Glen Forest Green Space

Glen Forest Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Marked by a historical view point marker, Glen Forest Green Space hosts a bridge over Bilston Creek. A historical marker indicates that the bridge across the creek was initially composed of logs and poles without railings. The Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin is nearby.

Geographical location N48º 23’ 54” W123º 32’ 56”

Glen Forest Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then left onto Glen Forest Way. The green space is immediately after the bridge. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Latoria Creek Green Space

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Latoria Creek Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A community endeavor established a wooden pedestrian bridge across North Latoria Creek to connect Duke Road East with Lower Park Road. Shaded by large big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees, the pathway is about sixty meter long. English ivy and small shrubs for the understory in this ravine. A trail marking post is found at both end of the footpath. North Latoria Creek Park is to the north, across Metchosin Road while Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park is about three hundred meters downslope along Delgada Road.

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Latoria Creek Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Farhill Road. Turn left onto Farhill Road then right onto Lower Park Road. Continue to the small turnabout of Lower Park Road before it curves to become Delgada Road. There is a small marker to indicate the trail. There is limited road side parking near the trail head along Park Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Willing Park

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Willing Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park is named after the pioneering family who moved to this area in the early nineteen hundreds. The park has a oval gravel walking trail, small pond and connections to the neighborhood streets. The one kilometer trail circles through the alder and cedar second growth forest and meadow lands that were cleared for agricultural uses. The Willing Family donated the four of the fourteen hectares that includes Nesbit Creek. There are deer, raccoons, and many birds dwell here. Nisbet Creek flows through the park from the slopes of the Olympic View Golf Course. A smaller intermittent creek flows from the rocky slopes in the Valley View Ponds Park. Nisbet Creek connects with the much larger Pritchard Creek to form Bilston Creek. Bilston Creek connects with Witty’s Lagoon which flows into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A large sediment and detention pond was created along Nisbit Creek to improve the storm water management from the nearby housing developments.  Moss Ridge Park, Valley View Park, A.T. (Tom) Gordon Memorial Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Weaver Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford are nearby.

 

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Willing 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. Follow VMP past the Westshore Mall Complex then make a right turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and continue along to reach Wild Ridge Way. Turn left onto Wild Ridge Road and pass baseball diamond in the AT Gordon Memorial Park on the left. The gardens and Willing Park can be reached from between 946 and 900.  There is roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road and Latoria Road.

 

Alternatively, there is a gravel walking trail into the park from Fredrick Drive via Klahanie Drive from either Latoria Road  or Dickier Road. The park trail is on the right near 656 Frederic Road and before a maintenance gate into Olympic View Golf Course.  There is limited roadside parking this area.

Braeburn Park

Braeburn ParkBraeburn Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, BC. This nature park has a circular walking trail and a small pond that is feed by Colls Creek. The forest is a mixed wetland with cedar and big leaf maple as well as salal, ferns as well as ocean spray and hardhack shrubs. The gravel trail of that circles the pond is about eight hundred meters long and has a couple of foot bridges across the creek. Colls Creek continues flowing southwest to connect with Bilston Creek and Witty’s Lagoon which drains into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The gravel walking trail has branches that connect to Thrush Park and Gala Court, Happy Valley Road, and Braeburn Avenue. Turnstone Park, Willing Park, Luxton Park, Kinglet Park and the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford are nearby,

 

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Braeburn 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 along to reach Happy Valley Road. The park is between Gala Court and Braeburn Avenue on the left side of Happy Valley Road. There is some parking along Baeburn Avenue. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

 

Savory Elementary School Green Space

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Savory Elementary School Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Built in nineteen sixty six, Savory School is named after Lillian Savory, a business woman, teacher and volunteer for education in Langford. The green space has several unique areas to explore as well as an excellent playground and a couple of sport fields. This school ground is available outside of school hours as it is part of the Sooke School District 62. The playground consists of a several swing, slides and climbing bars and ladders. The sports fields are a good size with white goal posts on the ends. A well explored nature area on the eighty-six meter tall hill, also called mini-mountain, lies to the south of the school buildings. The hill has several tall western red cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees as well as ocean spray, ninebark and oregon grape shrubs. A unique feature is the large white covered pedestrian bridge that provides access to the green space from Atkins Road. The bridge crosses over the railway track and Trans Canada Trail. A gated fire road access is from Vantilburg Crescent between 2735 and 2739. The Veteran’s Memorial Park, Chan Streamside Park and Mill Hill Regional Park, are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’56” W123° 29’ 6”

 

Savory Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Continue along the parkway to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream Avenue to Grainger Road. Turn left onto Grainger Road where there is limited parking in this area. A fire road access is from Vantilburg Crescent between 2735 and 2739. City buses travel along Atkins Road and Goldstream Avenue.

 

Ravenview Park

Raven View Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. About a hectare in size, Raven View Park is roughly an L-shaped parkland with a small ephemeral creek. This park borders on private acreages and Mount Well Regional Park. This nature park has several large cedar, Douglas fir and big leaf maple trees and lies on the eastern side of Mt Wells Park. From Raven View Drive, a rough dirt and rock pathway leads down a gravel slope to set of five stairs and on ward to lead across a small wooden bridge. The trail branches and leads along both sides of the into the Douglas fir and arbutus forest. The trails are unsigned although various colors of flagging tape can be seen. Perhaps you spot a raven on your visit in this peaceful park in your backyard. The trail in this parkland does connect with trails in Mt Wells Park as well as pathways in green spaces from Glenshire Drive and Awsworth Road. Irwin Park lies to the northeast.

Geographic location N48° 26’25” W123°32”56”

Raven View Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at West Shore Parkway and turn right onto Amy Road which merges to become Sooke Lake Road. Continue along SLR to turn left onto Humpback Road. Follow Humpback Road up over the railway track turn onto Irwin Road. Continue along Irwin Road and onto Creekside Trail. This road curves up the hill to Raven View Drive. The trail access to the park is marked with a discrete sign. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Irwin Park

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Irwin Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. As part of a former campground, this park has wide trails and recovering clearings as well as a couple of ponds, formed with a couple of dams along Parkdale Creek. A gate house, originally from the campground, lies near the western entrance to the park. The building was restored, notably with fish motifs in the cedar shingles, by students and teachers from the Westshore Center for Learning and Training. Parkdale Creek is part of the Colwood Creek watershed which flows into Esquimalt Lagoon via Glen Lake and Colwood Lake. Humpback Reservoir with a thirty one meter high concrete dam, built and filled in nineteen fifteen, are also part of the original waterway. (This reservoir was filled using the pipeline from Sooke Lake until nineteen seventy and is protected from public usage by the CRD water supply area storage lake.) The creek formed a gully which now has an ephemeral water flow due to the small ponds. These ponds are not for swimming as they are part of a reservoir system with has pump stations and were built, in nineteen seventy one, for the obsolete Humpback Valley Campground. Of the original forty six hectare campground with one hundred and twenty two sites, Irwin Park is about five and half hectares in size. The trail in Irwin Park connects to the West Shore Parkway, near the rugby, football and high school sport fields, over a distance of about a kilometer. The trail varies from concrete slabs to dirt to gravel to asphalt with various degrees of moss growth on the terrain. There is pedestrian bridge across the lower dam while the bridge over the upper dam is closed. Several benches were once strategically placed along the walk way and now provide views of the cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as the ponds. A couple of picnic tables are found near the eastern bridge in a small clearing. This park is frequented by dog walkers, hikers and walkers. It is along the proposed route, for cyclists, as part of the connector trail from the Galloping Goose Trail to the Humpback Connector of the Trans Canada Trail. Mount Wells Park, Goldstream Regional, Harlequin, Cressida and Langford Lake parks are nearby. This is a beautiful place to explore in your backyard.

Geographic location N48° 26’38” W123°32’41”

Irwin Park 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. Turn left onto Humpback Road and continue along to turn left onto Irwin Road. The trailhead is just past the junction with Creekside Terrace which leads to the Raven Estate neighborhood and Lakewood Place. Another access point into the park is from the end of Lakewood Place between homes 2986 and 2987. There is limited roadside parking both areas. The third access point is Parkland Park and across the Parkdale Creek Bridge to reach the trail that parallels the creek into the park. This forested area has been significantly altered due to clear cutting and land clear for roadways and houses.