Cedarvale Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. A section of Mill Stream lies within this parkland which also borders on the Hwy1 and the Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space. 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. There is about five kilometers of Mill Stream that lie within the City of Langford. A large sign for Cedarvale Park lies near the eastern junction of Jeanie Place and Mill Hill Road and is bordered by cedar hedge trees. The gravel trail for the park is on the other side of the hedge. Along the trail there are several large western red cedar trees and a large big leaf maple tree. The footpath is frequented by walkers, hikers and dog walkers who enjoy walking along bank of Mill Stream. A trail meanders along the creek with several picnic tables with views of the waterway. The trail connects to the trail that leads toward Jeanie Park along the Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space.
Geographic location N48° 27’26” W123° 29’ 12”
Cedarvale Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. Follow the roadway then turn right onto Selwyn Road. Take the first left onto Mill Hill Road and then another left after crossing over the small Mill Stream bridge. The sign for the park is on the left which is also where roadside parking, along Jeannie Drive, can be found.
At just over two hectares, Pemberton Park has a bit for everyone: forest trails, playground, baseball diamond with large backstop and bleachers as well as toilets. The southeastern side of the park has pathway through the Douglas fir, big leaf maples and horse chestnut trees. There are several berry bushes including a few blackberries, snow berries and salmon berries. The large grassy field is use by the Bays United Football Club and Beacon Hill Little League Baseball; check their websites to find out when games are hosted at the park. The playground has double sets of toddler and child swings. Set in the sand base is a wooden climbing structure with a curly slide and monkey bars. This park is popular with families, dog walkers, hikers and sport supporters. This park is currently an off leash park for dog. The park was named for the civil engineer and surveyor JD Pemberton of the mid eighteen-fifties. He held title to land that included nearly all of Oak Bay and much of Fernwood. Pemberton Park is close to Glenlyon Norfolk School Green Space, Wilmer Green and Maddison Green. The Chandler Gonzales Pathway, across Gonzales Road, leads south toward Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space. A few blocks further are Gonzales Beach and Gonzales Hill Regional Park. This is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 7” W123° 19′ 44″
Pemberton Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Richmond Road. Turn left onto Richmond Road then right onto Richardson Street. The park is on the junction of Richardson and Gonzales Avenue. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road between downtown and the University of Victoria.