Bellbarbie Green Space

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Bellbarbie Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The area is covered with grasses and a few scotch broom shrubs. Near Standlund Avenue a couple of street trees have been planted. Ivy has grown over the tall concrete highway fence and added good color to the area. Bellbarbie Green Space has a paved path and tunnel that allows bicycles to pass under the on ramp from Millstream/Veterans Memorial Parkway while traveling on the Trans Canada Highway. The concrete tunnel is lit and connects with Strandlund Avenue at Bellbarbie Crescent. From here the path reconnects to the highway or provides the option of taking several roads to reach the Galloping Goose Trail or the Via Rail Trail. Both cycling trails are best reached from exiting the freeway on the next off ramp just past Mill Hill.

Geographic location N48° 27’24” W123° 29’ 39”

Bellbarbie Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south to head toward downtown Langford. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. Turn left onto Bellbarbie Crescent and look for the green space directly across Strandlund Avenue. There is limited roadside parking along either road. City buses travel along Standlund Avenue and Selwyn Road.

Strandlund Green Space

Strandlund Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space has a two hundred and fifty meter long gravel footpath that parallels Strandlund Avenue to the bicycle underpass tunnel near Bellbarbie Crescent. Bellbarbie Green Space, Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space, Toth Green Space and Cedarvale Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’22” W123° 29’ 47”

Strandlund Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south to head toward downtown Langford. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. The green space parallels the roadway on the left, where limited roadside parking.

Proposed E & N Rail Humpback Connector Trail

The Humpback Connector Trail is proposed as part of the Trans Canada Trail that parallels the E&N Railway track from Victoria, B.C. Currently a rough foot path lies along the rail treads, as might be expect. The two and half kilometers from Langford Lake to Humpback Road, in Langford, B.C. passes beside several housing areas and a couple of parklands. This section of the TC rail trail continuation will eventually connect to Shawnigan Lake and northward on Vancouver Island. As well, the proposed trail branch will connect from the Galloping Goose Trail via Fisher’s Field Park, wetlands that lie along Glen Lake Road, and through Irwin Park, which lies along Parkland Creek, and through the northern section of Mt Wells Regional Park. The proposed Humpback Connector Trail is about three kilometers from junction of the GGT near Sooke and Glen Lake roads. Both routes are planned to use existing roadways and pathways through Douglas fir, Garry oak and arbutus forests along the eastern slopes of Mt Wells and shoreline of Langford Lake.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’15” W123°33’11”

 

The proposed E&N Rail Humpback Connector Trail 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 look for the railway just past the Douglas fir heritage trees along Humpback Road. There is limited roadside parking this area.

 

Information about the Trans Canada Trail Humpback Connector can be found at the CRD https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/e-n-rail-trail as well as Trans Canada Trail http://tctrail.ca/explore-the-trail/

Bear Mountain Bike Park

Bear Mountain Bike Park is located in the Bear Mountain area of Highlands, B.C. With set hours of business and a fee to access, the trails justify the grounds of operation for this mountain bike park. The bike park is the base for Cycling Canada Mountain Bike Team and this is one of several sites designed for cycling. Enjoy the beginners’ Teddy Bear Loop and Cub Trail with various log rides, skinnies, rollers and beams. With black diamond names like Grizzly and Kodiak trails, experienced riders have access to jumps with gaps of over two meters and steep slopes that provide challenging chances at balancing, jumping and turning. More information about this bike park is found at Bear Mountain dot ca slash bike. The Highlands Valley Trail, Canada Cup Trail and Skirt Mountain Lookout trails are also mountain cycling routes that are nearby. The Bear Finlayson Trail, Highland Valley Loop, Canada Cup Loop, Finlayson Skills Area, Hannington Park and Muirfield Place Green Space are nearby. These areas are frequented by walkers, hikers and dog walkers.

Geographic location N48° 28’51” W123°31’14”

Bear Mountain Bike 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 Country Club Way. While the mountain bike course is located along Hannington Road in the Highlands, riders collect their pass from The Hub in the North Langford Recreation Center located 1907 Country Club Way. There is parking in the village area.

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.

Geographic location N48° 28’42” W123°31’55”

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.

Goldstream River Provincial Park

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Goldstream River Provincial Park

Atkins Chilco Pathway

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The Atkins Chilco Pathway is a pedestrian walkway under the Via Rail track in View Royal, B.C. Decorated with eleaborate images, the the nineteen-sixteen tunnel connects Atkins Road with Chilco Road near Thetis Vale Green Space. Chilco Park, Duffus Trail Park, Edwards Park, Robin Hill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Atkins Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Mill Hill Regional Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 28’

Atkins Chilco Pathway can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road then left onto Chilco Road. Look for the first pedestrian crossing on Chilco Road to find this outdoor art deco. City buses travel along Atkins Road.