Carnarvon Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay which is part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is a small multifaceted jewel in Oak Bay. In the late eighteen hundreds, this area was developed as the Willows horse racing track, presently, the park hosts two baseball diamonds, tennis courts, fenced hockey rink, water park, and other play areas. It is the perfect place for a family outing. Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club and facilities are based here. There is a seasonal concession and washroom facilities. The Peter Pan Outdoor Water Park and Playground operates seasonally. A daycare operates out of the main buildings.
Geographical Location N48° 26′ 22″ W123° 19′ 02″
You can get to Carnarvon Park from Foul Bay Road. Turn east onto Allenby, Townley, or Carnarvon Street. There is limited off street parking. Look for trails to Carnarvon Park between Henderson and Newton Streets. A trail leads to Carrick Boulevard that provides quick access to the Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road junction. A couple of city buses travel by this park.
Henderson Park in the seaside district of the Capital Regional District called Oak Bay. The park is located next to the Henderson Recreation Center and Golf Course. The jogging and walking trail winds through and around the golf course. Runners from the UVic frequent the woodchip trail. As you walk along take time to enjoy the forest, the Henderson Gyro Park playground, and the golfers. Henderson Park has a baseball diamond and several tennis courts. Toilet facilities are available in the Recreation Center. The woodchip jogging trail has outdoor exercise equipment set along its perimeter. The forest that surrounds the trails and golf course is composed of mostly Garry oak and Douglas fir trees. Snowberry, ocean spray and blackberry bushes make up part of the underground and form the perimeter of the lawns. University of Victoria walking trails are nearby as is Upland School Green Space. This park shares its east border with the Uplands Golf Course.
Geographical Location N48° 27′ 19″ W123° 18″ 44″
You can get to Henderson Park from Cedar Hill Cross Road. Turn into the parking lot for recreation center. Parking is also available along the road. You can access the playground from Arden Street (off of Henderson) where there is limited parking. The walk takes about 30 minutes. Several buses provide service near Henderson Park.
Ed Fisher Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This one hectare park has a playground, chain-link fenced baseball diamond, an equipment building and walking pathways. The ball field is used seasonal by the Juan de Fuca Soccer Association for soccer games. The playground is separated from the ball field by the parking area. Its play equipment includes a pair of swings of which one is baby seat. A low wooden climbing platform has stairs, monkey bars and a pair of slides that lead to the wood chip base. A rocking toy completes the play area. There are picnic tables, benches and bleachers also found at the park which are shaded in the morning by the tall Douglas fir trees near Isabell Green Space. A few more tall trees are seen along the southern border of the parkland. Ed Fisher Memorial Park is surrounded by private homes in a quiet neighborhood. This park was named after the son the early pioneering family from England who homesteaded and taught in Happy Valley during the eighteen hundred and seventies. Weaver Park, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 25’49” W123°31’25”
Ed Fisher Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road then left onto Isabell Avenue. This road is intersected by the parking area for the park. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Happy Valley Road.
This outdoor recreation area has mini golf, go karts and batting cages as well as a seventy five camping sites for recreation vehicles and tents in Langford, B.C. While the facilities for All Fun are user pay, there are five picnic tables on a small grassy area near the batting cages. This green space is beside the riparian area that provides shade to Mill Stream. The stream meanders and divides the two large parking lots. 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. It flows into the waters of Price Bay in Esquimalt Harbour which is part of the Salish Sea. The oval racing track called Western Speedway, established in nineteen fifty-four, lies to the north of All Fun Park. Immediately north of the racetrack is the dirt circuit and facility of the Westshore Motocross. The Westshore Alliance Church is located at the end of one the west parking lot while the Canada Safety Council building is found at the other. Chow-Nicoll Park in the Highlands, Sparrow Crescent Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Goldie Park and Trail are nearby. This green space makes for an good outing after a day at the park.
Geographic location N48° 28’19” W123°30’7”
All Fun Recreation Park Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue past the log house pub. Look for the signs for the go-carts and mini golf and make a right turn onto Horden Road. This road appears very wide as it enters the big paved parking lot in front of the church. Continue along toward the batting cages to the right, just past the bridge to the second parking area. The camping area is further to the right once you cross over the bridge. City buses travel to this park from Millstream Road.
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.
White Pine Road Green Space is a pedestrian pathway from White Pine Road to Helmcken Centennial Park in View Royal, B.C. This thirty meter long concrete pathway is between homes 156 and 160 and is bordered closely by a chain-link fence. This pathway provides access to the playground and three fenced ball diamonds as well as to a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park Drive, Seabird Park, Midwood Place Green Space Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 37” W123° 25’ 54”
White Pine Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road. Turn left onto Werra Road and follow the road as it curves and dips along the residential homes. Look for White Pine Road to the left. There is limited roadside parking along Werra Road near White Pine Road while White Pine Road has several signs that warn of removal of improperly parked vehicles. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.