Savory Elementary School Green Space

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Savory Elementary School Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Built in nineteen sixty six, Savory School is named after Lillian Savory, a business woman, teacher and volunteer for education in Langford. The green space has several unique areas to explore as well as an excellent playground and a couple of sport fields. This school ground is available outside of school hours as it is part of the Sooke School District 62. The playground consists of a several swing, slides and climbing bars and ladders. The sports fields are a good size with white goal posts on the ends. A well explored nature area on the eighty-six meter tall hill, also called mini-mountain, lies to the south of the school buildings. The hill has several tall western red cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees as well as ocean spray, ninebark and oregon grape shrubs. A unique feature is the large white covered pedestrian bridge that provides access to the green space from Atkins Road. The bridge crosses over the railway track and Trans Canada Trail. A gated fire road access is from Vantilburg Crescent between 2735 and 2739. The Veteran’s Memorial Park, Chan Streamside Park and Mill Hill Regional Park, are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’56” W123° 29’ 6”

 

Savory Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Continue along the parkway to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream Avenue to Grainger Road. Turn left onto Grainger Road where there is limited parking in this area. A fire road access is from Vantilburg Crescent between 2735 and 2739. City buses travel along Atkins Road and Goldstream Avenue.

 

Chan Streamside Park

Chan Streamside Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This nature park borders along Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek, near Mill Hill Regional Park. There is access from along Atkins Road near the Selica Road junction. As a nature park, there are no formal trails yet the area has several deer trails though the second growth forest of western red cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir. Indian plum, pacific ninebark, oregon beaked moss, St John’s wort and the tricolor turkey tail mushrooms grow on the slopes of the ravine that forms this parkland. The Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Westwind Park, Millstream South Park, Atkins Park, Millstream Creek Park One, Mill Hill Regional Park, Selica Park and Tanzanite Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 26’ 59” W123° 28’ 42”

Chan Streamside Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkins Road. The park is on the left side of Atkins Road between homes 417 and 409. There is limited roadside parking along Atkins Road. City buses travel along the road.

Great (Trans Canada) Trail – Langford

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The Great Trail, originally called the Trans Canada Trail, is a multi-use recreational pathway that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans. Twenty three thousand kilometers of walkways connect all the provinces and territories in Canada. This is a community based project and the portion of the route within and maintained by the City of Langford will eventually form six thousand meters of the Great Trail. A six hundred meter section of the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford forms part of the Great Trail in Langford. The Great Trail-Langford has several sections that are complete as well as a few that are in the proposal stages. The trails make up the Vancouver Island Spine Trails. Although it is never far from busy streets, walking, hiking and cycling along the trail removes one from the bustling cars with glimpses of squirrels, flowers, trees and beautiful lookout points.

Part of the following is also seen on the blog for the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford since several sections of the GG trail are part of the Grat Trail. As well, the E&N Rail Trail is an alternative name for parts of the trail that parallel the railway track through Langford and neighboring communities.

The Grat Trail – Langford is part of the multi-use trail which follows either the Galloping Goose Trail or parallels the VIA railway track. This section of the Great Trail is also referred to as the Humpback Connector. The Great Trail, which is also known as the Galloping Goose Trail, enters the City of Langford near Country Terrace and parallels Atkins Road before it crosses over Mill Stream into Colwood, B.C. This six hundred and fifty meter section is in a pastoral and rural area of the city as well as near the E&N Via railway track. Himalayan blackberry bushes, Nootka rose shrubs, oceanspray plants and snow berry bushes are seen along the route. There are several large big leaf maple trees, Douglas fir and arbutus trees that provide shade while walking and cycling. A picturesque wooden bridge crosses over the ravine formed by Mill Stream and several large pipes just before the trail continues into Colwood. Millstream Creek Park One is near this section of the GGT/GT.

 

The second section of the GGT/GT lies between Hoffman and Jacklin Road along Station Avenue. Parts of the trail are composed of raised brick and concrete sidewalk that includes the railway stop near Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. There are several street trees and landscaped areas along the trail. This section of the trail is within a few hundred meters of small shops and coffee houses.

 

West of Jacklin Road, The Trans Canada Trail is partly on roadways as it departs from the Galloping Goose Trail. As the Great Trail nears the shore of Langford Lake another trail, Ed Nixon Trail can be used as a walkway. There is great spot to go for a swim in the lake. The route continues up the hill past Belmont High School and a residential area. It crosses over Langford Parkway to follow along Meridian Drive then Irwin Road. The Great Trail crosses over Humpback Road. There are two small gravel parking areas shared with Mt Wells Regional Park at this point. This section of the Great Trail is initially near shops and warehouses. As the trail continues westward there are blackberry bushes as well as Scotch broom, and tall grasses. Douglas fir, cedar and smaller shrubs are found along the Nixon Trail.

 

At the junction of the Galloping Goose Trail with Glen Lake Road there is a proposal to connect north to the proposed Trans Canada Trail. The trail will eventually lead to Shawnigan Lake and Nanaimo. It is unclear whether this is in addition to the trail that is proposed along the railway beside Atkins Road.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 2” W123°28’11” along Atkins Road

 

Trans Canada Trail – Langford can be reached from several locations in Langford, B.C. Exit the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1, onto Millstream Road and turn south to reach Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkin Road. The trail is on the right side of Atkins Road near the railway crossing. There is limited parking along Atkins Road. Alternatively the trail can accessed from along Station Avenue between Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Jacklin Road.

 

Galloping Goose Trail – Langford

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The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a multi-use trail that connects Victoria to Sooke, approximately fifty five kilometers distance. This old rail bed was initially used during the nineteen twenties for a passenger train. Although it is never far from busy streets, walking, hiking and cycling, as well as sections that include use by equestrians, along the trail removes one from the bustling cars with glimpses of squirrels, flowers, trees and beautiful lookout points. The trail starts in the Victoria West neighborhood of Victoria, B.C., and continues onto Saanich, View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke.

 

There are about four thousand and seventy seven meters to the Galloping Goose Trail in Langford, B.C. The trail enters the City of Langford near Country Terrace and parallels Atkins Road before it crosses over Mill Stream and continue into the Municipality of Colwood, B.C. This six hundred and fifty meter section is in a pastoral and rural area of the city as well as near the E&N Via railway track. Sections of the railway track are paralleled with a paved trail that is part of the Trans Canada Trail; this section is also proposed for trail development as the GGT heads westward while the railway track heads northwest (see Trans Canada Trail – Langford). Himalayan blackberry bushes, Nootka rose shrubs, oceanspray plants and snow berry bushes are seen along the route. There are several large big leaf maple trees, Douglas fir and arbutus trees that provide shade while walking and cycling. A picturesque wooden bridge crosses over the ravine formed by Mill Stream and several large pipes just before the trail continues into Colwood. Millstream Creek Park One is near this section of the GGT.

 

The second section of the GGT enters Langford from Colwood near the junction of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway (VMP) with Kelly Road. A discrete crossing over Colwood Creek can be spotted as the creek parallels the parkway’s east side from Kelly Road to Meaford Avenue. VMP Park lies on the east side of the roadway. A short foot path from the park connects onto the Goose near Kelly Road and VMP. Once across VMP, the Galloping Goose Trail is quite a wide gravel route. It continues past residential homes and landscaped properties as it passes near the West Shore Town Center shopping area. The skate board park and old buildings of the Belmont High School can be seen to the north before crossing over Jacklin Road. This portion is slightly shaded by popular trees and small shrubs. Colwood Creek Park lies to the south and can be reach using a gravel footpath. There are firs, oaks and willows that border portions of the trail.

 

West of Jacklin Road, navigated using an offset cross walk a few meters along Jacklin Road, the GGT touches on the shore of Glen Lake near Glen Lake Park. This is great spot to go for a swim in the lake. As trail continues westward it is bordered by blackberry bushes, Scotch broom and tall grasses. At the junction of the Galloping Goose Trail with Glen Lake Road there is a proposal to connect north to Shawnigan Lake which could complete a section of the Trans Canada Trail. It is unclear whether this is in addition to the trail that is proposed along the railway beside Atkins Road.

 

Once past the lake shore the Galloping Goose Trail heads south paralleling Happy Valley Road and passes by the Luxton Fair Grounds. This section of the trail is bordered by the fences of residential homes and popular trees. The GGT continues into Metchosin just after Winter Road.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 2” W123°28’11” along Atkins Road

 

Galloping Goose Trail Langford can be reached from several locations in Langford, B.C. Exit the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkin Road. The trail is on the right side of Atkins Road near the railway crossing. There is limited parking along Atkins Road. Other options, in Langford, for accessing the Galloping Goose Trail are at Kelly Road and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway possibly leaving a vehicle at the West Shore Shopping Center parking lot; near the junction of Glen Lake Road with Sooke Road as well as at Winter Road and Happy Valley Road.

 

Trails BC and GGT websites as well as the 2004 Birder’s Guide: Lochside Regional and Galloping Goose Trail written by K. Taylor and published by Alabaster Publishing have further information about the trail.

Selica Park

Selica Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This small park has a rough gravel trail that leads to Atkins Road and the railway track. Several tall western red cedar trees grow the slope of the low rise of this park. Most of the parkland is covered with grasses and shrubs. Ruby Court Park, Crystalview Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Elementary School Green Space, Nugget Park, Tanzanita Park, Country Terrace Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’52” W123°28’34”

 

Selica Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkins Road. Continue along Atkins Road past the four way stop. Atkins Road crosses over the railway track near the parkland. The park is on the north side of Atkins Road. There is limited parking along Selica Road. City buses travel along Atkins Road.