the left of the driveway into the school.

Methosin Wilderness Park

Metchosin Wilderness Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Also known are Metchosin Park, Clapham Park or Hundred Acre Park, Metchosin Wilderness Park occupies the forty hectares of Crown land on Section 25.   This park is composed of the second growth Douglas fir and cedar forest; it was selectively harvested in the early nineteen hundreds. The understory is composed of salal, fungi, skunk cabbage and sword ferns that border the numerous trails.  While some trails lead up to bluffs overlooking neighboring valleys, the main trail circles around a low-lying swampy area. A few sections have raised portions yet prepare for wet conditions when visiting here. The trails are shared by hikers, dog walkers and equestrians. Additional trails connect to the many roads and homes that surround this park: Liberty Drive, Ed’s Lane, DeerTrail Road, Arden Road and Clapham Drive. Trails in the park branch off to join to Connector and Buckbrush Swamp Parks.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 15” W123º 34’ 26”

Metchosin Wilderness 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 Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. The park can be reached by turn onto Arden Road or onto Clapham Drive, where the entrance is marked by a wooden sign. Alternative access if from side roads off of Liberty Drive: Ed’s Lane, and Deer Trail. There is limited parking near this parkland. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Earles Green Space

Earles Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is the gated section of Earles Road; the barrier limits vehicle traffic permitting equestrians, hikers, dog walkers and cyclists. The green space is bordered by the fences of pastures and farmlands. The bridle and walking pathway called Lusse Way Trail connects to this green space.

Geographical location             N48º 22’31” W123º 33’ 57”

Earles 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 continue along until Earles Road is on the left. Turn onto Earles Road and continue to the barrier at the end of the road. There is limited parking along this rural laneway. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

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, walkers 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.