Garry Oak Meadows Park

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In View Royal, B.C., there is a three-quarter of a hectare Garry oak meadow with a one hundred and thirty meter long gravel footpath along a ridgeline. Aptly named Garry Oak Meadows Park, the place has the unique plant life that grows under these tall trees. Snowberries, Oregon grape are a few of the shrubs that thrive in this habitat. In the spring camas lilies might be seen although this site was not cultivated extensively. There are also a few tree stumps indicating that the area had been selectively logged many years earlier. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Jalan Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby. The park is part of Nursery Hill Trail Loop described by the Town of View Royal.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 35” W123° 27’ 51”

Garry Oak Meadow Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and look for the Atkins Road Green Space to parking as there is limited parking along Nursery Hill Road or Six Mile Road; parking can be found at Atkins Road Green Space. The park is along Nursery Hill Road. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.

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Atkins Chilco Pathway

View Royal Tunnel near Atkin Road 9 View Royal Tunnel near Atkin Road 2

The Atkins Chilco Pathway is a pedestrian walkway under the Via Rail track in View Royal, B.C. Decorated with eleaborate images, the the nineteen-sixteen tunnel connects Atkins Road with Chilco Road near Thetis Vale Green Space. Chilco Park, Duffus Trail Park, Edwards Park, Robin Hill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Atkins Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Mill Hill Regional Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 28’

Atkins Chilco Pathway can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road then left onto Chilco Road. Look for the first pedestrian crossing on Chilco Road to find this outdoor art deco. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Duffus Trail Park

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Duffus Trail is along the northwest side of the floodplain of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The gravel and grass trail is also bordered by residential homes and a split-cedar fence. The trail from the road is along a twenty meter long concrete pathway between two homes. Then take the four flights of wooden stairs: two with ten steps and two with fourteen steps to the shoreline and pathway. The three hundred meter long gravel and grass pathway follows the shoreline of muddy tidal estuary area of Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. A visit to Duffus Trail Park allows you to enjoy views of cedar trees and sword ferns along the southern slopes of the stream. The wetlands near the stream are bordered by several plants like scotch broom and alder trees. Maureen Duffus is an author known for local history of Southern Vancouver Island and raised her family in the area. There are benches along the walkway which makes it a good place to observe local and migratory water birds such as Canada geese, widgeons, gadwell, herons, cormorants, loons, mallards, mergansers and gulls. Burchill Park and Parson’s Access Park is nearby as it is Mill Cove Park and the Galloping Goose Trail.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 18” W123° 27’ 55”

Duffus Trail Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and continue to Atkin Road. Turn left onto Atkin Road then left again onto Anya Lane, marked as a private road. The lane is narrow and winds through the private homes and past the Pollock Farm to reach Anya Court. The park access is between homes 302 and 305. There is limited roadside parking along Anya Court or Anya Lane. City buses travel along the Atkin Road.

Atkins Road Green Space

GGT TCT near Atkins Road trail head

Atkins Road Green Space is a small area useful for parking when the parking lot at Thetis Lake Regional Park is full. It is also a site to access the Galloping Goose Trail although the main trail head with water and washrooms is five hundred meters east along Atkins Road. It is even an excellent space to explore on its own. Immediately to the north of this green space is the Via Railway Track. A couple of tall pine trees, Himalayan blackberries and other small shrubs fill the area. Parson’s Bridge Park, Jalan Park, Parson’s Access Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, Burchill Park, Chilco Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 27’ 50”

Atkins Road Green Space can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and continue along the road just under the bridge overpass for the Galloping Goose Trail. Turn right onto Atkins Road and look for the green space to the left. There is no roadside parking along Six Mile Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway and Atkin Road (on the west side).