Portage Inlet Linear Park

 Portage Linear Park trail

Portage Inlet Linear Park is a waterfront park along Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C.  A paved three hundred meter long walkway along the north shore of Portage Inlet is in Portage Inlet Linear Park.This park hosts the nineteen sixty-six carved Tsimshian Bear totem pole. The monument faces the freeway as the lands were once a used as a scenic wayside park for travellers. The park is separated from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1) by concrete crash barriers and partially separated from the freeway with a pre-cast concrete wood fence; although this is only near the St. Giles Street side. This multi-user trail is used by runners, dog walking, cyclists and hikers as it connects St. Giles Street, in View Royal, with Portage Street, in Saanich. A side pathway parallels part of trail and is closer to the freeway. Most of the park has been landscaped with various trees such as spruce and pine trees as well as grass covered area.  Portage Inlet resembles a lake yet is connected to the harbour of Victoria, B.C., by the narrow Gorge Waters. The inlet is shallow with most places less than a meter and contain beds of eel grass. The estuary waters are feed by Hospital, Craigflower and Colquitz creeks as well as smaller ephemeral streams. Pacific salmon and Olympia oysters can be found in the water as well as many other organisms. The shoreline along the park is muddy with some blackberry and ocean spray bushes. Helmcken Park, View Royal Park, Stillwater Road Green Space, Chancellor Avenue Green Space, St. Giles Park are nearby. The Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Chancellor Park are on the north side of the freeway.

Geographic location N48° 28 8.3” W123° 25’ 14.7”

Portage Inlet Linear Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head southward away from the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to St. Giles West. Turn left onto St Giles Road and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.

Westoby Road Green Space

Thetis Lake Park - Westoby Road

The connection of the Westoby Road with Thetis Lake Regional Park forms Westoby Road Green Space in View Royal, B.C. This small natural space is along northeastern side of Thetis Lake Regional Park. The fire access road which starts near the end of Westoby Road connects to several trails in the parkland and to private property. Bellamy Trail and Stewart Mountain Trail can be accessed from this green space. McKenzie Creek is seen to the left along the trail into the park. Douglas fir, arbutus and big leaf maple trees are seen throughout the forest area with the sparse undergrowth mostly composed of ferns and mosses. Some additional information about Thetis Lake – Stewart Mountain and Scafe Hill is found in the Parks, Playgrounds and Green Spaces for the District of the Highlands, B.C., by this author. This is another terrific area to explore in your backyard.

 

Geographic location N48° 29’ 19” W123° 28’ 59”

 

Westoby Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway or Hwy 1. Turn off at Exit 10 to reach Burnside Road West. Stay right as the road branches toward the junction with Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and then right onto Highland Road. Follow Highland road as it narrows into Thetis Lake Regional Park and continue as the road curves to become Barker Road. Turn right onto the narrow and gravel Westoby Road to reach the trailhead. Westoby Road is gated about four hundred meters from the trailhead. There is limited parking along the roadways although there is a small parking area at the trailhead. City buses travel to the junction of Highland Road and Watkiss Way.

 

For a map of the hiking trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park, see the CRD Parks brochure.

Park Ridge Place Green Space

 

Park Ridge Place View Royal 3Park Ridge Place Green Space is a narrow pathway between homes in the Thetis neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. The thirty five meter long footpath connects to trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park. The green space is lined by wood fences and cedar hedge trees of the border properties. Chalmers Court Park and its playground area is close. Riverside Drive Green Space, Marler Park, Valley View Green Space Meadow Vale Green Space, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 28’3” W123°27’30s”

 

Park Ridge Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West. The roadway passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continues up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and continue until the road turns right and becomes Highland Road. Take the third right onto Riverside Drive and the next left onto Park Ridge Place. Continue to the end of the road as the green space is in the turnabout for the street. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Valley View Green Space

Valley View GS 1

The bright red fire hydrant along Valley View Place marks the discrete asphalt walkway into Valley View Green Space. This green space is a series of concrete staircases to a small grass cover area. There are metal handrails along the staircases. The asphalt pathway continues down with five sets of two stairs to Meadow Vale Drive. This pedestrian pathway is used by hikers and dog walkers as well as families as this is a pleasant route to take to reach the playground at Marler Park and the trail along Craigflower Creek. Meadow Vale Green Space, Chalmers Court Park, Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123°27’16”

 

Valley View Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West. The roadway passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continues up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and continue until the road turns right and becomes Highland Road. Take the second right onto Valley View Place and look for parking along the roadway. The green space is in the turnabout for the street. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Chalmers Court Park

Chalmers Court Park 1 Chalmers Court Park 5Chalmers Court Park is in the quiet residential Thetis neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Located near the bottom of a ravine, this park has a sixty meter long wooden staircase down to the playground and grass covered area. The park entrance along Riverside Drive looks has a unique wooden covered gate that leads to the staircase. The playground has swings, slides and climbing apparatus. There is also a decent size lawn for bocce, tossing a Frisbee or getting warmed up to stroll up the staircase. The park is overlooked by at about ten homes most with wood fences or cedar hedges along the park perimeter. Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’58” W123°27’27”

 

Chalmers Court Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West and passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and follow the road as it curves to the right to become Highland Road. Turn right onto Riverside Drive and look for the arch along the road to the right near the junction with Park Ridge Place. There is limited parking in this residential area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road

Riverside Drive Green Space

Riverside Drive Green Space is a thirty meter long pedestrian pathway toward Craigflower Creek in View Royal, B.C. It provides access the trail along Craigflower Creek which is part of Thetis Lake Regional Park. The trail has a seven step wooden staircase from the roadside and leads to a forest trail along the creek. The trail parallels the west side of the creek both downstream toward Marler Park and upstream toward Prior Lake. The Highland Pacific Golf Course is on the east side of the creek. Chalmers Court Park, Meadow Vale Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 28’ W123°27’19”

 

Riverside Drive Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West and passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and follow the road as it curves to the right to become Highland Road. Continue along Highland Road then turn right onto Riverside Drive. The green space is at the end of the roadway. There is limited parking in this residential area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Meadow Vale Drive Green Space

Meadow Vale Drive Green Space is used by dog walkers, hikers and residents of the Thetis neighborhood in View Royal, B.C. This green space is a wide grass covered roadway designed using gravel and permeable pavers that provide structure. As the fire access road, it connects Marler and Meadow Vale drives to provide a convenient pathway in this secluded residential area. The green space is located immediately northwest of Marler Park. Snow berry bushes, Himalayan blackberry bushes blend into the rock garden on the west side of the green space. The east side has a wood fence along the property line. Chalmers Court Park, Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123°27’17”

 

Meadow Vale Drive Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West by passing under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges. Continue up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and turn right onto Marler Drive. Continue on along Marler Drive past Dorothy Drive. The green space is at the end of Marler Drive where there is a small paved parking area for Marler Park. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Watkiss Way Green Space

Watkiss Way Green Space is a small rocky outcropping along the north side of Watkiss Way near Marler Drive in View Royal, B.C. A rough foot path connects this end of Marler Road to Watkiss Way. The rocky slopes of the green space are covered with Himalayan blackberry plants, grasses and a few trees. Thetis Lake Regional Park can be reached using the pathway to the WAtkiss Road. Marler Park is north along Marler Road. The playground at Marler Park which connects to the trail along Craigflower Creek is close. Chalmers Court Park, Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’43” W123°27’20”

 

Watkiss Way Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway to follow the branch that passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Marler Drive. Turn immediately left onto Marler Drive, a short section of the road that parallels Watkiss Way. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Thetis Lake Regional Park – Creed Road Trail

A wide gravel footpath from Creed Road leads to Craigflower Creek Trail which is one of many trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park. The Creed Road trailhead is just south a large redwood tree. The trail is lined by a chain-linked fence on the south and a post and wire fence to the north. Cedar and fir trees shade the pathway which leads to several sets of staircases: some steel staircases other parts are older wood-barrier steps. The trail crosses over Craigflower Creek on an aluminum bridge and branches up and downstream along the creek. This creek is habitat for sea-run steel head salmon and feels pristine. This is great walk in your back yard and can be extended as the trail connects southward to Marler Park. Chalmers Court Park, Thetis Lake Park, Craigflower Creek Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123° 27’8”

 

Thetis Lake Regional Park- Creed Road Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and pass under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Creed Road. Continue on along Creed Road to house number 450 and look for a small gravel parking area on the left. The trail is along the fence line for the home numbered 451. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

 

 

Marler Park

Marler Park 3

Marler Park has a small toddler friendly playground, a gravel walking trail and a small pond. The park is on an one third of a hectare area in View Royal, B.C. and is part of the Thetis neighborhood.  The playground is set in a pebble and sand base. There is a wooded platform with a roof that can be accessed by stairs, a steep ramp or the double slide. There is also a teeter totter and wobbly toy. A bench is also at this play space. Take a stroll along the trail past the small pond, which is enclosed by a chain-link fence. The foot path branches across Craigflower Creek and continues along the banks of the creek. The aluminum bridge spans across Craigflower Creek  and the trail continues to a series of staircases up to Creed Road. Craigflower Creek provides a home to several insect and fish species such as dragonflies and sea-run steel head salmon. The trail follows along the west bank of the creek and eventually connects with Thetis Lake Regional Park. This park is close to Chalmers Court Park, Thetis Lake Park, Craigflower Creek Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123° 27’16”

 

Marler Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and pass under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Marler Drive. Continue on along Marler Drive past Dorthy Drive. The park is at the end of Marler Drive. There is a small paved parking area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.