Burnside Watkiss Park

Burnside Watkiss Park 3

The Garry oak and Douglas fir forest on the corner of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way forms an area of one point three hectares that is called Burnside Watkiss Park in View Royal, B.C. This park has a fairly flat gravel pathway that is about one hundred and eighty meters long. Oceanspray, mosses, ferns and many other plants can be seen in the second growth forest. A bench with views of the forest is near the end of the trail. The path connects to the chain-link fence that forms western perimeter of Eagle View Elementary School Green Space and to the pathways of the townhouse complex that is northwest of the park. Stoneridge Wetlands Park, Aldersmith Park, Burnside Road Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Game Nature Park, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’ 56” W123° 26’ 42”

 

Burnside Watkiss Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Burnside Road West exit to the intersection with Watkiss Way and continue along Burnside Road West. The park is on the right and the trail is about a hundred meters past the intersection. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Watkiss Way.

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Game Nature Park

Game Nature Park 5

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through in a Garry oak meadow along the footpaths in Game Nature Park located in View Royal, B.C. At just over half a hectare, this parkland has rocky granite knolls with Garry oak trees and grassy meadows with views through the trees of residential areas. The trail, about two hundred meters in length, can be access from the end of Game Road and along Watkiss Way. Stoneridge Wetlands Park, Brunside Watkiss Park, Eagle View Elementary School Green Space, Aldersmith Park, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal and the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 53” W123° 26’ 22”

 

Game Nature Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also known as Hwy1. Take the Helmcken Road exit (#8) to the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue and turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue to Game Road and turn left into the residential street. The park is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel to along Watkiss Way.

Burnside Road Green Space

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A gravel footpath along Burnside Road West from Meadow Park Lane to the school grounds provides a walkway for school children, parents and other pedestrians. This one hundred and eighty meter pathway connects along Meadow Park Lane to make a circular stroll that passes through Aldersmith Park and Eagle View Elementary School Green Space. The pathway is under the boughs of Douglas fir and Garry oak trees and is bordered by the roadway and narrow grasslands. There are also a couple of wildlife trees, perhaps used by woodpeckers and squirrels. A small grove of catalpa trees with long slender bean pods are found along Meadow Park Lane. Several parks and green spaces are nearby such as Watkiss Way Park and Stoneridge Wetland Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 28’ 5” W123° 26’ 37”

 

Burnside Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also known as Hwy1. Take the Helmcken Road exit to the Burnside Road West intersection and turn left onto Burnside Road West. Continue to Meadow Park Lane and turn left into the residential area. The foot path can be accessed from the corner of Meadow Park Land and Burnside Road West. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel to the hospital using Watkiss Way.

Aldersmith Park

Aldersmith Park 6 Aldersmith Park 4Aldersmith Park is a neighborhood park that covers about three quarter of hectare in the Town of View Royal, B.C. Many tall Douglas fir and Garry oak trees provide shade for the park that has just over two hundred meters of gravel trails. These trails connect the grounds of Eagle View Elementary School with Stoneridge Drive and Meadow Park Lane. There is a well shaded grass covered area surrounded by residential property that is close to the school grounds. This park has a great space for a game of bocce or tossing a ball around and there is a picnic table on the corner of the field. A chain-link fence for the school forms the western border of Aldersmith Park. The school grounds can be accessed through a chain-link gate. The southeastern side of the park has a steep moss and fern covered rocky hill. There are several trees with thick shrubs in this natural area. A small bridge connects the grass covered area to the forested section of the park with leads to Meadow Park Lane. The pathway is bordered by a couple of benches and the trail that loops around a rocky knoll. The gravel trails in this forested area are a pleasant place to enjoy the oceanspray, ferns, salal and blackberries. Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Game Road Park, Eagle Pacific Park, Chancellor Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Stoneridge Wetland Park and the Eagle View Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 28’ 3” W123° 26’ 30”

 

Aldersmith Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) to the intersection of Burnside Road West and turn left. Continue along Burnside Road West past the Prospect Lake Road. Turn left onto Meadow Park Lane and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Watkiss Way.

Stoneridge Wetland Park

Stoneridge Wetland Park, View Royal

Stoneridge Wetland Park has a small open waterway surrounded by cattails, sedges and aquatic grasses with the riparian vegetation of ash, hardhack, Nootka rose and other shrubs. This wetland is filled by precipitation and storm drain run-off from the Stoneridge residential area. The run-off is treated with a simple filtration system before entering the marsh. The park provides nesting sites for mallard ducks, Canada geese, northern pintail, hooded merganser and bufflehead as well as cedar waxwings, blue heron, owls, ravens and woodpeckers. A split cedar rail borders the one hundred and eighty meter long gravel pathway along the southern side of the wetlands. The pathway connects the bus stop along Watkiss Way to both Stoneridge Drive and Place. There are a couple of benches along the pathway. Aldersmith Park, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Game Road Park, Eagle Pacific Park, Chancellor Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail and Eagle View Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 60” W123° 26’ 19”

 

Stoneridge Wetland Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) to the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue and turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue to Stoneridge Drive which turns right into the residential area. Stay right, again, onto Stoneridge Place. The park is at the end of the road where there is a small parking area. City buses travel to near this parkland along Watkiss Way.