Setchfield Park is nature park with walking trails in the Bear Mountain and Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Tall cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees are found in this second growth forest. Several old stumps that support large trees can be seen along the four hundred meter long loop trail. Salal and ocean spray bushes have filled in the areas where the light can reach the forest floor. Sword ferns and alder trees grow along Gardner Creek and along the slopes of the ravine. The park can be accessed from along Bear Mountain Parkway, just across from Longspur Drive. The pathway connects to the sidewalk near the green pump station building. The park can also be reached from the end of Gannet Court and from near the junction of Setchfield Avenue with Shaw Drive. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Ida Ann Lake Park, Shaw Park, Arngask Park, Harrow Gate Park, Bishops Gate Park and Gannet Court Green Space are nearby. Geographic location N48° 28’4” W123°30’21” Setchfield Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Follow Treanor Avenue past Lakewood Elementary School to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right on Setchfield Avenue and look for the trail access near the junction of the road with Shaw Avenue. There is parking along the roadway. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.
The school is part of the Victoria School District number sixty-one and as such the school grounds are used for students during school hours. The area is landscaped with a few arbutus and Garry oak trees as well as a large grass covered field. This is the sports field that is used for soccer, baseball and rugby as well as track and field. There is a trail along the ridge of grounds that parallels the sidewalk along the Island Highway. The road forms the south border of this green space. An excellent playground is along the ridge near the fenced basketball court. The playground is on a wood chip based and a linear setup that is great for climbing and balancing. The view of Portage Inlet from the playground makes this a favorite place. The green space is near the portage route or the shortest walking access to Esquimalt Harbour via Portage Park. This portage route was used haul boats and supplies from the Inlet to the Harbour. Craigflower House and Shoreline Drive Green Space are close by. Portage Park and the E&N Rail Trail are to the west.
Knockan Hill Park is a Garry oak meadow with several footpaths that circle around and lead to the viewpoints from the rocky summits of Knockan Hill. The word “knockan” is from an anglicized interpretation of the Salish word “ngu’kan” or the Gaelic word “cnocan.” Both words describe a rocky hill. This park is managed cooperatively between the Town of View Royal and the Municipality of Saanich. The split cedar fence along High Street trailhead encourages hikers and pets to stay on the trails while enjoy the spring time flowers of the chocolate, white fawn and camas lilies. There are arbutus, cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as oceanspray, Oregan grape, blackberry and snowberry bushes on the slopes of Knockan Hill which is about 83 meters high. The park can be accessed from several roadways in Saanich such as from along Helmcken Road, Burnside Road West, Jean Heights Place or Tree Place as well as from the end of Mildred Street. Tawny Park, Welland Legacy Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Chancellor Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 28 8.3” W123° 25’ 14.7”
Knockan Hill Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road West. Take the second left onto High Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West.
Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society have a map and further information on this park.
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