Ed Nixon Trail – Langford Lake Park

The Ed Nixon Trail lies along the southern half of Langford Lake in Langford, B.C. This trail is within Langford Lake Park and is about two kilometers in lenght. The trail is extended by including pathways that parallel Goldstream Avenue and Leigh Road to create a four and half kilometer circle route. This footpath is wheelchair accessible over rough gravel with several portions as elevated boardwalks. The boardwalks are over wetland that help to protect marshlands found along the trail. The marsh lands include skunk cabbage, spirea, sedges, willows and several grasses. The trail is shaded by tall Douglas fir trees, as well as a few cottonwood and cedar trees. A stroll along the pathway allows connection to several other Langford Lake Parks: Lakeshore Place Park, Shelby Park, Flute Lane Park, Le Quesne Park and Leigh Beach Park.

 

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The Ed Nixon Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream Avenue to reach a large parking area. The Trans Canada Highway once exited onto Goldstream Avenue in this area (but is now closed).  The trail is to the southwest or left as your enter the parking area. This is a good staging area for larger groups using the pathway. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

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Porcher Park

Porcher Park is in the downtown area of Langford, B.C. Several tall Douglas fir trees form the second growth forest of the parkland which is completely surrounded by residential homes. The access to the park is limited due to the neighboring fences along the homes of Brock Avenue, Strathmore Road, Wren Place and Scafe Road. Sunderland Peatt Green Space, Arnote Park, Sunderland Deville Green Space, Ruth King Elementary School Green Space and Peatt Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’9” W123° 30’ 4”

 

Porcher Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road/Veterans Memorial Parkway and head south to reach Goldstream Avenue. Turn right onto Peatt Road then right onto Brock Ave. Make a left onto Scafe Road and then a left onto Wren Place. Unfortunately, the park access is blended into the fence line of 826 Wren and 2732 Scafe Road. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Peatt Avenue and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.

Jeannie Park

Jeanine Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. At one third of a hectare, Jeanine Park has a grass covered area with a perimeter formed by cottonwood trees. This park borders along Hwy 1 and has a gravel footpath that extends along the highway right of way. The right branch of this footpath extends about fifty meters up a slight slope and onward to a small turnabout surrounded by western red cedar trees. The trail to left leads toward Cedarvale Park and Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space. This gravel and dirt trail divides again with the left side zigzagging down the slope of Mill Stream into Cedarvale Park while the right branches passes very close to Hwy 1 and eventually reaches Selwyn Road near the Kingdom Hall.

Geographical location N48° 27’26” W123° 29’ 12”

Jeanine Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. Follow the roadway then turn right onto Selwyn Road. Take the first left onto Mill Hill Road and then another left after crossing over the small bridge over Mill Stream. Turn left onto Jeanine Drive and continue along to reach the small white post that indicates the footpath beside the park. Jeanine Park is on the right. There is limited parking in this area.

Mount Wells Regional Park

Mount Wells Regional Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. There are two view points from the summit both with excellent views to the east toward Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Mt Baker in Washington State. Mount McDonald lies to the immediate west of Mt Wells and is part of the Sooke Hills Wilderness Park. The park is about one hundred and twenty three hectares of steep terrain with second growth Douglas fir trees. The main trail in the park is well trodden trail and about one and half kilometers long. This dirt and rock path leads to the three hundred and fifty two meter summit of Mt Wells. The trail starts at the parking area on Humpback Road near the Humpback Reservoir. The Sooke Flowline, an old one and half meter diameter water pipe is along the route and there are a couple of sets of staircases with about seven steps a piece. Once you are east of Humpback Road the trail is challenging. There are several steep sections through the ferns, salal and ocean spray plants that grow in the Douglas fir and Garry oak forest. The trail over the exposed granite rocks, in the upper section on the northwest side of the mountain, is bordered with metal and chain fencing to help protect the slopes from errant hikers. The summit has some grass covered areas that grow on a thin layer of soil; trod with care. Arbutus trees and a few manzanita shrubs can also be found along the slopes. There are camas, shooting stars and stain flowers growing in the spring time, as well as, if you tread with care, prairie lupines. The smaller knoll near the summit of Mount Wells is at about two hundred and ninety meters while the peak for the mountain is another three hundred meters southward. Mount Wells can also be accessed the trail from Raven View Park. Several parks like Cressida, Harlequin, Amy Pond and Turner’s Bog are near by as are several smaller green spaces in the Goldstream neighborhood.

Geographic location N48° 26’52” W123°33’17”

Mt Wells Regional 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 reach Humpback Road. Follow Humpback Road past the junction with Irwin Road and look for the parking lot on the left. Humpback Road is rather narrow and winds through the area to connect with Sooke Road. There is limited roadside parking this area.

The Capital Regional District website has information and a map for Mount Wells and several good guide books contain information about this large park.

Irwin Park

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Irwin Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. As part of a former campground, this park has wide trails and recovering clearings as well as a couple of ponds, formed with a couple of dams along Parkdale Creek. A gate house, originally from the campground, lies near the western entrance to the park. The building was restored, notably with fish motifs in the cedar shingles, by students and teachers from the Westshore Center for Learning and Training. Parkdale Creek is part of the Colwood Creek watershed which flows into Esquimalt Lagoon via Glen Lake and Colwood Lake. Humpback Reservoir with a thirty one meter high concrete dam, built and filled in nineteen fifteen, are also part of the original waterway. (This reservoir was filled using the pipeline from Sooke Lake until nineteen seventy and is protected from public usage by the CRD water supply area storage lake.) The creek formed a gully which now has an ephemeral water flow due to the small ponds. These ponds are not for swimming as they are part of a reservoir system with has pump stations and were built, in nineteen seventy one, for the obsolete Humpback Valley Campground. Of the original forty six hectare campground with one hundred and twenty two sites, Irwin Park is about five and half hectares in size. The trail in Irwin Park connects to the West Shore Parkway, near the rugby, football and high school sport fields, over a distance of about a kilometer. The trail varies from concrete slabs to dirt to gravel to asphalt with various degrees of moss growth on the terrain. There is pedestrian bridge across the lower dam while the bridge over the upper dam is closed. Several benches were once strategically placed along the walk way and now provide views of the cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as the ponds. A couple of picnic tables are found near the eastern bridge in a small clearing. This park is frequented by dog walkers, hikers and walkers. It is along the proposed route, for cyclists, as part of the connector trail from the Galloping Goose Trail to the Humpback Connector of the Trans Canada Trail. Mount Wells Park, Goldstream Regional, Harlequin, Cressida and Langford Lake parks are nearby. This is a beautiful place to explore in your backyard.

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Irwin Park 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 continue along to turn left onto Irwin Road. The trailhead is just past the junction with Creekside Terrace which leads to the Raven Estate neighborhood and Lakewood Place. Another access point into the park is from the end of Lakewood Place between homes 2986 and 2987. There is limited roadside parking both areas. The third access point is Parkland Park and across the Parkdale Creek Bridge to reach the trail that parallels the creek into the park. This forested area has been significantly altered due to clear cutting and land clear for roadways and houses.

Sooke Lake Road Green Space, Langford

The Sooke Lake Road Green Space in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space parallels the road in the form of a concrete, gravel and dirt footpath under some very tall Douglas fir trees. The three hundred meters trail starts at the Goldstream Inn and continues to the CRD business house. Initially, the trail is part of the concrete sidewalk then becomes a gravel and dirt pathway that meanders through the trees. This is great place to see some big trees along a relatively quiet section of Sooke Lake Road. Willway Elementary School Green Space, Humpback Road Park, Cressida Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Provincial Park and several other green spaces are nearby.

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Sooke Lake Road Green Space 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. Park in front of the inn at Humpback Road and look for the trail to the right. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Citation Green Space

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Citation Green Space is along the gated paved section of Citation Road in Langford, B.C. The seventy meter long pathway is frequented by dog walking, hikers and walkers as it connects with McCallum Road. Blackberries are found along the border of this green space which also has a small Douglas fir tree forest to the south. There are arbutus trees, ocean spray and snow berry shrubs found near this green space. Cavalcade Green Space, Cavalcade Park and Florence Lake – Strachan Trail are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’23” W123°30’23”

Citation Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Savory Road/Brock Road Exit and follow the road to curve eastward around Florence lake. Turn right onto Citation Road and look for the fire road at the junction with Secretariat Way. There is limited roadside parking this area.