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Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space

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The Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space is a thirty meter wide right of way with a trail along the top of the one and half meter diameter pipe. The water pipe, which was forty four kilometers long, was disconnected in nineteen seventy and now makes for a fun yet precarious walk. This two and a half kilometer section of the Sooke Flowline lies within Langford is from the reservoir on Humpback Road to Sooke Road. The water pipe was used to transport water from the Sooke Reservoir to help create the balancing Humpback Reservoir in nineteen fifteen. Humpback Reservoir covers thirteen and half hectares of the sloping valley that probably held a small creek that flowed into Parkland Creek, a tributary of Colwood Creek. Sections of this green space are enclosed within the Greater Victoria Water Area and Mt Wells Regional Park. Much of the pipe line is moss covered and becoming part landscape of the Douglas fir and arbutus forest. This is an unusual place to explore in your backyard. Irwin Park, Ravenview Park and Cressida Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 26’52” W123°33’17” at Mt Wells parking area

Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at West Shore Parkway and turn right onto Amy Road which merges to become Sooke Lake Road. Continue along SLR to turn left onto Humpback Road. Follow Humpback Road up over the railway track and past the junction with Irwin Road and look for the parking lot for Mount Wells Park on the left. This is the best place to park since Humpback Road is rather narrow as it winds through the area to connect with Sooke Road. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Historical perspectives about the water system for the Greater Victoria area are available online.

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