Sunny Beach Access

 

Sunny Beach Access is a beach access in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space provides access to a cobble sand cove that is surrounded by granodiorite rocks. There is a wonderful view is to the east with Trail Islands and the San Juan island resting on the Salish Sea. McNeill Bay is immediately to the left and Sunny Green Space is west across King George Terrace.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 39”  W123º 19’ 3”

Sunny Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Beach Avenue. Turn right onto Beach Avenue then make a left onto Sunny Lane which looks like a shared driveway. The trail to the ocean is at the end of the lane. There is limited parking in this residential area.  City buses travel close to this park.

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Costain Green

Costain Green is a green space in the District of Oak Bay, a community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small nature park is at the junction of Beach Drive and Midland Road in the Upland Estates.  This park is unique in that it has preserved as a patch of grass that help to form a Garry Oak meadow and many unique seasonal wildflowers. Deer are seen frequently in this area.

Geographic location N48° 27′ 10″ W123° 18′ 3″

Costain Green can be reached from McKenzie Avenue. Follow Mckenzie Avenue east toward the University of Victoria. The avenue becomes Sinclair Road as it descend into Cadboro Bay Village, with some excellent cafes and shopping. Turn right onto Cadboro Bay Road and follow to the junction with Beach Drive. The first junction along Beach Drive is past this green space. There is limited roadside parking in this neighborhood. A city bus travels past Costain Green.

Blaney Green Space

Blaney Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This easement between the acreages in the Duke/Albert Head neighborhood leads to a glorious view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. Fences line both sides of the rough footpath. There is no access to the water from this site as the trail ends on an igneous cliff face. Witty’s Lagoon Park is nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 17” W123º 30’ 16”

Blaney Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Gilbert Drive. Turn right onto Gilbert Drive and park on the side of the road. The trail is across Duke Road and lies between homes 3841 and 3837. There is limited road side parking along Duke Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Latoria Creek Green Space

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Latoria Creek Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A community endeavor established a wooden pedestrian bridge across North Latoria Creek to connect Duke Road East with Lower Park Road. Shaded by large big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees, the pathway is about sixty meter long. English ivy and small shrubs for the understory in this ravine. A trail marking post is found at both end of the footpath. North Latoria Creek Park is to the north, across Metchosin Road while Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park is about three hundred meters downslope along Delgada Road.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 53” W123º 29’ 40”

Latoria Creek Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Farhill Road. Turn left onto Farhill Road then right onto Lower Park Road. Continue to the small turnabout of Lower Park Road before it curves to become Delgada Road. There is a small marker to indicate the trail. There is limited road side parking near the trail head along Park Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is the legacy of volunteer firefighter and gentle man who resided  in Langford: Mister Alexander Thomas Gordon. The park has baseball diamond with chain link fencing, a seasonal concession, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and walking trail along Nisbit Creek. The playground has some climbing apparatus, monkey bars and swings set on a wood chip base. The three hundred meter long walking trail is past the park toward the northeast corner. A few urban trees have been planted in this park including maple and oak. The wind row on the west side has blackberry bushes while the foot path is bordered by alder and cottonwood trees. There are some seasonal wetlands along the footpath and are protected by a short boardwalk and bridge. This park is labeled Valley View Park on some maps. The Galloping Goose Trail – Langford borders on this park.  Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’34”  W123°32’18”

 

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. AT Gordon Memorial P and baseball diamond are on the left where there is small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley 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.