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Craigflower Creek Park

Craigflower Creek Park is an one fifth of hectare nature park in View Royal, B.C., along the banks of Craigflower Creek. This is the namesake stream in the two thousand four hundred and twenty four hectare area that forms its watershed. Craigflower Creek, also known as Deadman’s Creek, flows from Fork, Thetis and Prior Lakes to Portage Inlet. The upper sections of the creek are within Mount Work and Thetis Lake Regional Parks while the lower sections pass beside and under the bridges for several roads including Watkiss Way, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal, the Galloping Goose Trail- View Royal, the Trans Canada Highway and Burnside Road West to reach Fort Victoria, View Royal Park and Portage Inlet. Portage Inlet is a shallow saltwater lagoon that connects to the harbour of the City of Victoria along a long narrow inlet called the Gorge. Craigflower Creek Park protects a short five hundred meter section about two and half kilometers upstream. The riparian area around the stream has alder, maple and cedar trees. Himalayan blackberry, oceanspray and smaller shrubs and ferns are also see in this section of the creek. Sea-run cutthroat trout travel upstream to Prior Lake so this small parkland contributes the federally protected fish habitat in Craigflower Creek. Marler Park, Thetis Lake Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 45” W123° 27’ 10”

 

Craigflower Creek Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West which is exit #10 and follow the road as it curves up to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. The park is seen to the right just after Creed Road. There is limited street parking. A city bus route is along Watkiss Way.

 

Tseycum Reserve Green Space, North Saanich

Tseycum Reserve Trail bridgeA flat gravel trail alongside a lovely creek makes up the Tseycum Reserve Green Space. Bordered by a long cedar hedge and fencing for the estates to the east, the pathway connects John Road with Munro Road. There is a small green metal bridge across Wsikem (Tseycum) Creek which drains into Patricia Bay near Munro and West Saanich roads. A ten year old stream stewardship program started a riparian area rehabilitation for the hopeful return of chum fry that were released into Wsikem Creek. This program seems to be in stasis as the creek appears overgrown from the bridge.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 39’ 44″ W123° 26′ 39″

You can get to Tseycum Reserve Green Space from Pat Bay Highway.  Follow the highway out to Sidney and turn left at Beacon Avenue and continue as the road curves to become McDonald Park Road. At the intersection turn left onto Mills Road and continue along to the rise in the hill and turn right onto Wilson Road. Take Wilson Road to the junction with Munro Road. Turn left on to Munro Road and look for the trail marker beside the pump facility on the right. There is limited roadside parking.