Garry Oak Meadows Park

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In View Royal, B.C., there is a three-quarter of a hectare Garry oak meadow with a one hundred and thirty meter long gravel footpath along a ridgeline. Aptly named Garry Oak Meadows Park, the place has the unique plant life that grows under these tall trees. Snowberries, Oregon grape are a few of the shrubs that thrive in this habitat. In the spring camas lilies might be seen although this site was not cultivated extensively. There are also a few tree stumps indicating that the area had been selectively logged many years earlier. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Jalan Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby. The park is part of Nursery Hill Trail Loop described by the Town of View Royal.

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Garry Oak Meadow Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and look for the Atkins Road Green Space to parking as there is limited parking along Nursery Hill Road or Six Mile Road; parking can be found at Atkins Road Green Space. The park is along Nursery Hill Road. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.

Heddle Park

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Heddle Park is a narrow park with Douglas fir and Garry oak trees in View Royal, B.C.  A chainlink fence lies along the ridge that overlooks the fire station. This station house is along the Island Highway. The foot path through the fifteen hundred square meter park is partially paved and connects Heddle Road to the Island Highway. This park may have been named for Edwin Heddle, a banker who arrived in Victoria in the early nine hundreds. The park is close to Newstead Park, Tovey Cove Green Space, Lilmkiln Cove Green Space, View Royal Park, Fort Victoria Green Space, Via Rail Trail and Helmcken Corner Park.

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Heddle Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Helmcken Road and continue past the Island Highway. Turn right onto View Royal Avenue then right onto Heddle Road. The trail into the park is at the end of this end of the Heddle Road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Atkins Chilco Pathway

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The Atkins Chilco Pathway is a pedestrian walkway under the Via Rail track in View Royal, B.C. Decorated with eleaborate images, the the nineteen-sixteen tunnel connects Atkins Road with Chilco Road near Thetis Vale Green Space. Chilco Park, Duffus Trail Park, Edwards Park, Robin Hill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Atkins Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Mill Hill Regional Park are nearby.

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Atkins Chilco Pathway can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road then left onto Chilco Road. Look for the first pedestrian crossing on Chilco Road to find this outdoor art deco. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Lime Kiln Park, View Royal, B.C.

Lime Kiln Park Heritage Site

Along Hart Road in View Royal, the structure of a century old commercial chemistry experiment is undergoing restoration. The park is a protected heritage site in View Royal, B.C., wherein lies the remnants of a hundred year old kiln. Lime Kiln Park is a two hundred square meter area that contains a kiln that was built in the late eighteen hundreds. Like other such structure, the kiln decomposed limestone, also called calcium carbonate, into lumps of quicklime (which is calcium oxide). The quicklime was combined with measured amounts of water which formed lime hydrate (also called calcium hydroxide). This an ancient science experiment produces a material that used to form concrete. It was also used to improve soils for agriculture and white wash walls. Granite bedrock covered with moss, lichen and small shrubs surround the kiln. Big leaf maple, Douglas fir and dogwood trees area seen in the parkland. The area has a housing development built on the ridge that overlooks the parkland. The park is fenced with a six foot tall black chain link fence with a locked gate while restoration is underway. Mellor Park is across Hart Road and Parson’s Bridge Park is along the Island Highway near the bridge.

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Lime Kiln Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to travel under the free way and railway overpass. Continue along the Island Highway to Hart Road. Turn left onto Hart Road and look for the park on the right. There is limited roadside parking along Hart Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

There are several documents available that describe the restoration process of this unique heritage site.

Mellor Park

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Mellor Park is a long narrow water front park in View Royal, B.C. It borders on the south shore of Equimalt Harbour near the mud flats and estuary of Mill Stream. Douglas fir and cedar trees stand tall in the parkland. A crushed granite rock trail leads to the ridge overlooking the mudflats and water. The trail is used as a roadway by the proximal neighbors. The waterfront below the ridge is marshlands and is a difficult access along a decommissioned rock staircase. This one quarter of a hectare parkland is near Lime Kiln Park.

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Mellor Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next left onto Hart Road. The park is on the left. There is limited roadside parking along Hart Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Wilfert Park

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Wilfert Park is nature area along the south side of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. It is about one third of a hectare. This park is partially forested and decommissioned agricultural area along the south side of the ravine along Mill Stream. This park form part of the riparian area along Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. A visit to Wilfert Park allows you to enjoy cedar trees and sword ferns along the floodplainof the ravine. The wetlands near the stream have skunk cabbage and other wetland plants. There are no formal trails in this nature park. Kelvin Grove Park and the Duffus Trail are across Mill Stream. Mellor Park and Lilm Kiln Park are nearby. Mill Stream Park, in Langford, is west.

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Wilfert Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next right onto Wilfert Road. This is not a through road but it can also be access from the west side near Nob Hill Road and Mill Stream Park in Colwood. Continue to along Wilfert Road as it curves behind the casino. There is limited parking along Wilfert Road. Wilfert Park is reached by strolling about two hundred and fifty meters along the service road from end of Wilfert Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Kelvin Grove Park, View Royal, B.C.

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Kelvin Grove Park is a one hectare forested area along Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. A sixty meter long trail from Atkins Road leads to a wooden platform that provides view of the ravine for Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. A visit to Kelvin Grove Park provides views of cedar trees and sword ferns along the slopes of the ravine. The wetlands near the stream have skunk cabbage and other riparian plants. There are no formal trails in this nature park and the viewing platform is along the steepest part of the parkland. Wilfert Park is on the south side of Mill Stream. Duffus Trail Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Parson’s Access Park, Mill Cove Park, Burchill Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park are nearby.

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Kelvin Grove Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road and then left onto Atkins Road. The park is on left near Creekside Glen townhomes at 199 Atkins Road. There is limited roadside parking along Atkin Road although city buses travel along this roadway.

Duffus Trail Park

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Duffus Trail is along the northwest side of the floodplain of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The gravel and grass trail is also bordered by residential homes and a split-cedar fence. The trail from the road is along a twenty meter long concrete pathway between two homes. Then take the four flights of wooden stairs: two with ten steps and two with fourteen steps to the shoreline and pathway. The three hundred meter long gravel and grass pathway follows the shoreline of muddy tidal estuary area of Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. A visit to Duffus Trail Park allows you to enjoy views of cedar trees and sword ferns along the southern slopes of the stream. The wetlands near the stream are bordered by several plants like scotch broom and alder trees. Maureen Duffus is an author known for local history of Southern Vancouver Island and raised her family in the area. There are benches along the walkway which makes it a good place to observe local and migratory water birds such as Canada geese, widgeons, gadwell, herons, cormorants, loons, mallards, mergansers and gulls. Burchill Park and Parson’s Access Park is nearby as it is Mill Cove Park and the Galloping Goose Trail.

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Duffus Trail Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and continue to Atkin Road. Turn left onto Atkin Road then left again onto Anya Lane, marked as a private road. The lane is narrow and winds through the private homes and past the Pollock Farm to reach Anya Court. The park access is between homes 302 and 305. There is limited roadside parking along Anya Court or Anya Lane. City buses travel along the Atkin Road.

Mill Cove Park

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Mill Cove Park is a small public space in View Royal, B.C., that overlooks the tidal estuary of Mill Stream. The park has a short gravel trail that leads to a wooden platform on along the north side of Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. This can be a good place to observe local and migratory water birds such as Canada geese, wigeons, mallards, mergansers and gulls. Burchill Park and Parson’s Access Park is nearby as it is Duffus Trail and the Galloping Goose Trail.

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Mill Cove Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road then left onto Atkins Road. Continue along Atkins Road to reach Parsons Road. Turn left onto Parsons Road then right onto Mills Cove Lane and look for the park at the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking along Parsons Road. City buses travel along Atkin Road.

Edwards Park

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Edwards Park is a five and half hectare ‘E-shaped’ nature park in View Royal, B.C. It borders on the eastern slopes of the two hundred and two meter tall Mill Hill in Mill Hill Regional Park. It also borders along Crystalview Park which lies within the municipal border of Langford, B.C. Chilco Road divides the middle section of Edwards Park from the playground in Robin Hill Park. Edwards Park has steep slopes covered with mosses, lichen and ferns. Moss covered stumps show it was selectively logged, perhaps around the turn of the twentieth century. Small groves of arbutus trees intermix with towering Douglas fir trees. A one hundred and fifty meter long gravel trail leads from the summit of Crystalview hill from Bamford Court. The view is toward the southeast where the Salish Sea area called Esquimalt Harbour can been seen. Views of the summits of Mount Douglas, Mount Tolmie and Gonzales Hill can also be seen. Mill Hill Regional Park, Chilco Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Thetis Lake Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, The Galloping Goose Trail and Kelvin Grove Park are nearby. The parks within Langford: Crystal View Park, Rudy Crescent Green Space and Tanzanite Park border along Edwards Park. There is also a pleasant three hundred meter pathway on the southern area of Edwards Park that connects Chilco Road to Tanzanite Place. The green space at Crystal View Elementary School is also nearby. This is a popular area for walking in your backyard.

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Edwards Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road then left onto Chilco Road. Follow Chilco Road up the hill and along the curves to Bamford Court. The main trail to the summit is on the right near the turnabout. City buses travel along Atkins Road.