A.T. Gordon Memorial Park

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is the legacy of volunteer firefighter and gentle man who resided  in Langford: Mister Alexander Thomas Gordon. The park has baseball diamond with chain link fencing, a seasonal concession, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and walking trail along Nisbit Creek. The playground has some climbing apparatus, monkey bars and swings set on a wood chip base. The three hundred meter long walking trail is past the park toward the northeast corner. A few urban trees have been planted in this park including maple and oak. The wind row on the west side has blackberry bushes while the foot path is bordered by alder and cottonwood trees. There are some seasonal wetlands along the footpath and are protected by a short boardwalk and bridge. This park is labeled Valley View Park on some maps. The Galloping Goose Trail – Langford borders on this park.  Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’34”  W123°32’18”

 

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. AT Gordon Memorial P and baseball diamond are on the left where there is small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space

Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This rough seventy meter long footpath from Selwyn Road connects to the trails in Cedar Vale Park. The gravel pathway is border by patches of Himalayan blackberries that grow beside the fences. The trail crosses over the tunnel that protects Mill Stream as it passes under the Trans Canada Highway. Eventually the pathway branches as it reaches Cedarvale Park. There are some tall western red cedar trees that grow along the banks of Mill Stream in Cedarvale Park. The route that continues along toward Jeannie Park is shaded by deciduous trees like cottonwood and big leaf maples as well as a few Garry oak trees. Cedarvale Park, Jeannie Park, Mill Park, Olympia Glacier Green Space and Welwyin Fall Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’26” W123° 29’ 12”

Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south to head toward downtown Langford. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. At the junction with Selwyn Road turn left. Look for the footpath next to the concrete wood-like and chain link fences that lies near the Trans Canada Highway. There is limited roadside parking this area which is beside the Kingdom Hall.

Vista Dawn Green Space

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Vista Dawn Green Space is the gated roadway that connects to a small paved and gravel path and is signed as Vista Dawn Place. The green space has several large patches of Himalayan blackberries and a couple of tall trees. The rough trail along the roadway connects to Amy Road, Amy Pond Park and Lakehurst Park. Lakehurst Green Space, Turner’s Bog Park, Willway Elementary School Green Space, Santana Green Spaces, Robalee Green Space, Harlequin Park and Cressida Park, Goldstream Provincial Park, Irwin Ponds Park and Mt Wells Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’30” W123°32’48”

Vista Dawn Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at the West Shore Parkway and make a right onto Amy Road to pass the gas station. Continue along Amy Road which merges with Sooke Lake Road. Once on Sooke Lake Road make a left turn onto Wells Drive then another left onto Lakehurst Drive. The green space is signed Vista Dawn Place that is hidden in the scotch broom shrubs. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Florence Lake Strachan Trail

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Florence Lake Strachan Trail is an one and half kilometer trail that follows the eastern shore of Florence Lake in Langford, B.C. Florence Lake is a shallow glacial kettle lake that lies on the slopes of Skirt Mountain. There are several view points from along the boardwalk. This section is shades by some large western red cedar and Douglas fir trees. The board walk becomes to a gravel trail and there are a few places to access the water for swimming and wading. The boat launch, for small personal watercraft like kayaks, paddle boards and canoes, has a pier beside it. It is a short stroll from the main trail. There are several benches along the route for rest stops.The gravel pathway traverses through the wetlands on the southeastern end of the lake. Alder dominate the shrubs in this area. A board walk connects the gravel trail to Savory Road along the southwestern side of the lake. The trail parallels Florence Lake Road, Brock Avenue and Springboard Road. The north end of the trail is at (geographic location and the southern end of the trail is at Savory Park.

Geographic location for Florence Lake Park North N48° 27’41” W123°30’45”

Florence Lake Strachan Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at McCallum Road/Spencer Road exit and continue along McCallum Road to reach Brock and Springboard roads. Follow the curve to the right to stay on McCallum Road and then take the curve to the left to turn onto Florence Lake Road. Stay on Florence Lake Road and look for a small parking area, on the left, past the junction with Setchfield Avenue. There is three parking sites at this park and limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Setchfield Avenue.

Florence Lake Pier

The pier and viewing dock at Florence Lake is a great place to explore nature and the outdoors. This park is found in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The pier and view dock are used by fishers and swimmers who enjoy the warm waters of this shallow lake. A small boat launch area is found beside the dock that is used by kayakers, paddle boarders and canoeists. Florence Lake is a shallow glacial kettle lake with a surface area of about eight hectares and average depth about two meters. There is one seasonal tributary, Florence Lake Creek North, providing water flow into the lake from the slopes of Skirt Mountain which lies to the northwest. Florence Lake Creek South drains from the south end of the lake and flows through a series of culverts, mostly under the Trans Canada Highway, until it reaches Mill Stream. The lake had been stocked with rainbow trout for several decades until the water quality was determined to limit fish survival. Florence Lake Park North is a couple of hundred meters north while Strachan Trail is the pathway along the shore. Strachan Trail lies along the eastern shore of Florence Lake and is about a three kilometer return stroll over flat terrain.

Geographic location N48° 27’30” W123°30’39”

Florence Lake Pier and Viewing Dock can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at McCallum Road/Spencer Road exit and continue along McCallum Road to reach Florence Lake Road. Stay on Florence Lake Road and look for a small parking area just past the junction with Shaw Avenue. There is three parking sites at this park and limited roadside parking and it is short stroll to the viewing dock and pier.

Shaw Green Space

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Shaw Green Space is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space is formed from the gravel fire road that connects Shaw Avenue to Florence Lake Road. This ninety meter long pathway is gated at both ends and is near Shaw and Ironwood parks as well as the trail along Florence Lake. There are limited views of Florence Lake from this green space. This route is frequented by dog walkers, hikers and walkers.

Geographic location N48° 27’49” W123°30’35”

Shaw Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left at the log house pub onto Treanor Avenue. Continue along Treanor to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right onto Setchfield Avenue then take the first left onto Shaw Avenue. The park is near the junction of Shaw Avenue with Buckler Avenue. There is limited roadside parking this area.

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.

Geographic location N48° 28’20” W123°31’30”

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.