Helmcken Centennial Park

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Helmcken Park is known as the ball park for fastball and home to the View Royal Fastball teams. This is community athletic park as well as a wonderful family and toddler friendly park in View Royal, B.C. Helmcken Centennial Park has three fenced fastball diamonds, a basketball or multi-purpose court and a tennis court in its two and half hectares. There is also a batting cage and storage shed. The park borders on an indentation of Portage Inlet which is a migratory bird and wildlife area. This tidal area also has a ephemeral creek that drains from the surrounding area. Signage near the White Pine pathway describes the colonial activities on Portage Inlet and the Gorge Water front. This would be an okay site to launch a paddle board, kayak or canoe at high tide as the wetland area can be wide.  The playground has slides, swings, a long tube and climbing apparatus on a gravel base for children of all ages. This is good place for parkour. There is a seasonal concession, a meeting room and toilets in a building that is maintained by the ball team. Native plants along the shore of Portage Inlet include snow berries and rose plants as well as several different grasses to help maintain the integrity of the tidal wetlands. White Pine Road Green Space has a footpath into the park from Werra Road. The green spaces at Stillwater Road, Seabird Place, Thomas Park Drive, Polly Place, Crane Place and Tidewater Road are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 42” W123° 25’ 48”

 

Helmcken Centennial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. Victoria General Hospital is to the north along Helmcken Road. At the traffic circle, exit east toward Helmcken Park and Kingham Place. Stay on Kingham Place to reach the small parking lot beside the park. A second parking area is accessed from further along Helmcken Road closer to the buildings. City busses service the Helmcken Park and Ride parking area near Helmcken Road.

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Thetis Lake Regional Park – Creed Road Trail

A wide gravel footpath from Creed Road leads to Craigflower Creek Trail which is one of many trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park. The Creed Road trailhead is just south a large redwood tree. The trail is lined by a chain-linked fence on the south and a post and wire fence to the north. Cedar and fir trees shade the pathway which leads to several sets of staircases: some steel staircases other parts are older wood-barrier steps. The trail crosses over Craigflower Creek on an aluminum bridge and branches up and downstream along the creek. This creek is habitat for sea-run steel head salmon and feels pristine. This is great walk in your back yard and can be extended as the trail connects southward to Marler Park. Chalmers Court Park, Thetis Lake Park, Craigflower Creek Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123° 27’8”

 

Thetis Lake Regional Park- Creed Road Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and pass under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Creed Road. Continue on along Creed Road to house number 450 and look for a small gravel parking area on the left. The trail is along the fence line for the home numbered 451. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

 

 

Marler Park

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Marler Park has a small toddler friendly playground, a gravel walking trail and a small pond. The park is on an one third of a hectare area in View Royal, B.C. and is part of the Thetis neighborhood.  The playground is set in a pebble and sand base. There is a wooded platform with a roof that can be accessed by stairs, a steep ramp or the double slide. There is also a teeter totter and wobbly toy. A bench is also at this play space. Take a stroll along the trail past the small pond, which is enclosed by a chain-link fence. The foot path branches across Craigflower Creek and continues along the banks of the creek. The aluminum bridge spans across Craigflower Creek  and the trail continues to a series of staircases up to Creed Road. Craigflower Creek provides a home to several insect and fish species such as dragonflies and sea-run steel head salmon. The trail follows along the west bank of the creek and eventually connects with Thetis Lake Regional Park. This park is close to Chalmers Court Park, Thetis Lake Park, Craigflower Creek Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123° 27’16”

 

Marler Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and pass under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Marler Drive. Continue on along Marler Drive past Dorthy Drive. The park is at the end of Marler Drive. There is a small paved parking area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Craigflower Creek Park

Craigflower Creek Park is an one fifth of hectare nature park in View Royal, B.C., along the banks of Craigflower Creek. This is the namesake stream in the two thousand four hundred and twenty four hectare area that forms its watershed. Craigflower Creek, also known as Deadman’s Creek, flows from Fork, Thetis and Prior Lakes to Portage Inlet. The upper sections of the creek are within Mount Work and Thetis Lake Regional Parks while the lower sections pass beside and under the bridges for several roads including Watkiss Way, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal, the Galloping Goose Trail- View Royal, the Trans Canada Highway and Burnside Road West to reach Fort Victoria, View Royal Park and Portage Inlet. Portage Inlet is a shallow saltwater lagoon that connects to the harbour of the City of Victoria along a long narrow inlet called the Gorge. Craigflower Creek Park protects a short five hundred meter section about two and half kilometers upstream. The riparian area around the stream has alder, maple and cedar trees. Himalayan blackberry, oceanspray and smaller shrubs and ferns are also see in this section of the creek. Sea-run cutthroat trout travel upstream to Prior Lake so this small parkland contributes the federally protected fish habitat in Craigflower Creek. Marler Park, Thetis Lake Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 45” W123° 27’ 10”

 

Craigflower Creek Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West which is exit #10 and follow the road as it curves up to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. The park is seen to the right just after Creed Road. There is limited street parking. A city bus route is along Watkiss Way.

 

Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space

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A concrete footpath connects Evelyn Heights to Francis View Drive in View Royal, B.C., forms this green space. While the eighty meter long pathway is bordered by a chain-link fence, shore pine trees and hedges provide shade and color to the pathway. This path is frequented by hikers, dog walkers and other people who enjoy the views to the south. Evelyn Heights Park, with a playground, and Francis View Park, a nature park with a view, are both up the hill. Craigflower Creek Park and Thetis Lake Park are near by.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 58” W123° 26’ 58”

 

Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway or Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West using exit #10 and follow the curve to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. Turn immediately right onto Francis View Drive and look for the footpath between homes 2318 and 2320 or along between homes 2317 and 2319 along Evelyn Heights. There is limited street parking. A city bus travels along Watkiss Way.

Francis View Park

Francis View Park

Francis View Park is located on a ridge and overlooks the Trans Canada Highway, the estuary of Mill Stream in Esquimalt Harbour and southward to the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. The park is under the hydroelectric towers that supply electricity to the substation located in View Royal, B.C. The southern border of the park is along an abbreviated section of Watkiss Way and has a cedar split fence and rock wall. A steep rough pathway leads to the grassy area at the top. This trail is bordered by broom, blackberries and small Garry oak trees. The highest point in the parkland is near the concrete and gravel pathway from Francis View Drive. A small grass covered area is near the bench close to the hydroelectric tower.  Evelyn Heights Park, Burnside Watkiss Park, Eagle View Elementary School Green Space, Burnside Road Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail – View Royal, Craigflower Creek Park and Game Nature Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 59” W123° 26’ 53”

 

Francis View Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West using exit #10 and follow the road as it curves up to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. Immediately turn right to access the homes along the northside of Watkiss Way. There is limited street parking along this section of the road. Alternatively continue along Watkiss Way to reach Francis View Drive. The park is near the top of the hill on the right. There is limited street side parking. A city bus route is along Watkiss Way.