Thompson Topp Park

 

Thompson Topp Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small park has a five street trees and a cedar tree. A bench faces the north east and would be a wonderful place to rest from exploring the Estevan Market area and neighborhood. Willows Elementary School Green Space, Lokier Gardens and Willows Beach Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 25”  W123º 18’ 40″

Thompson Topp Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue, as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdown Road to reach Cadboro Bay Road. Turn right onto Cadboro Bay and continue along to Thompson Street. Turn left onto Thompson Street and look for the park at the junction with Topp Road. There is street parking. City buses travel along Thompson Drive.

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Kinglet Park

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Kinglet Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This small park hosts a playground underlain with wood chips and a small grass covered area. It lies on the western slope of Triangular Hill, also called Triangle Mountain. The park has been landscaped with several urban trees. The footpath in Turnstone Park is a short walk. Braeburn Park, Luxton Park, Thrush Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space and the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’26”  W123°31’45”

 

Kinglet  Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Follow Happy Valley Road to reach Turnstone Drive on the left past Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space. Turn left onto Turnstone Drive to reach Kinglet Place. The park at the junction of these roads. There is limited roadside parking this neighborhood. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Kettle Creek Park

Kettle Creek Park is the Goldstream Meadows neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is bordered by a chain link fence to the north and fences of family homes to the south. There are several shore pine trees, rose bushes and deciduous trees in this grassy landscaped park. A couple of picnic tables along the gravel pathway complete the space. Gold Stream Provincial Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’9” W123°32’33”

Kettle Creek Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at the West Shore Parkway and continue through the traffic circle. Make a left onto Kettle Lake Road and then a right onto Kettle Creek Crescent. The park is on the left near the rise of the road. There is roadside parking this area.

Lake Ida Ann Park

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Lake Ida Ann Park is in the Bear Mountain – Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This small manmade lake lies within the Gardner Creek drainage which is part of the Mill Stream watershed. The park is about a hectare in size with a gravel footpath along the shoreline. The four hundred meter pathway is partial forested with alder, ocean spray with small arbutus, willow, cedar and spruce trees. Along the trail, there are picturesque views of the two fountains used to aerating the shallow water. Several benches and picnic tables are found along the lake shore although this is not a lake for swimming as it rather shallow. A wooden pedestrian bridge passes over a seasonal creek near the trail to Jamie Place. The east end of the lake is dammed by concrete bags and a culvert to maintain the water level. This lake is stock annually with seventy-five trout by the government’s environment branch. The expectation is that the fish will be hooked by young novice fishers. Pathways from both Jamie Place and Ashley Place connect to the lake trail. A pleasant two kilometer stroll is around Lake Ida Ann to the trail through Ashley Green Space, north along Millstream Road to Sparrow Green Space and back along the streets in this quiet neighborhood to reach the trail at Jamie Place. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Setchfield Park and Camli Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°30’17”

Ida Ann Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub. Turn left onto Treanor Avenue and look to the right for the roadside parking area. Buses travel along Treanor Ave.

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.

Geographic location N48° 28’42” W123°31’55”

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.

Bear Spirit Green Space

Located on the corners of Players Drive, Spirit Ridge Road and BMP in Langford, BC, this green space is the Bear Spirit Green Space. As a large partially landscaped area, the space provides lovely shades of green to greet those who pass by Players Drive and Spirit Ridge Road. A concrete sidewalk follows the lower perimeter of the green space and leads past the shelter for the postal boxes which are near Quail’s Run. The sidewalk continues to up along the northwest side of Spirit Ridge Road. The rest of this green space natural landscape has Douglas fir and cedar trees with salal, ocean spray, nootka rose and Oregon grape shrubs providing limited ground cover over the terrain. Spirit Ridge Park’s west side borders on this green space. Quail’s Run Park, Spirit Ridge Park, Player’s Park, BMP Park, Bishops Gate Park, Skyline Park and Blue Grouse Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’27” W123°31’05”

Bear Spirit 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 Player’s Drive. The green space is on the right so turn onto Spirit Ridge Drive to find parking. There is limited parking along BMP, Player’s Drive or Spirit Ridge Road near this green space.