Jeanine Place Green Space

Jeanine Place Green Space is a nature area in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space is a linear half an hectare area that protects the riparian zone of Mill Stream. There is limited access along its steep forested slopes. Cedarvale Park is immediately upstream and has several picnic tables along the footpath through it. Jeanine Park and Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space are nearby.

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

Jeanine Place Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. Follow the roadway then turn right onto Selwyn Road. Take the first left onto Mill Hill Road and then another left after crossing over the small bridge over Mill Stream. The green space extends along the right side of Jeanine Place where there is roadside parking.

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Cedarvale Park

Cedarvale Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. A section of Mill Stream lies within this parkland which also borders on the Hwy1 and the Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space. 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. There is about five kilometers of Mill Stream that lie within the City of Langford. A large sign for Cedarvale Park lies near the eastern junction of Jeanie Place and Mill Hill Road and is bordered by cedar hedge trees. The gravel trail for the park is on the other side of the hedge. Along the trail there are several large western red cedar trees and a large big leaf maple tree. The footpath is frequented by walkers, hikers and dog walkers who enjoy walking along bank of Mill Stream. A trail meanders along the creek with several picnic tables with views of the waterway. The trail connects to the trail that leads toward Jeanie Park along the Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space.

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

Cedarvale Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. Follow the roadway then turn right onto Selwyn Road. Take the first left onto Mill Hill Road and then another left after crossing over the small Mill Stream bridge. The sign for the park is on the left which is also where roadside parking, along Jeannie Drive, can be found.

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.

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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.

Trans Canada Highway Pedestrian Green Space

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The two kilometer pedestrian walkway along McCallum and Leigh roads, south of Florence Lake, connects the north and south neighborhoods of Langford, B.C. The Trans Canada Highway Pedestrian Green Space was formed with the road construction for the Bear Mountain housing projects that created a bridge for pedestrians and vehicles over the highway. The walkway is along a concrete sidewalk that parallels the roadways. A tall barrier fence thwarts humans from crossing the highway at the original intersection for Spencer Road. The green space that parallels McCallum Road to the junction with Leigh Road has several tall Douglas fir trees in the forest areas while boulevard was planted with maple and horsechestnut trees. The pathway continues over the TCH along Leigh Road, past Spencer’s Pond Park, to reach Goldstream Avenue. The route can reached from Springboard Place and the Florence Lake Strachan Trail.

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Trans Canada Highway Pedestrian Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at McCallum/Savory Road/Brock Road Exit (#15) and follow the road to turn west then north onto McCallum Road. The Shell Service Station is at this junction besides a Subway and office building. The road curves around a wetland area of Florence Lake and head up a slight slope to reach the junction with Savory Road. Turn right onto Savory Road where there is limited roadside parking this area. The pedestrian pathway parallels McCallum Road.

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.

Highlands Valley Loop

The Highlands Valley Loop is a designated cycling trail in the District of the Highlands, B.C. The mountain bicycle trail is accessed from the Bear Mountain Village in Langford, B.C. It is one of several trails intended for training for the Cycling Canada Mountain Bike Team that is also family oriented. This five kilometer loop is incorporated into and around the eighteen hole Valley Golf Course of Bear Mountain. Most of the cycling loop is through second growth Douglas fir, arbutus and small shrubs. There is a good wonderful view toward the Coast Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea from along the trail. The route crosses over a small season creek. The Bear Mountain Bike Park is along this route which passes along Hannington Road and under the hydro towers. The Hub, located in the North Langford Athletic Center, has further information about the trails in this area.

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Highland Valley Loop 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 Country Club Way where the North Langford Athletic Facility and the Hub are found at 1907 CCW. The trail starts behind the building near the Finlayson Skills Area and the Bear Finlayson Trail. There is parking in the village area.

Players Drive Park

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