Fisher’s Pond Park

 

Fisher’s Pond Park is a wetlands area near Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This park is also referred to as Fisher’s Field. The eleven and half hectare parkland is on the eastern side of Mt Wells Regional Park and is mostly surrounded by private single family homes. There is a proposal to create a parkland that will form a partial wildlife corridor from this wetland to the Sooke Hills. This nature park is a wildlife refuge with a gravel walkway to a boardwalk lookout point. The pathway is about one hundred and eighty meters long. Fisher’s Pond is filled by seasonal rainfall and drains towards Parkdale Creek that runs along the north side of the park. Parkdale Creek connects with Glen Lake and is part of the Colwood Creek watershed. The deciduous forest area is filled with alder, salmonberry, hardhack, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for overwintering and breeding waterfowl. Bullfrogs and other animals live in the park amongst the seasonal wildflower such as shooting star, sea blush, skunk cabbage, white fawn lily, common camas, western trillium, western butter cup and fairyslipper or Calypso bulbosa. Irwin Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Chan Hillside Park, Reginald Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’59”  W123°31’41”

 

Fisher’s Pond 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 just past Glen Lake Road. Look for the park entrance between homes 2762 and 2756 Sooke Road.  There is a small gravel parking area near this entrance. There is also easement access to the park from along Glen Lake Road between homes 3150 and 3154. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Glen Lake Road.

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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.

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.

Nicklaus Green Space

Nicklaus Green Space lies immediately across the road from the playground of Nicklaus Park in Langford, B.C. Located in the Bear Mountain neighborhood, Nicklaus Green Space is a nature park on a steep slope of Miniskirt Mountain. Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees are seen in the second growth forest on the hillside. They provide shade to ocean spray, salal, snowberry and scotch broom shrubs. Nature’s Gate Park, Hannington Park, Troon Park, Muirfield Park and Nicklaus Park East are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’21” W123°31’38”

Nicklaus Green Space 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 Nicklaus Drive. Turn left onto Nicklaus Drive. The park is part way up the road across from Nicklaus Park. There is roadside parking.

Bellamy Park TCH

Bellamy Park TCH 2

Bellamy Park TCH is near the Trans Canada Highway at the south end of Bellamy Road. This nature area is along steep slopes of the ravine for 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. There are about five kilometers of Mill Stream within the Langford City boundary most of which has a riparian buffer to protect the water quality of the stream. Mill Stream flows in to Esquimalt Harbour near Price Bay. As a second growth forest area there are Douglas fir, big leaf maple and cedar trees in the park. Tacon, Sunkist, Hansen, Gourman Parks are nearby. Avery Place Trail and Nicki Place Trail to Thetis Lake Park are also nearby. Selwyn Trail lies on the opposite bank of Mill Stream.

Geographic location N48° 27’39” W123°29’27”

Bellamy Park TCH can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and turn left on to Bellamy Road. Continue to the end of the road. There is limited parking near the park. City buses travel along Bellamy Road and Treanor Road.