Limekiln Cove Green Space

limekiln view point view royallimekiln view point view royal 5limekiln view point view royal 9The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. Limekiln Cove Green Space is natural area with a wooden staircase to a viewpoint of Limekiln Cove. Located a ridge over the shoreline, the terraced viewing area has an inset compass rose that is a beautiful work of art and enhances the natural nautical feeling of the area. There is no water access from this site. This site has a Thermopylae Club inscription on a rock base.    This is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard and is part of the Harbour Loop walking route in View Royal. Stewart Beach, Beaumont Beach, Helmcken Corner Park, Heddle Park and Newstead Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 15” W123° 26’ 35”

Limekiln Cove Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Turn south onto Helmcken Road and continue across the Island Highway. The green space is located at foot of Helmcken Road. There is limited parking near the green space. City buses travel along the Island Highway and Helmcken Road.

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Stewart Beach

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. Stewart Beach lies along the north shore of Esquimalt Harbour near Victoria, B.C. The uplands area is on a low ridge and has a bench near the road access. The landscaped garden beds of the residential homes on both sides of the park enhance the patch of grass beside the bench which is also next to the Stewart Avenue sewage pumping station. An asphalt trail leads past this bench to a set of thirty three stairs to another view point and bench. Located on a rocky promontory, this bench can be a great place to watch the activity of local fauna and to enjoy the scenery. A short ramp leads the rest of the way down to the pebble and coarse sand beach on the right. There is a small beach to the left and is a good place to launch a personal watercraft like a paddleboard, kayak or canoe. The park is best accessed at lower tides. This is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 8” W123° 26’ 35”

Stewart Beach can be accessed from Hwy 1. Exit onto Helmcken Road (exit #8) and head south down the hill toward Esquimalt Harbour waters across the Island Highway. Turn left onto View Royal Avenue and then right onto Stewart Avenue. Continue to the end of Stewart Avenue. The trail to the beach is near the pumping structures. There is limited parking in this area. The city bus travels along View Royal Avenue.

Beaumont Beach

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. Beaumont Beach lies along the north shore of Esquimalt Harbour near Victoria, B.C. The uplands area is on a low ridge with Garry oak and arbutus trees with snow berry and black berry bushes. A bench is just off the wood chip trail about 20 meters along has with excellent views. The wood chip trail becomes a two tiered staircase with about twenty five steps onto the rocks of the beach. The rocky beach is an amazing place to explore during a lower tide and it is sheltered from most winds. The shore line quickly becomes quite steep in either direction with several wharves from the nearby residential homes. The indentation is about 8 meters deep and is a good place to launch a personal watercraft like a paddleboard, kayak or canoe, provided you can manage the staircase railings. There is a small cobble beach around the point to the east.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 6” W123° 26’ 27”

Beaumont Beach can be accessed from Hwy 1. Exit onto Helmcken Road (exit #8) and head south down the hill toward the ocean waters that form Esquimalt Harbour. Turn right onto the Island Highway then left onto Beaumont Avenue. Continue along Beaumont Avenue to reach Kerwood Street. The trail to the beach is near the junction with Kerwood Street. There is limited parking in this area. The city bus travels along the Island Highway.

Thetis Cove Green Space

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forested areas, watery reefs set with the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. This is one of those amazing places. Thetis Cove Green Space is located on a ridge along View Royal Avenue in View Royal, B.C. The view is eastward across the waters of Thetis Cove and Plumper Bay, which are part of Esquimalt Harbour, toward Richards Island and Thetis Cove beach. There is a rough pathway to the beach. Portage Park, the CRD Rail Trail and Beaumont Beach are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 2” W123° 26’ 7”

Thetis Cove Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Turn south onto Admirals Road at the McKenzie Avenue-Admirals Road junction. Continue along Admirals Road across the bridge over the Gorge Waterway. Turn right onto the Island Highway and pass under the railway bridge and take the next left onto View Royal Avenue. The Four-Mile Pub and Restaurant is located at this intersection. The green space is located to the left as the avenue curves to the right. There is limited parking near the green space. City buses travel along the Island Highway and View Royal Avenue.

Portage Park

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Enjoy a stroll through an urban Douglas fir and Garry oak forest to see the inspiring views of Richards Island, Fisgard Lighthouse and the distant Olympic Mountains in Washington State in Portage Regional Park, View Royal, B.C. This park lies along the north shore of Esquimalt Harbour and is along the portage route between the harbour and the Gorge Waterway. The portage route encompasses several roadways although the distance is about six hundred meters from shore to shore. This six point two hectare community park is bordered by residential homes and businesses on its east and west sides while the northern perimeter is formed by the Island Highway. Thetis Cove beach and Esquimalt Harbour are on the south side.

 

The CRD Rail Trail lies beside the VIA rail tracks and divides the park into an eastern and western portion. The western side of park is larger and has the majority of the trails as well as the playground and beach. The pedestrian pathways form about two kilometers of trails through the Douglas fir, Garry oak and woodland shrub forest. Enjoy the thimbleberry, blackberry and snowberry bushes as well as salal, ferns and mosses. Many bird species use this parkland as well including great blue heron, turkey vultures, common ravens, northwest crows and northern flickers. This makes it a popular place for local birders as well as dog walkers, hikers and those who enjoy a stroll in the urban forest. Richards Island is part of the parkland and is accessible by private vessels, like kayak, paddleboards or canoes. There are shallow rocky reefs around this island that has small Garry oak and Douglas fir trees. Thetis Cove has an average depth of about a meter with the deepest water along the western side of the cove near Dyke Point.

 

The partial paved and gravel trail to the beach starts near the town hall building and is about one hundred and seventy meters. The washrooms are also near here. There is a flight of about twelve steps down to the dirt and wood chip trail which branches south to the Thetis Cove beach and east toward the Rail Trail. The beach trail crosses over an ephemeral stream during its one hundred meter length. Thetis Cove beach is a mud flat beach area and is best accessed at higher tides. The eastern woodland trail also has some with steep stairs that makes wheelchair access difficult although the Rail Trail can be used with relative ease. A fire hydrant in the forest marks the junction of the trail which branches to the beach and to the Island Highway. There are benches and picnic tables in several locations in the parkland.   A shell midden was revealed by a seasonal storm several years ago. A sign marks this location where the organic debris may depict over five thousand years of periodic usage by humans. Thetis Cove beach, at low tide, is a mud flat with a few small areas of fine sand. A secondary access directly to the mud beach is from Thetis Cove Green Space using a steep fifty meter long trail. This green space is found along View Royal Road between homes 101 and 95.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 06” W123° 26’ 1”

 

Portage Regional Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Turn south onto Admirals Road at the McKenzie Avenue-Admirals Road junction. Continue along Admirals Road across the bridge over the Gorge Waterway. Turn right onto the Island Highway and pass under the railway bridge and take the next left onto View Royal Avenue. The Four-Mile Pub and Restaurant is located at this intersection. The main entrance and parking area for this park is on the west near the View Royal Town Office on View Royal Avenue. Additional routes in the park are from along the Island Highway and from the CRD Rail Trail. The eastern side is accessible from Glentana Street near Ethos Place, Falstaff Place, Aldersmith Place and Hallowell Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway and View Royal Avenue.

 

Several documents have been produced for the Town of View Royal about this park and provide a worthwhile read.

Demos Place Green Space

Demos Place Green Space has gravel trail that connects to the east side of Portage Park in a quiet neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. This side of Portage Park is separated from the westside by the E&N Rail Trail and railway. There is a concrete tunnel under, as well as a pathway over, the railway. The park area is about a hectare of Garry oak, big leaf maple and Douglas fir forest. It is a wonderful place to stroll and place to explore in your backyard. There are rough trails throughout the forest and the pathway connects to Glentana Road and Aldersmith Place Green Spaces. This section of the park is locally known as Glentana Park and is surrounded by residential homes both private and townhomes. It is short walk to Shoreline Community Middle School Green Space, Craigflower Manor Gardens and Shoreline Drive Green Space.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 05” W123° 25’ 50”

 

Demos Place Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Turn south onto Admirals Road (McKenzie Avenue is north from this intersection). Stay on Admirals Road and cross over the Craigflower Bridge, at which point the road names changes to Craigflower Road. Continue past the intersection of Craigflower Road to stay on Admirals Road. Take the next right onto Glentana Road. Demos Place is at the round-about near the end of Glentana Road. The trail is between homes 25 and 28 Demos Place. There is limited parking along Glentana Road. City buses travel along Admirals Road and the Island Highway.

Glentana Road Green Space

 

Glentana Road Green Space has a gravel trail that connects to the east side of Portage Park in a quiet neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Portage Park is divided by the E&N Rail Trail and railway. There is a concrete tunnel under, as well as pathway over, the railway. The park area is about a hectare of Garry oak, big leaf maple and Douglas fir forest. It is a wonderful place to stroll and place to explore in your backyard. There are several desire trails throughout the forest and a ten step wooded staircase about sixty meters from Glentana Road. The pathway connects to Demos Place and Aldersmith Place Green Spaces. This section of the park is locally known as Glentana Park and is surrounded by residential homes both private and townhomes. It is short walk to Shoreline Community Middle School Green Space, Craigflower Manor Gardens and Shoreline Drive Green Space.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 4” W123° 25’ 45”

 

Glentana Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Turn south onto Admirals Road (McKenzie Avenue is north from this intersection). Stay on Admirals Road and cross over the Craigflower Bridge, at which point the road name changes to Craigflower Road. Continue past the intersection of Craigflower Road to stay on Admirals Road. Take the next right onto Glentana Road and look for the trail marker on the left. The trail is near Ethos Place. There is limited parking along Glentana Road. City buses travel along Admirals Road.

 

Note: Easement right of way from Glentana Road between homes 1500 and 108 is gated to limit access.