Glen Cove Park

boardwalk on Glen Lake east end

Glen Cove Park is in Langford, B.C. This park lies on the south side of Glen Lake. This nature park has the wetlands and outlet of Glen Lake which flows toward Colwood Creek and can only be accessed from trails that lead into the park. A feature in this parkland is the boardwalk that connects the Galloping Goose Trail with the Cy Jenkins Trail.  The Cy Jenkins Trail leads from Loch Glen Road and continues south to the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford. Alder, salmonberry, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees fill the deciduous forest area. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for butterflies and overwintering and breeding shore birds and waterfowl. Glen Lake is part of the Colwood Creek Watershed and collects water from Humpback Reservoir and Irwin Ponds which are connected by Parkdale Creek. This watershed has an area of 1194 hectares including storm drains in the surrounded communities. Eventually the waters from Glen Lake reach the Salish Sea as the lake drains into Colwood Creek on the eastern shore. The lake has a surface area of about seventeen hectares and lies at an altitude of sixty-seven meters. The beach area is good launching personal watercraft like canoe, paddle boards and kayaks. There is an aeration system in the lake which helps support a healthy water quality for the small mouth bass, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. The latter two species have been released into the lake since the nineteen eighties.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’7”  W123°31’4”

 

Glen Cove 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 Kelly Road near the south end of the shopping area. Cross over Jacklin Road to reach Jenkins Road. Turn left onto Glen Lake Road and continue to the end. A pedestrian access in found between homes.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Jacklin Road.

Stoneridge Wetland Park

Stoneridge Wetland Park, View Royal

Stoneridge Wetland Park has a small open waterway surrounded by cattails, sedges and aquatic grasses with the riparian vegetation of ash, hardhack, Nootka rose and other shrubs. This wetland is filled by precipitation and storm drain run-off from the Stoneridge residential area. The run-off is treated with a simple filtration system before entering the marsh. The park provides nesting sites for mallard ducks, Canada geese, northern pintail, hooded merganser and bufflehead as well as cedar waxwings, blue heron, owls, ravens and woodpeckers. A split cedar rail borders the one hundred and eighty meter long gravel pathway along the southern side of the wetlands. The pathway connects the bus stop along Watkiss Way to both Stoneridge Drive and Place. There are a couple of benches along the pathway. Aldersmith Park, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Game Road Park, Eagle Pacific Park, Chancellor Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail and Eagle View Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 60” W123° 26’ 19”

 

Stoneridge Wetland Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) to the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue and turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue to Stoneridge Drive which turns right into the residential area. Stay right, again, onto Stoneridge Place. The park is at the end of the road where there is a small parking area. City buses travel to near this parkland along Watkiss Way.