Metchosin Cricket Park

 

The Metchosin Cricket Park is in Metchosin, B.C. The park has a grass cricket field with the hard packed cricket pitch in the center. A cedar hedge forms the western and southern perimeters of the field. A rough roadway is found on the northern side. A gazebo provides a good view point and is near the eastern side of the pitch.  The Riding Green Space, Bike Park, Hillman Green Space and the Galloping Goose Trail-Metchosin are nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 43” W123º 32’ 9”

Metchosin Cricket Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn right onto Happy Valley Road. Continue along Happy Valley Road to reach the cricket pitch which lies behind the municipal hall and the firehall on Happy Valley Road. There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

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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.

Geographic location N48° 28’51” W123°31’14”

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.

Burnside Gorge Community Center Green Space

Burnside community center roof strawberries at Burnside community centerAt 471 Cecelia Road is the Burnside Gorge Community Center, a modern building with roof top gardens and the Marilyn Arkell Preschool Playground. It is nestled on the ridge of Cecelia Creek and next to Cecelia Ravine Park. The playground has limited access during school hours. The roof top gardens are elaborate and include signage to help share knowledge of green living techniques. A unique clay wall mural depicts the Burnside Neighborhood is located on the wall of near the entrance off the parking lot. The popular hiking, walking and cycling trail,  the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, is found at the bottom of Cecelia Ravine Park and leads to Cecelia Cove Park and Viaduct Park. Tom Arkell Trail is also found along Cecelia Creek. Burnside Community Campus Green Space is located closer to Jutland Road. This is a beautiful place.

 

Geographic coordinate N48° 26’ 37” W123° 22’ 33”

 

Burnside Community Center Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn west onto Finlayson Street and continue across Douglas Street and Burnside Road. Take the next right onto Cecelia Road and continue to the junction with Napier Lane. A city bus travels along Gorge Road East from downtown.