Nicklaus Rockhampton Green Space

Nicklaus Rockhampton Green Space is a seventy-five meter long pedestrian access between two roads. Located in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C., the concrete foot path leads to the small playground called Rockhampton Park. The pathway connects to trails in Nature’s Gate Park which lies across Nicklaus Drive. Rockhampton Park and Nicklaus Park are nearby.

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Nicklaus Rockhampton Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Nicklaus Drive. Turn onto Nicklaus Drive and continue along and look for pathway on the right as the road continues to climb. There is limited roadside parking this area.

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Nature’s Gate Park

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Nature’s Gate Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. It lies on the northwestern slope of MiniSkirt Mountain which was once three-hundred and eleven meters high. This four hectare parkland is surrounded by residential homes with views of Bear Mountain Golf Resort with Mount Finlayson providing the background to the west. The view to the east is of Mount Baker part of the Coastal Mountains in Washington State and the communities of View Royal, Saanich and Victoria are to the north and east. The gravel foot path from Nicklaus Park leads to a well trodden dirt and gravel trail that traverses back and forth over the steep slopes west side of Miniskirt Mountain. There are groves of arbutus, Douglas fir and cedar trees along the pathway. Take care to remain on the switchback trail and use the frequently staircases made of rock (and partially covered with moss) to maintain the integrity of the park. The steep slopes in this park and sparse understory make for pleasant walk through a second growth forest. This is a unique urban forest lies below the clear-cut housing landscape on the summit of Miniskirt Mountain. This park borders on Nicklaus Park and Nicklaus Park East. Rockhampton Park and Navigators Green Space are nearby.

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Nature’s Gate Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Players Drive. Turn left onto Players Drive then right onto Spirit Ridge Drive. Continue along Spirit Ridge Drive to reach Nature’s Gate. The access trail is at the end of the road where there is limited parking. The park can also be access from trails along Nicklaus Drive, the footpath in Nicklaus Park and from Navigators Green Space.

Skirt Mountain Lookout Trail

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Skirt Mountain is a three hundred and forty two meter high peak near Mount Finlayson, which stands at four hundred and fifteen meters. The trail to the summit follows the proposed route for the Bear Mountain Parkway and roadways for about five kilometers. The route is partially paved yet mostly loose gravel and bedrock. The panoramic view from the summit is amazing. With the Olympic and Coastal Mountain ranges providing a backdrop for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait, the communities in the Capital Regional District are on display. The trail is part of the development for Bear Mountain Village and the route follows the planned roadway with the proposed lots. The Hub located in Bear Mountain Village is the base for Cycling Canada Mountain Bike Team and this is one of several trails used for cycling.

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Skirt Mountain Lookout Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to the barrier near the end of road. The trail is on the east side of the asphalt and head south along the roadway. There are parking areas on both sides of the road.

Bear Mountain Bike Park

Bear Mountain Bike Park is located in the Bear Mountain area of Highlands, B.C. With set hours of business and a fee to access, the trails justify the grounds of operation for this mountain bike park. The bike park is the base for Cycling Canada Mountain Bike Team and this is one of several sites designed for cycling. Enjoy the beginners’ Teddy Bear Loop and Cub Trail with various log rides, skinnies, rollers and beams. With black diamond names like Grizzly and Kodiak trails, experienced riders have access to jumps with gaps of over two meters and steep slopes that provide challenging chances at balancing, jumping and turning. More information about this bike park is found at Bear Mountain dot ca slash bike. The Highlands Valley Trail, Canada Cup Trail and Skirt Mountain Lookout trails are also mountain cycling routes that are nearby. The Bear Finlayson Trail, Highland Valley Loop, Canada Cup Loop, Finlayson Skills Area, Hannington Park and Muirfield Place Green Space are nearby. These areas are frequented by walkers, hikers and dog walkers.

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Bear Mountain Bike Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Country Club Way. While the mountain bike course is located along Hannington Road in the Highlands, riders collect their pass from The Hub in the North Langford Recreation Center located 1907 Country Club Way. There is parking in the village area.

Highlands Valley Loop

The Highlands Valley Loop is a designated cycling trail in the District of the Highlands, B.C. The mountain bicycle trail is accessed from the Bear Mountain Village in Langford, B.C. It is one of several trails intended for training for the Cycling Canada Mountain Bike Team that is also family oriented. This five kilometer loop is incorporated into and around the eighteen hole Valley Golf Course of Bear Mountain. Most of the cycling loop is through second growth Douglas fir, arbutus and small shrubs. There is a good wonderful view toward the Coast Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea from along the trail. The route crosses over a small season creek. The Bear Mountain Bike Park is along this route which passes along Hannington Road and under the hydro towers. The Hub, located in the North Langford Athletic Center, has further information about the trails in this area.

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Highland Valley Loop can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Country Club Way where the North Langford Athletic Facility and the Hub are found at 1907 CCW. The trail starts behind the building near the Finlayson Skills Area and the Bear Finlayson Trail. There is parking in the village area.

Nicklaus Green Space

Nicklaus Green Space lies immediately across the road from the playground of Nicklaus Park in Langford, B.C. Located in the Bear Mountain neighborhood, Nicklaus Green Space is a nature park on a steep slope of Miniskirt Mountain. Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees are seen in the second growth forest on the hillside. They provide shade to ocean spray, salal, snowberry and scotch broom shrubs. Nature’s Gate Park, Hannington Park, Troon Park, Muirfield Park and Nicklaus Park East are nearby.

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Nicklaus Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Nicklaus Drive. Turn left onto Nicklaus Drive. The park is part way up the road across from Nicklaus Park. There is roadside parking.

Nicklaus Park

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Nicklaus Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Located near the lower slopes of Miniskirt Mountain, Nicklaus Park has a partially fenced play ground and grass covered area. There are two small climbing play structures with slides set on a pea gravel base. There a small plastic slide can be access from a low tower while the higher metal climbing tower is reached by climbing various ladders and poles. Two twirling stems, a rocking pod and blue basin are in the play area as well as a swing set with both a toddler swing and one big kid swing. Benches are placed around the area and up the slope where there is some landscaping. A dirt and gravel trail lead up the steep slopes to the south of this park. The trail connects too Nature’s Gate Park and Rockhampton-Nicklaus Green Space while Rockhampton Park, Hannington Park, Muirfield Park, Deerview Park, Nicklaus Park East and Nicklaus Park West are nearby.

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Nicklaus Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Nicklaus Drive. Turn left onto Nicklaus Drive and look for the parkland part way up the road on the left. There is parking along Nicklaus Drive.