A.T. Gordon Memorial Park

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is the legacy of volunteer firefighter and gentle man who resided  in Langford: Mister Alexander Thomas Gordon. The park has baseball diamond with chain link fencing, a seasonal concession, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and walking trail along Nisbit Creek. The playground has some climbing apparatus, monkey bars and swings set on a wood chip base. The three hundred meter long walking trail is past the park toward the northeast corner. A few urban trees have been planted in this park including maple and oak. The wind row on the west side has blackberry bushes while the foot path is bordered by alder and cottonwood trees. There are some seasonal wetlands along the footpath and are protected by a short boardwalk and bridge. This park is labeled Valley View Park on some maps. The Galloping Goose Trail – Langford borders on this park.  Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’34”  W123°32’18”

 

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. AT Gordon Memorial P and baseball diamond are on the left where there is small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

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Fisher’s Pond Park

 

Fisher’s Pond Park is a wetlands area near Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This park is also referred to as Fisher’s Field. The eleven and half hectare parkland is on the eastern side of Mt Wells Regional Park and is mostly surrounded by private single family homes. There is a proposal to create a parkland that will form a partial wildlife corridor from this wetland to the Sooke Hills. This nature park is a wildlife refuge with a gravel walkway to a boardwalk lookout point. The pathway is about one hundred and eighty meters long. Fisher’s Pond is filled by seasonal rainfall and drains towards Parkdale Creek that runs along the north side of the park. Parkdale Creek connects with Glen Lake and is part of the Colwood Creek watershed. The deciduous forest area is filled with alder, salmonberry, hardhack, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for overwintering and breeding waterfowl. Bullfrogs and other animals live in the park amongst the seasonal wildflower such as shooting star, sea blush, skunk cabbage, white fawn lily, common camas, western trillium, western butter cup and fairyslipper or Calypso bulbosa. Irwin Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Chan Hillside Park, Reginald Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’59”  W123°31’41”

 

Fisher’s Pond Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue just past Glen Lake Road. Look for the park entrance between homes 2762 and 2756 Sooke Road.  There is a small gravel parking area near this entrance. There is also easement access to the park from along Glen Lake Road between homes 3150 and 3154. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Glen Lake Road.

Nugget Park

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Nugget Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. There are post boxes at the base of the park with landscaped split-cedar fencing, grass and street trees. The exposed granite and metamorphic rocks are topped with arbutus trees and small Douglas fir trees. This steep park lies on one tenth of a hectare and has enticement for free climbing with its rocky slopes. Of course this is prohibited. The view from the top of the park, access from Goldstone Heights, is of the peaks in the Sea to Sea Regional Park Reserve and Mount Wells Regional Park which lie to the west. Ruby Court Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Elementary School Green Space, Crystalview Park, Edwards Park, Tanzanita Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’6” W123°28’32”

 

Nugget Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkin Road. At the four way stop, make a soft turn onto Silverstone Way and continue up the hill past the school yard to the junction of Nugget Terrace with Ruby Court. Turn left to continue a short distance up the hill along Ruby Court. The park is behind the post boxes which are on the right side of the road. City busses travel along Atkins Road.

Millpond Park

Millpond Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park borders on Mill Hill Park and Crystalview Elementary School Green Space. A second growth Douglas fir and

garry oak forest lies on the southeastern side of the hill at about one hundred and fifty meters above sea level. A small ephemeral pond is found in the park. A gravel footpath in Millpond Park connects to the school grounds and Mill Hill’s Auburn Trail. Crystalview Park, Nugget Park, Tanzanita Park, Galloping Goose Trail and Selica Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’9” W123°28’43”

Millpond Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkin Road. At the junction of Atkin Road with Millwoods Court turn left to head up the hill. Take the left side to continue on Millwood Court and look for the park and trail between homes 2667 and 2671. This park can also be accessed from Crystalview Elementary School Green Space. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Ravenview Park

Raven View Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. About a hectare in size, Raven View Park is roughly an L-shaped parkland with a small ephemeral creek. This park borders on private acreages and Mount Well Regional Park. This nature park has several large cedar, Douglas fir and big leaf maple trees and lies on the eastern side of Mt Wells Park. From Raven View Drive, a rough dirt and rock pathway leads down a gravel slope to set of five stairs and on ward to lead across a small wooden bridge. The trail branches and leads along both sides of the into the Douglas fir and arbutus forest. The trails are unsigned although various colors of flagging tape can be seen. Perhaps you spot a raven on your visit in this peaceful park in your backyard. The trail in this parkland does connect with trails in Mt Wells Park as well as pathways in green spaces from Glenshire Drive and Awsworth Road. Irwin Park lies to the northeast.

Geographic location N48° 26’25” W123°32”56”

Raven View 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 turn left onto Humpback Road. Follow Humpback Road up over the railway track turn onto Irwin Road. Continue along Irwin Road and onto Creekside Trail. This road curves up the hill to Raven View Drive. The trail access to the park is marked with a discrete sign. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Cressida Park

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Cressida Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. At nearly half a hectare, the park has small grass covered area that surrounds a concrete pathway around the playground equipment. The playground is set in a pea gravel base. A roundabout is found here and can be useful to teach children about G-forces. There are a couple of regular swings and a tire swing. The play set is a wooden series of boardwalks to a low platform. This park is shaded by big leaf maple trees to the south and the heritage Douglas fir trees to the east. The rows of Douglas fir trees, eighty six trees in total, were planted in during the late eighteen hundreds along what is now Humpback Road. Parallel rows of trees were planted to welcome patrons to the Goldstream Hotel, first built in eighteen eight six, which had a boardwalk that connected the hotel to the railway line. Cressida Park borders along the E&N Railway, which is proposed as a section of the Trans Canada Trail. Gold Stream Provincial Park, Harlequin Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’19” W123°33’11”

Cressida 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 look for the park to the right at 2900 Humpback Road. Cressida Park can be reached from Cressida Crescent between 2919 and 2917. There is limited roadside parking both areas.

Humpback Road Park

Humpback Road Park

Humpback Road Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. It parallels the roadway with the tall Douglas fir trees and include a couple of these trees that were planted in eighteen eighty-six. Mister Phair, proprietor of the Goldstream Hotel, created a welcoming route with eighty-six fir trees planted along the boardwalk that lead to the hotel and trails along Goldstream River. The hotel burnt down in nineteen twenty three and the current building, with Ma Miller’s Pub, lies across the street from the original structures. Many of the fir trees have been removed due to their height which makes them vulnerable during high winds. Humpback Road Park also has an arbutus tree and smaller shrubs. This park can be part of a walking route in the neighborhood which includes Sooke Lake Road Trail and Henson Trails. Gold Stream Provincial Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Cressida Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’26” W123°33’12”

Humpback Road 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 look for the park to the right near the junction with Cressida Crescent. There is limited roadside parking this area.