Fisher’s Pond Park

 

Fisher’s Pond Park is a wetlands area near Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This park is also referred to as Fisher’s Field. The eleven and half hectare parkland is on the eastern side of Mt Wells Regional Park and is mostly surrounded by private single family homes. There is a proposal to create a parkland that will form a partial wildlife corridor from this wetland to the Sooke Hills. This nature park is a wildlife refuge with a gravel walkway to a boardwalk lookout point. The pathway is about one hundred and eighty meters long. Fisher’s Pond is filled by seasonal rainfall and drains towards Parkdale Creek that runs along the north side of the park. Parkdale Creek connects with Glen Lake and is part of the Colwood Creek watershed. The deciduous forest area is filled with alder, salmonberry, hardhack, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for overwintering and breeding waterfowl. Bullfrogs and other animals live in the park amongst the seasonal wildflower such as shooting star, sea blush, skunk cabbage, white fawn lily, common camas, western trillium, western butter cup and fairyslipper or Calypso bulbosa. Irwin Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Chan Hillside Park, Reginald Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’59”  W123°31’41”

 

Fisher’s Pond 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 just past Glen Lake Road. Look for the park entrance between homes 2762 and 2756 Sooke Road.  There is a small gravel parking area near this entrance. There is also easement access to the park from along Glen Lake Road between homes 3150 and 3154. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Glen Lake Road.

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Flute Lane Park

Flute Lane Park 5Flute Lake Park is in the Langford Lake area of Langford, B.C. This small waterfront park is accessed from a small gravel parking area along Leigh Road. The gravel foot path to the water is about one hundred and thirty meters. Arbutus and Douglas fir trees are found in this park which is surrounded by private homes. A short section of chain-link wire fencing forms a barrier along the upper section of the park which is covered with grass. Seven rock covered concrete steps lead to the lower grass covered area along the shore. A short dock from the shoreline connects to the concrete wharf to provide access to deeper water. The beach is a small gravel and grass area about ten meters long. It would be possible to launch a personal water craft from the beach. At the moment, dogs are allowed in this park in the winter months. The Ed Nixon Trail, along Leigh Road, passes beside this park. Centennial Park, Spencer Middle School Green Space, Shelby Park, Le Quesne Park and City Center Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’53” W123°31’9”

 

Flute Lane Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue on Leigh Road and look for a small parking area between and in front of homes 2866 and 2878. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

 

Lillian Hoffar Park, North Saanich

Lillian Hoffar Park sign Lillian Hoffar Park 1Donated by the Hoffar family in 1978, the one and half hectare property provides access to the foreshore area Tsehum Harbour. The view is toward Curtis Point and out to the Salish Sea and islands. The roadway to the property is bordered by blackberries and alder trees. As you reach the property, named Windward by the Hoffar family, you start to get enticing glimpses of the waters through the mature forest of cedar, Douglas-fir and Arbutus trees. The property was a homestead and boat yard for many years.  There is evidence of a lawn with fruit trees and garden beds as well as foundations of the buildings. The shoreline is mostly rocky and some coarse pebbles yet the breakwater, that extends into Mill End of Tsehum Harbour, is a fun place to walk along if you have good balance. There are also shells and organic debris piles located near the shoreline indicating earlier usage of this property by the Tseycum First Nations. The waterfront has a couple of benches and picnic tables which are useful for observing the birds and other marine life of waters in Tsehum Harbour Bird Sanctuary. This is peaceful urban parkland.

Geographic coordinates N48° 40′ 08″ W123° 25′ 02″

You can reach Lillian Hoffar Park from Pat Bay Highway. Before you reach the ferry terminal turn right onto McDonald Park Road and then left at the signage for the park into a small parking lot. An information sign is beside the parking area. The barrier marks the original driveway to the property. A city bus travels along McDonald Park Road past this park.