Shelby Park

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Shelby Park is in the Langford Lake area of Langford, B.C. This lakefront park is about a quarter of a hectare in size and has a gravel access to the lake through a grove of Douglas fir, arbutus and cedar trees. The narrow sandy beach has rock wall along the high water level to limit erosion of the shoreline. There is just enough space, due to the metal handrail along the rock wall, to launch a personal watercraft like a kayak, board or canoe. This park is exposed to westerly winds. Shelby Park is a good spot to enjoy Langford Lake waters. There are picnic tables and benches. A temporary washroom can be found here seasonally. The park also hosts a pump station for the area with a small grass covered area under the grove of trees. The Ed Nixon Trail, along Goldstream Avenue, passes beside this park. Spencer Middle School Green Space, Langford Lake Park North, Centennial Park, Flute Lane Park and City Center Park are nearby.


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Shelby Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. The park is on the left at Shelby Lane. There is three parking area on the right on Shelby Lane. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

Nature’s Gate Park

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Nature’s Gate Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. It lies on the northwestern slope of MiniSkirt Mountain which was once three-hundred and eleven meters high. This four hectare parkland is surrounded by residential homes with views of Bear Mountain Golf Resort with Mount Finlayson providing the background to the west. The view to the east is of Mount Baker part of the Coastal Mountains in Washington State and the communities of View Royal, Saanich and Victoria are to the north and east. The gravel foot path from Nicklaus Park leads to a well trodden dirt and gravel trail that traverses back and forth over the steep slopes west side of Miniskirt Mountain. There are groves of arbutus, Douglas fir and cedar trees along the pathway. Take care to remain on the switchback trail and use the frequently staircases made of rock (and partially covered with moss) to maintain the integrity of the park. The steep slopes in this park and sparse understory make for pleasant walk through a second growth forest. This is a unique urban forest lies below the clear-cut housing landscape on the summit of Miniskirt Mountain. This park borders on Nicklaus Park and Nicklaus Park East. Rockhampton Park and Navigators Green Space are nearby.

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Nature’s Gate 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 Players Drive. Turn left onto Players Drive then right onto Spirit Ridge Drive. Continue along Spirit Ridge Drive to reach Nature’s Gate. The access trail is at the end of the road where there is limited parking. The park can also be access from trails along Nicklaus Drive, the footpath in Nicklaus Park and from Navigators Green Space.

Skirt Mountain Lookout Trail

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Skirt Mountain is a three hundred and forty two meter high peak near Mount Finlayson, which stands at four hundred and fifteen meters. The trail to the summit follows the proposed route for the Bear Mountain Parkway and roadways for about five kilometers. The route is partially paved yet mostly loose gravel and bedrock. The panoramic view from the summit is amazing. With the Olympic and Coastal Mountain ranges providing a backdrop for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait, the communities in the Capital Regional District are on display. The trail is part of the development for Bear Mountain Village and the route follows the planned roadway with the proposed lots. The Hub located in Bear Mountain Village is the base for Cycling Canada Mountain Bike Team and this is one of several trails used for cycling.

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Skirt Mountain Lookout Trail 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 the barrier near the end of road. The trail is on the east side of the asphalt and head south along the roadway. There are parking areas on both sides of the road.

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.

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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.

Bear Spirit Green Space

Located on the corners of Players Drive, Spirit Ridge Road and BMP in Langford, BC, this green space is the Bear Spirit Green Space. As a large partially landscaped area, the space provides lovely shades of green to greet those who pass by Players Drive and Spirit Ridge Road. A concrete sidewalk follows the lower perimeter of the green space and leads past the shelter for the postal boxes which are near Quail’s Run. The sidewalk continues to up along the northwest side of Spirit Ridge Road. The rest of this green space natural landscape has Douglas fir and cedar trees with salal, ocean spray, nootka rose and Oregon grape shrubs providing limited ground cover over the terrain. Spirit Ridge Park’s west side borders on this green space. Quail’s Run Park, Spirit Ridge Park, Player’s Park, BMP Park, Bishops Gate Park, Skyline Park and Blue Grouse Park are nearby.

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Bear Spirit Green Space 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 Player’s Drive. The green space is on the right so turn onto Spirit Ridge Drive to find parking. There is limited parking along BMP, Player’s Drive or Spirit Ridge Road near this green space.

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Wilfert Park

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Wilfert Park is nature area along the south side of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. It is about one third of a hectare. This park is partially forested and decommissioned agricultural area along the south side of the ravine along Mill Stream. This park form part of the riparian area along Mill Stream. 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. A visit to Wilfert Park allows you to enjoy cedar trees and sword ferns along the floodplainof the ravine. The wetlands near the stream have skunk cabbage and other wetland plants. There are no formal trails in this nature park. Kelvin Grove Park and the Duffus Trail are across Mill Stream. Mellor Park and Lilm Kiln Park are nearby. Mill Stream Park, in Langford, is west.

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Wilfert Park 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. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next right onto Wilfert Road. This is not a through road but it can also be access from the west side near Nob Hill Road and Mill Stream Park in Colwood. Continue to along Wilfert Road as it curves behind the casino. There is limited parking along Wilfert Road. Wilfert Park is reached by strolling about two hundred and fifty meters along the service road from end of Wilfert Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Mill Hill Regional Park

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Mill Hill stands two hundred and two meters above sea level and lies within the parkland called Mill Hill Regional Park in View Royal, B.C. As a regional park since nineteen eighty, this park is kept by the Capital Regional District which has a large fenced yard with several maintenance buildings within the parkland. The main parking area and trails are in Langford, B.C., where the partially paved trail (an old fire road), called Auburn Trail, leads to the top of the hill. There are toilets and picnic tables near this parking area. The Auburn Trail skirts the south and western slopes. The east side of the park is within View Royal and is bordered by Edwards Park and several private properties. This northeastern slope of Mill Hill is accessed using Calypso Trail. The Calypso Trail, about two kilometer trail long, is a rough pathway along Hwy1 and becomes a woodland trail as it climbs to the summit to connect with Auburn Trail. Douglas fir, arbutus, western red cedar and garry oak trees are seen along the trail. Near the summit are several shallow wetlands, moss covered rocks and small meadow areas where big-leaf maple, red alder are seen. Salal, Oregon grape and other small shrubs are seen in the park. Near the junction of the two trails are the concrete foundation blocks of the nineteen fifty eight fire lookout tower. A rock cairn with brass direction location lines on its surface lies near the concrete blocks. Calypso Trail then continues to the parking lot down a steep section on the eastern side of the hill. The park has several ecosystems along its slopes although most have been modified over the past hundred years to meet the needs of the area. Along the lower northeastern section of the Calypso Trail, beside Hwy1, pick some Himalayan blackberries in the late summer. A stroll along the forested section of this trail, in the springtime, reveals the small wildflowers like camas, white fawn lilies and fairyslippers (Calypso bulbosa), the namesake of this trail. A visit to this seventy-one hectare parkland is worthwhile and easily explored as a walk in your backyard.

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Mill Hill Regional Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1, and is located at 490 Atkins Road. Exit from Hwy1 to reach the Island Highway and turn right onto Six Mile Road. Continue along Six Mile Road just after the Galloping Goose Trail overpass, turn left onto Atkins Road. The park entrance on the right is on the right and is along a curve of the road in this quiet urban neighborhood. A second road to the right provides access to the maintenance buildings that are within the chain-link fenced area of the park. A large paved parking area is near the park buildings while a much larger gravel area is within the fenced area. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

There are several documents on the ecosystems within Mill Hill Regional Park.