Shelby Park

Shelby Park beach

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.

Setchfield Park

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