View Royal Municipal Park

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View Royal Park is beautiful landscaped park that is about six and half hectares in size. There are about a kilometer of pathways into and around the park that makes this an excellent place to head for a stroll. A large open and dog friendly area connects to MacLennan Trail with a gravel pathway that circles this area. A small bridge over an ephemeral creek connects to the concrete walkway which leads to the small parking area and the playground. Craigflower Creek skirts the east side of the park and makes a terrific area to visit year round. There are several view points along the creek. Sea run cutthroat and chum salmon reside in this creek as well as several trout. Both creeks are bordered by snow berry, Oregon grape, red alder bushes. Cedar, Douglas fir and arbutus trees area seen in this park. A giant sequoia is on private property near the Paddock Place Green Space pathway.A playground with several ways to climb to a platform with paired slides and monkey bars. It is set on a sand base. There are benches and picnic tables at several sites in the park. Four swings are also found at this park: two of them are toddler seats. Another slide is also near these swings. These two outdoor toys are set on a wood chip base. The thirty raised garden beds are used by community members and lay besides a small building. The gardens are bordered by a large grass covered field landscaped with trees and shrubs. Parkcrest Park, Paddock Place Green Space, Gull Road Green Space, Fort Victoria Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Chancellor Park and Helmcken Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 26’ 11”

 

View Royal Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) onto Helmcken Road and turn south. Continue past the first traffic circle to the second one, and turn right onto Pleasant Lane. Turn right immediately to access the small parking area beside Craigflower Creek. The park is near the E & N Railway crossing bridge. It can also be accessed from Burnett Road using Pleasant Lane or Paddock Place. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.

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MacLennan Trail

MacLennan Trail is a gravel multi-user trail in View Royal, B.C. It is located along the ridge of the berm that forms the noise barrier south of the Trans Canada Highway and west of Helmcken Road. The trail connects to the sidewalk near the bus stop at the intersection of Hwy1 and Helmcken Road and continues westward to View Royal Municipal Park. This four hundred and fifty meter long trail is landscaped with various spruce trees, broom bushes and a few Himalayan blackberry hedges. The path crosses over the salmon bearing Craigflower Creek before curving to connect with the circular pathway in View Royal Park. Parkcrest Park, Gull Road Green Space and Helmcken Park are nearby as are the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Chancellor Park.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 47” W123° 26’ 4”

 

MacLennan Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, take the first right onto Vickery Road. Stay on Vickery Road as the trail eventually converges with this road. There is limited roadside parking along Vickery Road. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Parkcrest Park

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Parkcrest Park is natural area along the east bank of Craigflower Creek in View Royal, B.C. At one end of the two tenth of a hectare area there is an asphalt walkway that merges with a one hundred meter long gravel trail meandering down to a site that provides a view Craigflower Creek; View Royal Park lies on the west side of the creek. This split-cedar fenced trail can also be accessed from Channery Place. The second trail is a fifty meter concrete sidewalk to the creek side. The sidewalk is has chain-link fences on both sides. Garry oak, Douglas fir and some arbutus trees as well as snow berry, Oregan grape and salal bushes are seen here. Ferns and mosses are seen along the slopes of the ravine of Craigflower Creek. The Galloping Goose Trail, MacLennan Trail, View Royal Elementary School, Caton Place Park, Gull Road Green Space as well as Helmcken Centennial Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 41” W123° 26’ 2”

 

Parkcrest Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, exit onto Vickery Road. Turn left from Vickery Road to Viewcrest Drive and follow the road along the residential homes to Levista Place. The gravel trail can be access from Viewcrest Drive near home number 11 opposite the roadway to Levista Place. The second trail access is from between homes 23 and 25 on the end the Parkcrest Drive. There is limited roadside parking along Viewcrest Drive and Parkcrest Drive. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.

Caton Lane Park

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Caton Lane Park is a neighborhood park along the north side of Craigflower Creek in View Royal, B.C. The narrow L-shaped parkland is about one tenth of a hectare. There is a view to the east, toward Portage Inlet, and south across to the E&N railway trail from the creekside. The pathway to the park is between homes 59 and 57. The route is a tapered grass covered area with a few fruit trees as well as evergreens. This leads to a grass covered area with a few trees and shrubs that form the riparian area along the bank of the creek. This area borders on the back yard of several homes along Caton Lane. There is no indication where the parkland lies as many property owners maintain a tidy yard to the edge of the creek. The shore is a grass covered low bank that opens to the shallow mud flats at low tides. This small estuary is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Gull Place Green Space, Seabird Park and View Royal Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 26” W123° 25’ 59”

 

Caton Lane Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Exit off Hwy1 onto  Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Caton Lane and look for the park sign located between homes 59 and 57. There is limited roadside parking along Caton Lane. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Seabird Park

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Seabird Park is grass covered park of 0.14 hectares with rocky shoreline access to Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. Himalayan blackberries, an arbutus tree and a few other shrubs line the western perimeter of the park near the split cedar fence. Spruce and willow trees are along the property border to the north. Craigflower Creek meets the inlet here forming the curiously named ‘deadman’ section of the creek. There is a seventy five meter stroll to the bench at Seabird Point which looks southward across the water toward Shoreline Middle School. The beach is muddy and can be used to launch a paddle board, kayak or canoe. This small estuary is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park, White Pine Place Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Caton Lane Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 23” W123° 25’ 49”

 

Seabird Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along Midwood Road near Seabird Place. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Midwood Green Space

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Midwood Green Space is clover and grass covered area with beach access onto Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This is good place to watch a sunrise over the inlet. The muddy shoreline is a low bank that is landscaped from the roadway. This is also a pump station for the community. The area is decorated with spinners and a dog silhouette which would discourage water fowl from using the green space. A couple of benches at this view point make this a restful site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park, White Pine Place Green Space, Seabird Park, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 25” W123° 25’ 46”

 

Midwood Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Midwood Road. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Thomas Park

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Thomas Park is nature area along the shore of Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This waterfront park has a rough trail along the roadway easement though the poplar trees and shrubs to reach Portage Inlet. The two hundred and thirty-five meter long trail is along the salt water wetland section of the shore line from Thomas Park Drive to White Pine Road Green Space. There is no obvious pathway to the low grass and mud bank along the shore line of Portage Inlet. The neighbors, understandably, have erected temporary fences to limit access to the tidal area. The shore access looks like a private driveway and parking near the homes 182 and 148. This site is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. White Pine Road Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Midwood Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space, Seabird Place Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 25’ 47”

 

Thomas Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Werra Road or Thomas Park Drive. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.