Mellor Park

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Mellor Park is a long narrow water front park in View Royal, B.C. It borders on the south shore of Equimalt Harbour near the mud flats and estuary of Mill Stream. Douglas fir and cedar trees stand tall in the parkland. A crushed granite rock trail leads to the ridge overlooking the mudflats and water. The trail is used as a roadway by the proximal neighbors. The waterfront below the ridge is marshlands and is a difficult access along a decommissioned rock staircase. This one quarter of a hectare parkland is near Lime Kiln Park.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 16” W123° 27’ 31”

Mellor 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 left onto Hart Road. The park is on the left. There is limited roadside parking along Hart Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

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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.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 23” W123° 28’ 24”

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.

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.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 10” W123° 28’ 55” parking lot

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.

Jalan Park

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique hilltop areas with views of Fisgard Lighthouse, forest areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places. Jalan Park is landscaped neighborhood park in View Royal, B.C. Located near the thirty two meter high summit of a granite outcrop, Jalan Park has a view to the south toward Price Bay, Cole Island and Esquimalt Harbour as well as views to the east toward Mt Douglas and Mt Tolmie in Saanich. At nearly one tenth of a hectare this small oasis has a fruit tree, several shrubs and a rocky terraced lawn area. It is good place to enjoy a refreshing view. The park is bordered by family homes and a residential complex each with their own distinct fence. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Garry Oak Meadow Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 29” W123° 27’ 36”

Jalan 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. Turn right onto Six Mile Road and look for the Damon Drive to the right. Turn up the hill onto Damon Drive then turn right onto Jalan Place. The park is on the left side of Jalan Place. There is limited parking in this hilltop neighborhood. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Island Highway.

Parson’s Bridge Park

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Parson’s bridge is part of the Island Highway that crosses over the waters Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The bridge was built in the mid eighteen hundreds by the owner of the Six Mile Pub, which lies to the northwest. Bill Parson purchased the land which included a pub from John Fenton, a millwright, in eighteen-forty-eight. The Tudor- style pub and restaurant has photos of these early years and is a good place for a meal and drink. The parkland is a narrow strip along the north shore of Price Bay and has foot path with several wonderful view points over the estuary and Esquimalt Harbour. Price Bay provides habitat to numerous shorebirds as well as eagles, ospreys and swans. River otters and seals have also been seen. Parson’s Bridge Park is a unique place with a gazebo, several arbutus and fir trees along the rough gravel walkway. Benches are also found along the walkway. The Water’s Edge, A sixty-nine unit residential complex, borders the inland area of the park; it was built in the early nineteen eighties. The park can be reached by the concrete staircase along the northeast side of the bridge or from the staircase at the end of Dukrill Road. The trail is about eight hundred and fifty meters long and makes a pleasant outing in your backyard. Jalan Park, Dukrill Road Green Space, Burchill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park and the Galloping Goose – Trans Canada Trail – View Royal are all nearby.

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Parson’s Bridge Park can be reached 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. Turn to the left onto Dukrill Road using the turning lane; this will be the second left turn. The green space is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. Short term parking may be available near the CRD offices. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Alternatively, continue along the Island Highway to Six Mile Road. Turn into the parking area for the pub and Buddy Road. Parking is available in Six-Mile Pub. Cross at the lights. From the north end of Parson’s Bridge the walkway extends between the Waters Edge residential development and the upper reaches of Esquimalt Harbor.

Dukrill Road Green Space

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Dukrill Road Green Space provides access to the waters of Esquimalt Harbour in View Royal, B.C. Enjoy the lovely view across Price Bay to the heritage site on Cole Island. This green space has a series of concrete staircases that lead to the sheltered Price Bay. The gravel access, at the corner of Dukrill Road and Buddy Road, has a tall arbutus tree to mark the route. From the ten meter ridge, the thirty-eight step set of staircases, with paired wood handrails, lead down to the shoreline. The main pathway leads southward along the shore and is bordered by a green chain and post fence. The trail follows the shoreline about twenty-five meters to connect with the pathway in Parson’s Bridge Park. There are a few rocky beach areas, suitable to bird watch yet most of the shoreline is very muddy as it is part of the tidal estuary of Mill Stream. A four step granite and concrete staircase leads to a small gravel beach, accessible at low tides. Price Bay provides habitat to numerous shorebirds as well as eagles, ospreys and swans. River otters and seals have also been seen. Price Road Green Space is nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 27” W123° 27’ 22″

Dukrill Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Dukrill Road using the turning lane; this will be the second left turn. The green space is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. Short term parking may be available near the CRD offices. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Price Road Green Space

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The Town of View Royal, BC, has some unique waterfront beach accesses with views of forested areas, watery reefs and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State in the distance. This is one of those amazing places although the view changes considerable depending on the tide. Price Bay is a shallow bay that forms a shallow estuary for Millstream Creek. The bay is part of Esquimalt Harbour. The pathway includes two sets of ten concrete staircases that lead from the roadside leads to the muddy beach. The route passes a pump station. It would be possible to launch a kayak, paddle board or personal water craft when the tide is high. A stroll along the beach about fifty meters to the left leads to Price Bay Park. Duckrill Road Green Space and Waters Edge Walkway are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 27’ 19”

Price Road Green Space 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. Turn to the left onto Price Road, the very first left turn. If you miss that one take the next left onto Duckrill Road and double back. The green space is at the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along the Island Highway.