Bowker Creek Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Bowker Creek originates near Cedar Hill Golf Course and Shelborne Street; its watershed encompasses over one thousand hectares including waters that drain from Mount Tolmie and parts of the University of Victoria. The creek is not visible at Shakespeare Street and Hillside Avenue as it flows southeast towards Beach Drive. The streets and avenues of Oak Bay and Victoria often cover this urban creek as it makes its way toward the ocean. Bowker Creek is visible as it passes by several schoolyards: Richmond Elementary School, Oak Bay Secondary High School, and Glenlyon School. This creek empties into the ocean at south end of Willows BeachPark near Glenlyon School. Only a short section of the creek has been developed as a public walkway. The walkway starts near the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road and continues in a southeastern direction towards Oak Bay High School. The walkway stops near the Oak Bay Fire Department as the creek is underground until it passes by Fireman’s Park and ball diamond. This sections of the creek borders on the Oak Bay informal garden beds on Monteith Street. The creek is bordered by private property until it reaches Beach Drive near the Glenlyon Nothfolk School grounds and reaches the ocean. Ducks and other waterfowl can frequently be seen in the creek. If you go there in the spring, you may even see some ducklings. The walkway continues east toward the ocean. You follow the creek behind the schoolyard and walk eastward for about 20 minutes. If you continue to walk to St. Ann Street turn left and continue your walk around the corner to the Fireman’s Park.
Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35” W123º 18’ 27”
Bowker Creek Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to the Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left onto Cadboro Bay Road and then right to park at the Oak Bay Recreation Center or continue along to Oak Bay Secondary School off Cadboro Bay Road. The pathway can be accessed both places. Several buses provide service to different sections of the creek.
Glen Forest Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Marked by a historical view point marker, Glen Forest Green Space hosts a bridge over Bilston Creek. A historical marker indicates that the bridge across the creek was initially composed of logs and poles without railings. The Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin is nearby.
Geographical location N48º 23’ 54” W123º 32’ 56”
Glen Forest Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then left onto Glen Forest Way. The green space is immediately after the bridge. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.
Valley View Pond Park is located in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The footpath in this path is along a small creek that flows from the Olympic View Golf Course. A series of small ponds and small earth dams makes the parkland unique. There are cottonwood and cedar trees in the park as well as many shrubs such as blackberries, ocean spray and hardhack. The footpath is about four hundred meters long and connects with the turnabout at the end of Wild Pond Lane and Wild Country Lane. The elevation change is slight. Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Loma Linda Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 24’32” W123°32’11”
Valley View Pond Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. Continue past the park and baseball diamond that is on the left and look for Wild Berry Bend at the traffic circle. The park trail is seen on the right side across from 982 and to the left of 979 Wild Ridge Way. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.
Ernhill Park is in the Braemar Heights neighborhood of Langford. B.C. This eighth of a hectare parkland has a swing set and climbing equipment for children. The playground is set in a pea gravel base. A partial fence lines the east and south sides of the parkland. A small stream flows in the southern side of the park toward Firehall Creek and Bilston Creek. The small stream eventually leads into the ocean waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The stream is shaded by cottonwood trees. A footpath from the west side of Ernhill Park connects to Isabell Avenue. Ed Fisher Memorial Park, Glen Cove Park, Glen Lake Park, Cy Jenkins Trail, Galloping Goose Trail – Langford, Isabell Green Space, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space and Weaver Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 26’7” W123°31’5”
Ernhill 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 along to reach Jacklin Road. Turn left onto the upper section of Jacklin Road and look for Ernhill Drive on the right. The park is located at the junction of Ernhill Drive and Southglen Drive. There is a small gravel parking area near the Ernhill Park. City buses travel along Jacklin Road.
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.
Setchfield Park is nature park with walking trails in the Bear Mountain and Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Tall cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees are found in this second growth forest. Several old stumps that support large trees can be seen along the four hundred meter long loop trail. Salal and ocean spray bushes have filled in the areas where the light can reach the forest floor. Sword ferns and alder trees grow along Gardner Creek and along the slopes of the ravine. The park can be accessed from along Bear Mountain Parkway, just across from Longspur Drive. The pathway connects to the sidewalk near the green pump station building. The park can also be reached from the end of Gannet Court and from near the junction of Setchfield Avenue with Shaw Drive. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Ida Ann Lake Park, Shaw Park, Arngask Park, Harrow Gate Park, Bishops Gate Park and Gannet Court Green Space are nearby. Geographic location N48° 28’4” W123°30’21” Setchfield Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Follow Treanor Avenue past Lakewood Elementary School to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right on Setchfield Avenue and look for the trail access near the junction of the road with Shaw Avenue. There is parking along the roadway. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.
Ecole Millstream Elementary School is located in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The school was built in nineteen fifty nine and is part of the Sooke School District number sixty two. The green space is about one and half hectares in size and dominated to two large grassy fields with goal posts at the ends. The two playgrounds are at opposite ends of the green space. Asphalt along the sides of the school building is painted with hopscotch and four square games. The basketball court is at the back of the school grounds near a playground. Benches are found throughout the green space. The playground near the front of the school has climbing apparatus with several platforms. Use the climber’s slope, fireman’s pole, spiral bars, curved monkey bars. A yellow double slide is separate as are the swings. The set at the back of the school has swings and climbing apparatus. There are raised garden beds near the school. Mill Stream flows along the back of the school grounds separated by a chain link fence and the Millstream Creek Trail. 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. Goldie Park, Millstream Creek Park, Millstream Creek Trail, Thetis Lake Park and Selwyn Road Park are nearby. This is an excellent green space to enjoy after school.
Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°29’47”
Ecole Millstream Elementary School Green Space 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 Hoy Lake Avenue. There is parking along the school grounds beside Hoy Lake Avenue. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.