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White Pine Road Green Space is a pedestrian pathway from White Pine Road to Helmcken Centennial Park in View Royal, B.C. This thirty meter long concrete pathway is between homes 156 and 160 and is bordered closely by a chain-link fence. This pathway provides access to the playground and three fenced ball diamonds as well as to a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park Drive, Seabird Park, Midwood Place Green Space Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 37” W123° 25’ 54”
White Pine Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road. Turn left onto Werra Road and follow the road as it curves and dips along the residential homes. Look for White Pine Road to the left. There is limited roadside parking along Werra Road near White Pine Road while White Pine Road has several signs that warn of removal of improperly parked vehicles. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.
Fentress Road is the southernmost road of North Saanich as it lies along the border of Central Saanich. It runs east to west. This green space is the road right-of-way for Fentress Road and contains a gravel footpath. The six hundred meter pathway passes between the old daffodil fields of Vantreight Farms and the residential area of Sansbury in North Saanich. Douglas fir and cedar trees form a shady canopy over the footpath. The understory is mixed shrubs and blackberry bushes. This pathway is frequented by dog walking and hikers. This green space is close to Quarry Park, Gulf View Picnic Grounds, Dominion Brook Park and John Dean Park.
Geographic coordinates N48° 36′ 43″ W123° 24′ 17″
Fentress Road trail can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road past the Panorama Recreation Center on the right and continue past the Center for Plant Health. Turn left down Leal Road, a small road across from Barrett Drive on East Saanich Road. Turn right onto Emard Terrace and look for the hiking marker at the end of Emard Terrace. There is limited roadside parking along Emard. The trail can be also picked up just off Central Saanich Road as its name changes to Bourne Terrace, from the end of Ebor Terrace, from along Aldous Terrace, and from the end of Moxon Terrace. Alternatively, walk down Leal Road from the city bus that travels along East Saanich Road.
Tumbo Place Green Space is a workout! Seventy-seven steps up the concrete staircase to a terrific view of North Saanich from Park Pacific Terrace. The views are to the north at the Victoria International Airport and Salt Spring Island. If the day is clear it is possible to see the mountains in West and North Vancouver too. Good distractions as you climb the stairs. The neighborhood is also beautiful as the pathway connects to John Dean Park, Texada Terrace and Dunsmuir Lodge green spaces. The pathway is shaded by Douglas-fir trees and bordered by a cedar hedge.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 39″ W123° 27′ 37″
We can get to Tumbo Place Green Space from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road then right onto Forest Park Drive. Panorama Leisure Center is on the right and the elementary school yard is the left. Continue up Forest Park Drive and turn right onto Cresswell Road. As we near the end of Cresswell Road turn left onto Tumbo Place. The steep staircase is on the right of the cul-du-sac. Alternatively, catch a city bus to this green space from along East Saanich Road and walk up the roads.
Enjoy a brief respite by strolling along this hundred and fifty meter pathway in this quiet residential North Saanich neighborhood of Bazan Bay. The green space is bordered by cedar hedgerows and fences. This green space contains a gravel pathway that connects the residential neighborhood along Mainwaring Road to East Saanich Road. The trail leads a pedestrian crossing over East Saanich Road near Graham Road. Balsam Park is short distance up Graham Road and Dickson Avenue Green Space is also nearby.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 57″ W123° 25′ 5″
Mainwaring Road Green Space can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, the unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Continue along McTavish Road and turn at the first road to the right. Once on Mainwaring Road look for the trail on the left, just past Finlay Lane. There is concrete barrier painted yellow near the gravel trail. There is roadside parking along Mainwaring Road.