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Wilfert Park

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Wilfert Park is nature area along the south side of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. It is about one third of a hectare. This park is partially forested and decommissioned agricultural area along the south side of the ravine along Mill Stream. This park form part of the riparian area along Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. A visit to Wilfert Park allows you to enjoy cedar trees and sword ferns along the floodplainof the ravine. The wetlands near the stream have skunk cabbage and other wetland plants. There are no formal trails in this nature park. Kelvin Grove Park and the Duffus Trail are across Mill Stream. Mellor Park and Lilm Kiln Park are nearby. Mill Stream Park, in Langford, is west.

Geographical location N48° 26’ 57” W123° 28’ 2”

Wilfert Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next right onto Wilfert Road. This is not a through road but it can also be access from the west side near Nob Hill Road and Mill Stream Park in Colwood. Continue to along Wilfert Road as it curves behind the casino. There is limited parking along Wilfert Road. Wilfert Park is reached by strolling about two hundred and fifty meters along the service road from end of Wilfert Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Knockan Hill Park, View Royal, B.C.

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Knockan Hill Park is a Garry oak meadow with several footpaths that circle around and lead to the viewpoints from the rocky summits of Knockan Hill. The word “knockan” is from an anglicized interpretation of the Salish word “ngu’kan” or the Gaelic word “cnocan.” Both words describe a rocky hill. This park is managed cooperatively between the Town of View Royal and the Municipality of Saanich. The split cedar fence along High Street trailhead encourages hikers and pets to stay on the trails while enjoy the spring time flowers of the chocolate, white fawn and camas lilies. There are arbutus, cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as oceanspray, Oregan grape, blackberry and snowberry bushes on the slopes of Knockan Hill which is about 83 meters high. The park can be accessed from several roadways in Saanich such as from along Helmcken Road, Burnside Road West, Jean Heights Place or Tree Place as well as from the end of Mildred Street. Tawny Park, Welland Legacy Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Chancellor Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28 8.3” W123° 25’ 14.7”

Knockan Hill Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road West. Take the second left onto High Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West.

Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society have a map and further information on this park.