Sunny Green Space

 

Sunny Green Space is a strip of green space in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space provides access up a steep slope and is about two meters wide. It is about one hundred and fifty meters up the steep slope using one hundred and sixteen steps up from King George Terrance to Denison Road. The concrete staircase permits a climb up about forty meters and  is uneven in sections. Garry oak trees and small shrubs line the pathway. The Sunny Green Space provides a wonderful workout with a vista reward at the end as Walbran Park is just across the Denison Road and Gonzales Hill Regional Park is further west along Denison Road.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 40”  W123º 19’ 5”

Sunny Green Space 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Beach Avenue. Turn right onto Beach Avenue then make a right onto Sunny Lane. The pedestrian trail is on the left with a sign that says pathway to Walbran Park. There is limited parking in this residential area.  City busses travel close to this park.

Oak Bay Greater Victoria Library Green Space

 

The Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space contains an inviting perimeter floral area for the building that also houses the Monterey Recreation Center. The parking area is shaded by several large Garry oak trees. There is a hundred meter long concrete walkway that connects Monterey Avenue to Hampshire Road. The pathway is through the middle of the parking area then along the south side of the building.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 32”  W123º 18’ 51”

Greater Victoria Public Library Green Space 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Oak Bay Avenue. Continue along the shops to reach Monterey Avenue. There is a small parking area and street parking. City buses travel along Oak Bay Avenue.

Woodburn Green Space

Woodburn Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of the thirteen regions in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. An asphalt foot path, a hundred and ten meters long lies along southwest perimeter of Uplands Golf Course. The pathway is border by Garry Oak trees and the fences or hedges of the properties. The pathway leads to Woodburn Avenue between homes 3121 and 3131. This walkway is a wonderful way to see the golf course and the Henderson neighborhood of Oak Bay. Wessex Green Space, Camosun Green Space, Uplands School Green Space and Henderson Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 45” W123º 18’ 55”

Woodburn Green Space can reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the highway as it become Douglas Road. Turn onto Hillside Road to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue for several blocks as it eventually turns into Lansdowne Road near the Lansdowne Middle School. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach the perimeter of the Uplands Golf Course. There is a pedestrian cross walk located here. There is limited parking along Lansdowne Road and Larkdowne Road. City buses travel along Foul Bay and Cadboro Bay roads.

Mount Ash Park

 

Mount Ash Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small park provides a wonderful view over the western region of Metchosin from an elevation of two hundred and twenty meters. Nestled along the rocky slopes of Mount Ash, the trail is a steep climb on the granite gneiss bedrock. The narrow park is surrounded by homes and owners who value their privacy. Matheson Lake Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, East Sooke Regional Park, Matheson Lake Trail and the Liberty-LeBonne trail are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 24” W123º 35’ 50”

Mount Ash Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Drive and continue to Le Bonne Road. Look for the access to Mount Ash Park near home number 5245. Walk along the driveway of this home to reach the trail marker for the steep ascent to the summit. There is limited parking along the roadside.

Ron Weir Green Space

Ron Weir Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Mr. Wier grew up in the Metchosin area since his great grandparents arrived in the mid eight-teen hundreds on the third voyage from Britain of the barque rigged Norman Morison. This trail celebrates his passion for the historical and ecological values of this area and long heritage of care for livestock. This narrow green space has a four hundred meter long single track footpath that connects from William Head Road to Pearson College Drive. The gravel and woodchip pathway is marked by trail posts at both ends and borders along the fence line of homesteads in this waterfront community. Sandgate Green Space, Pearson College Green Space and the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 17” W123º 32’ 53”

Ron Weir Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along toward Pearson College to reach Sandgate Road. Turn left onto the road. Park near the junction with WHR. The trail is across the road and up the hill about 100 meters. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Devonian Regional Park

Devonian Regional Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This ocean front park was acquired from the Devonian Foundation Alberta, formed by the lawyer, oil man and philanthropic Eric Harvie, and the provincial government in 1980. It is one hundred and thirty five square kilometers of forest area with Sherwood Pond providing a wetland oasis amongst the Douglas fir and Garry oak woodlands. The kinglet, great horned owl and pileated woodpecker might be sighted in the park. This wildlife sanctuary is tucked into the gently rolling landscape between Metchosin farms. A bridle trail lies along the southern perimeter of the park. There are parking and picnic areas. Sherwood Creek flows into the pond and acts as guide for the well-trodden footpaths. The Douglas fir and arbutus trees in the park can be explored by strolling along the gravel trails. The main trail leads through the forest about twelve hundred meters to reach the cobble and pebble Taylor Beach that lies on Parry Bay. The beach overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Witty’s Lagoon can be reached by strolling along the water eastward along Taylor Beach. The distance is about six kilometer round trip. Taylor Green Space is about five hundred meters eastward along the waters edge. At the park entrance is a small parking area with toilets. Benches can be found in this park too.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 57” W123º 32’ 32”

Devonian Regional Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road past the junction with Happy Valley Road. The name changes to William Head Road. Continue along until you see the signpost for the park on the left. There is small parking area. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Madrill Green Space

The Madrill family of My Chosen Café, Pizza, Sugar Shack and the Critter Corner provided the name for this connector trail. Madrill Green Space is in Metchosin, B.C., a coastal community in the Greater Victoria Regional Area. The green space is a two hundred and thirty meter connector trail from the cricket pitch near Happy Valley Road to along William Head Road. The trail is a rough grassy covered trail with a slight slope to William Head Road. The green space is bordered by cedar hedge trees and a wire and wooden fence along a grass field. This is a terrific place to stretch your legs after enjoying a snack or meal at My Chosen Café venues or after watching a cricket game, horse event or other community events hosted by the District of Metchosin. The Cricket Park, Bike Park, Metchosin Riding Ring and museum are nearby. Hillman Green Space, Sea Bluff Park and St Mary’s Green Space are also nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 40” W123º 31’ 56”

Madrill Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road. Continue along Happy Valley Road and look for the school building on the left. There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

Glen Forest Green Space

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.

Hillman Green Space

 

Hillman Green Space is in the District of  Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The bridle and pedestrain trail borders along the western side of the Metchosin Golf and Country Club greens. The trail is shaded by small shrubs and a few older Douglas fir and cedar trees. Fenced pastures for chickens, dogs, horses, cattle and sheep form the eastern border along the narrow green space. A wooden pedestrian bridge, Mac Page Bridge, crosses over Bilston Creek. This creek has a watershed area of 3154 hectares and transports water from the slopes of Mount Wells and Triangle Mountain into the Salish Sea at Witty’s Lagoon.  A unique bench, dedicated to Mac Page, lies near the bridge. It provides a terrific spot for respite and for a moment to enjoy the sound the creek. The dirt and gravel footpath is about one thousand meters long and connects Hillman Road with Pears Road. The Galloping Goose Trail and Witty’s Lagoon Park are nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 21” W123º 33’ 33”

Hillman Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to each Happy Valley Road. At the junction with Rocky Point Road and Hillman Road make a left turn onto Hillman Road. The road is a rough dirt road and the trail access is at the end where there is limited parking. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

Tower Point Regional Park

 

Tower Point Regional Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is part of the Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park that it is connected only at low tides from the sandy beach of Parry Bay. The estuary of Biltson Creek is a natural division between the two areas. There are views to the south and east ocean area called the Strait of Juan de Fuca and snow covered peaks of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. Tower Point Park has a one kilometer walking trail along its perimeter with a variety of viewpoints. The gravel and grass covered trail from the parking lot is bordered by Himalayan blackberry bushes with the occasional garter snake. The pathway leads to an open meadow field with a selection of trails to explore the area. Head to the immediate left (eastward) to take tour of the rocky shoreline of Tower Point. The pathway leads to the Douglas fir and garry oak trees that border the shoreline. The rocky shore line is formed from pillow lava exposures. These pillow basalts are echoed on the nearby islets to the east and south. Arbutus trees and smaller shrub like snow berries, oceanspray and hardhack are seen along the shoreline as well.  This section of the park has picnic tables and benches in few places. The toilets are in the forest grove.  Bradene Green Space is nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 13” W123º 30’ 29”

Tower Point Regional Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Olympic View Drive. Turn onto Olympic View Drive and look for the parking area on the left. The trail is across the grass area. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.