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Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space – Metchosin

 

The Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space – Metchosin is in the Sooke Road neighborhood of Metchosin, 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. Tread with care and caution. This two kilometer section of the Sooke Flowline lies within Metchosin is from Humpback Road near Sooke Road to the border with the District of Sooke. The water pipe was used to transport water from the Sooke Reservoir to help create the balancing Humpback Reservoir in nineteen fifteen. Sections of this green space are enclosed within the Greater Victoria Water Area and Sooke Hills Park Reserve. 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 in Metchosin and can be accessed from along Sooke Road, near Glinz Lake Road and near Impala Road. A beautiful section to explore is from Glinz Lake Road to Impala Road a distance of about four kilometers. Three concrete trestles ford the ravines of small tributaries of Veitch Creek. There are several large Douglas fir trees, arbutus tree groves, moss meadows and viewpoints along this section. The section from Impala Road to Humpback Road is on the ridge parallel to Sooke Road. It passes south of Camas Hill, at 288meters, and close to many private properties. On both sections of the flowline, tread with care and caution. Private property surrounds most of the flowline. Camas Hill Park, Blinkhorn Lake Park and Carlton Cosh Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 24’ W123º 38’ 11” along Glinz Lake Road

Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space – Metchosin can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off the Hwy onto the Millstream –Veteran Memorial Parkway and continue to southward to Sooke Road. Follow Sooke Road to Glinz Lake Road, a rather narrow as it winds through to the YMCA-YWCA Camp Thunderbird on Glinz Lake.  Continue up along the steep Glinz Lake Road about two and a half kilometers. There is limited roadside parking near the gate for the Camp. The flowline is about sixty meter south of the gate. There is limited parking along Impala Road.

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

Pearson College Green Space

 

Pearson College Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is on the property of the Lester Bowles Pearson College of the Pacific. It is named after a fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada (1963 to 1968).  L.B. Pearson was recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in organizing the United Nations Emergency Force.  The college, established in nineteen seventy four from property of the Department of Defense, is a United World College and admits an International Baccalaureate degree.  The facilities are off-limits to the public yet the trails are shared. Student use the trails for cross country running as well as research purposes.

 

This area was selectively logged in the early nineteen hundreds and has some unique flora. Cedar tree stumps, mostly with an approximate 1 meter diameter, are seen along the trails. Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and western red cedar (Thuja plicata) trees are found in this forest grove that has many rocky outcrops. Salal and ferns are the primary forest floor plants while mosses cover nearly every possible surface. Several ephemeral streams flow through the parkland while Cripple Creek forms the western perimeter.

There are two main access points to the green space. The primary pathways can be accessed from Pearson College Drive. Additional pathways are found between kilometers twenty eight and thirty of the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin. There are a maze of footpaths in this green space. The primary footpath that starts near the second sign that along the road into Pearson College.  This path can form a circular route that follows the perimeter of the College’s property. The route parallels the Galloping Goose Trail and provides an option to continue to the outdoor exercise and rope practice area.  Cripple Creek forms the western perimeter of the property with the locally named Pipeline Trail. This rough path skirts creek and Pedder Bay back to the College parking area.

The campus borders on Pedder Bay and glimpses of the marina can be seen as you stroll along Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin from the Rocky Point Road site. The rough pathway into Pearson College is accessed from the Galloping Goose Trail near the 30 kilometer marker. This route lead down the slope to Cripple Creek and the Pipeline Trail.  A second trail to the green space is access from closer to the 29 kilometer maker of the GGT. This trail connects down the ravine of a small ephemeral creek and up the steep slope to the Barde Knockie or the Deep Woods Trail. A Metchosin Heritage sign marks the junction. The Deep Woods Trail was part of the original overland route from Victoria to Sooke used by early settlers. From the sign a turn to the left leads toward the Pearson College Drive while a turn to the right leads down toward Pedder Bay. Sandgate Green Space, Ron Weir Green Space, Matheson Lake Regional Park and the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin are nearby.

Geographical location             N48º 24’ 27” W123º 32’ 24”

Pearson College Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road continue along as the road changes names to become William Head Road. Follow along the road to the junction with Pearson College Drive. Turn right onto Pearson College Drive and continue to the small parking area of Pearson College is at the end of Pearson College Drive. This is private property with a limited space for hikers to park their vehicles. All buildings are off limits and for continued usage of the trails in this area require respect from all users.

Ron Weir Green Space

Ron Weir Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Mr. Wier grew up in the Metchosin area since his great grandparents arrived in the mid eight-teen hundreds on the third voyage from Britain of the barque rigged Norman Morison. This trail celebrates his passion for the historical and ecological values of this area and long heritage of care for livestock. This narrow green space has a four hundred meter long single track footpath that connects from William Head Road to Pearson College Drive. The gravel and woodchip pathway is marked by trail posts at both ends and borders along the fence line of homesteads in this waterfront community. Sandgate Green Space, Pearson College Green Space and the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 17” W123º 32’ 53”

Ron Weir Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along toward Pearson College to reach Sandgate Road. Turn left onto the road. Park near the junction with WHR. The trail is across the road and up the hill about 100 meters. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Sandgate Green Space

Sandgate Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Located on the edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Sandgate Green Space leads to a long sandy beach with various names such as Weir Beach, Taylor Beach or Parry Beach. The green space is border by residential and summer homes as well as a recreational vehicle resort and its seasonal lagoon. There are wonderful views of areas to the east: Metchosin, Colwood, Victoria and Oak Bay communities. The coastal and olympic mountain ranges provide a sharp contrast the ocean waters when viewed from Sandgate Green Space. This is a good place to launch personal water craft to explore the shorelines. The William Head Penitentiary is on the peninsula to the south. Devonian Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, Pearson College Green Space and Ron Weir Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 18” W123º 32’ 40”

Sandgate Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along toward Pearson College to reach Sandgate Road. Turn left onto the road. There is a small parking area near the end. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Devonian Regional Park

Devonian Regional Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This ocean front park was acquired from the Devonian Foundation Alberta, formed by the lawyer, oil man and philanthropic Eric Harvie, and the provincial government in 1980. It is one hundred and thirty five square kilometers of forest area with Sherwood Pond providing a wetland oasis amongst the Douglas fir and Garry oak woodlands. The kinglet, great horned owl and pileated woodpecker might be sighted in the park. This wildlife sanctuary is tucked into the gently rolling landscape between Metchosin farms. A bridle trail lies along the southern perimeter of the park. There are parking and picnic areas. Sherwood Creek flows into the pond and acts as guide for the well-trodden footpaths. The Douglas fir and arbutus trees in the park can be explored by strolling along the gravel trails. The main trail leads through the forest about twelve hundred meters to reach the cobble and pebble Taylor Beach that lies on Parry Bay. The beach overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Witty’s Lagoon can be reached by strolling along the water eastward along Taylor Beach. The distance is about six kilometer round trip. Taylor Green Space is about five hundred meters eastward along the waters edge. At the park entrance is a small parking area with toilets. Benches can be found in this park too.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 57” W123º 32’ 32”

Devonian Regional Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along until you see the signpost for the park on the left. There is small parking area. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Lombard Green Space

 

Lombard Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Lombard Green Space hosts forty-four Lombardy poplar trees  (Populus nigra x trichocarpa ) that were planted in the late eighteen hundreds. These trees were planted in 1877 by Mr. Hans Lars Helgesen along the drive that led to his family home off of William Head Road. A heritage sign stands beside the street sign marking the significance of this green space. A foot and bridle path lies along side the roadway. These row trees are an exotic species that get their name from the Lombardy plains in Italy. The trees were introduced into the United Kingdom and eventually to Metchosin to enhance the landscape of the farm estates of the new residents. This poplar has a grey to green bark which becomes thickened and blackened with furrows as seen on these older trunks. The triangular or diamond shaped leaves are bright green and help to form a windscreen in this farmland area. Taylor Green Space, Weir Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin and Weir Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 59” W123º 31’ 57”

Lombard Green Space can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road to Lombard Road. Turn right onto Lombard Road with caution as the road is narrow between the rows of trees. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Taylor Green Space

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Taylor Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located on the edge of Strait of Juan de Fuca, Taylor Beach is rock and cobble beach. It is between Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park and Devonian Regional Park. Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail and Madrill Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 59” W123º 31’ 57”

Taylor Green Space can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road to Taylor Road. Turn left onto Taylor Road and continue down to the small parking area. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.