Tanzanita Park

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Tanzanita Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This grass covered park is on a quiet street with a good view to the east. The playground, while small, has equipment that resembles a jeep or wagon with a slide and several way ways to climb up to it. It is set a pebble base. There are no trees to provide shade over the playground. While the park borders on the railway track there is a chainlink fence that limits access down the steep slope to the track. A foopath from the turn-about leads down the slope near the railway track and continues eastward into Edwards Park to eventually connect with Chilco Road in View Royal, B.C. Nugget Park, Crystalview Elementary School Green Space, Ruby Court Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Park, Edwards Park, Country Terrace Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’8” W123°28’18”

 

Tanzanita 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 Atkins Road. Each of these streets are about a block long. Continue along Atkins Road to reach Crystalview Drive which is at the four way stop. Follow Crystalview Drive to reach Tanzanita Place which lies to the right about a kilometer along the road. Turn onto Tanzanita Place and look for the park near the end of this cu-de-sac. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Crystalview Park

Crystalview Park

Crystalview Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park lies along the road right of way for Crystalview Drive to connect with Ruby Court. It also encompasses much the steep slopes on the east side of Mill Hill. Fortunately the gravel connection is a pedestrian walkway up the steep slope. The pathway is about five hundred meters long. A short footpath of this pathway leads into Edwards Park, through an arbutus tree grove to some amazing views of Esquimalt Harbour and downtown Victoria as well as the snow capped peaks of the Olympics and Cascades mountains. This is a lovely place to watch a sunrise over the Capital Regional District, Salish Sea and coastal mountain ranges. Ruby Court Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Elementary School Green Space, Nugget Park, Tanzanita Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’19” W123°28’29”

Crystalview 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. Continue along Atkin Road to reach the four way stop and make a soft turn onto Crystalview Drive. Follow Crystalview Drive to the end. The park is on the left side of Atkins Road. The park can also be access from Ruby Court. There is limited roadside parking.

Crystalview Elementary School Green Space

Crystalview Elementary School Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Surrounded by Douglas fir and Garry oak forests, this two hectare green space is formed by a sport field, play areas and a playground. The grass field is a flat outdoor space in this rather steep sloped neighborhood and is a great place to toss a Frisbee or kick a ball around. The playground is set on wood chips with a slide, monkey bars and climbing apparatus. The play areas are asphalt with white paint outline hopscotch and four corner games. This property is part of the Sooke School District 62 and has limited access during school hours. The green space borders on Mill Hill Regional Park and Millpond Park. Ruby Court Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Park, Nugget Park, Tanzanita Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’11” W123°28’40”

Crystalview Elementary School Green Space 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 to find the yellow gates and sign for the school grounds at 2662. There is limited parking near the school during school hours. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Duffus Trail Park

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Duffus Trail is along the northwest side of the floodplain of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The gravel and grass trail is also bordered by residential homes and a split-cedar fence. The trail from the road is along a twenty meter long concrete pathway between two homes. Then take the four flights of wooden stairs: two with ten steps and two with fourteen steps to the shoreline and pathway. The three hundred meter long gravel and grass pathway follows the shoreline of muddy tidal estuary area of 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 Duffus Trail Park allows you to enjoy views of cedar trees and sword ferns along the southern slopes of the stream. The wetlands near the stream are bordered by several plants like scotch broom and alder trees. Maureen Duffus is an author known for local history of Southern Vancouver Island and raised her family in the area. There are benches along the walkway which makes it a good place to observe local and migratory water birds such as Canada geese, widgeons, gadwell, herons, cormorants, loons, mallards, mergansers and gulls. Burchill Park and Parson’s Access Park is nearby as it is Mill Cove Park and the Galloping Goose Trail.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 18” W123° 27’ 55”

Duffus Trail Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and continue to Atkin Road. Turn left onto Atkin Road then left again onto Anya Lane, marked as a private road. The lane is narrow and winds through the private homes and past the Pollock Farm to reach Anya Court. The park access is between homes 302 and 305. There is limited roadside parking along Anya Court or Anya Lane. City buses travel along the Atkin Road.

Edwards Park

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Edwards Park is a five and half hectare ‘E-shaped’ nature park in View Royal, B.C. It borders on the eastern slopes of the two hundred and two meter tall Mill Hill in Mill Hill Regional Park. It also borders along Crystalview Park which lies within the municipal border of Langford, B.C. Chilco Road divides the middle section of Edwards Park from the playground in Robin Hill Park. Edwards Park has steep slopes covered with mosses, lichen and ferns. Moss covered stumps show it was selectively logged, perhaps around the turn of the twentieth century. Small groves of arbutus trees intermix with towering Douglas fir trees. A one hundred and fifty meter long gravel trail leads from the summit of Crystalview hill from Bamford Court. The view is toward the southeast where the Salish Sea area called Esquimalt Harbour can been seen. Views of the summits of Mount Douglas, Mount Tolmie and Gonzales Hill can also be seen. Mill Hill Regional Park, Chilco Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Thetis Lake Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, The Galloping Goose Trail and Kelvin Grove Park are nearby. The parks within Langford: Crystal View Park, Rudy Crescent Green Space and Tanzanite Park border along Edwards Park. There is also a pleasant three hundred meter pathway on the southern area of Edwards Park that connects Chilco Road to Tanzanite Place. The green space at Crystal View Elementary School is also nearby. This is a popular area for walking in your backyard.

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Edwards 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. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn right onto Six Mile Road then left onto Chilco Road. Follow Chilco Road up the hill and along the curves to Bamford Court. The main trail to the summit is on the right near the turnabout. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Chilco Cheam Green Space

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Chilco Cheam Green Space lies on the north side of Chilco Road near Cheam Road in View Royal, B.C. This is a protected area has two rock walls that form terraces beside part of the road. The upland area has arbutus, Garry oak and Douglas fir trees. Salal, ocean spray and Oregon grape plants are found in the understory of this small green space. The area lies to the northeast of Mill Hill Regional Park in the Chilco Neighborhood of View Royal. The Calypso Trail of Mill Hill Regional Park lies to the north of this green space. Edwards Park, Chilco Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Thetis Lake Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadows Park and Kelvin Grove Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 28’ 10”

Chilco Cheam Green Space can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and turn right onto Six Mile Road. Turn left onto Chilco Road, which is just past the overpass for the Galloping Goose Trail. Although this road continues start turn right on Chilco Road and follow as the road curves around the neighborhood, past Chilco Park. The park is near the junction with Cheam Road. There is limited roadside parking along Chilco or Cheam Road. City buses travel along Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.

Robin Hill Park

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Robin Hill Park is a rocky Garry oak area in View Royal, B.C. At one and a half hectares this park is mostly steep rocky outcrops of granite covered with thick beds of mosses, lichen and ferns. There are some large Garry oak and Douglas fir trees and several moss cover stumps in this park. It was selectively logged in the early twentieth century. Robin Hill Park borders along the paved walkway on Chilco Road, along the turn-a-bout of Kaleigh Avenue and between homes 42 and 27 Carly Lane. Robin Hill Park is immediately east of Edward Park. Tread with care along the trail, that includes several staircases and steps, in this parkland as there is much to be enjoyed. Mill Hill Regional Park, Edwards Park, Chilco Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Thetis Lake Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadows Park and Kelvin Grove Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 28’ 10”

Robin Hill Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and turn right onto Six Mile Road. Turn left onto Chilco Road, which is just past the overpass for the Galloping Goose Trail. Stay on Chilco Road and follow to the end. The park is at the end of the road on the right side of the trail. There is limited roadside parking along Chilco Road. City buses travel along Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.