Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail

Mitchel Park with Seabluff Trail is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Long time Metchosin residents, Geoff and B.H. Mitchell donated the narrow strip of land to form Mitchell Park.  The park hosts a grass and dirt trail through an active grazing field and a grove of Douglas fir trees. There are three memorial plaques commemorating Mr. Mitchell, Ms. Sonja Young and Mr. Gord Reimer. Many of the bridle trails throughout Metchosin were established due to the efforts of the horsewoman Ms. Young. Metchosin Search and Rescue was founded by Mr. Reimer and his honoring bench is located a terrific view point among the Douglas fir trees in the parkland. The Seabluff Trail consists of a one hundred and one kilometer rectangular-shaped trail. The length of one perimeter lies along the ridge of the fifty meter high cliffs and provides fantastic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in the State of Washington.  The trail leads around an open field that is not part of the parkland so refrain from letting dogs roam freely. The southwestern section of the trail is through a Douglas fir grove with several roots exposed on the well-trodden rough path. The northwestern perimeter trail is through a lower lying terrain that can be sodden and marshy. Witty Lagoon Regional Park, Madrill Green Space and Metchosin Elementary Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 47” W123º 31’ 25”

Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road to Wootton Road. Turn left onto Wootton Road where there is limited roadside parking near the end. There are two gates at this access point; one at the end of the road. The other gate is just to the right of the small turnabout. Alternative access is from the end of Parry Cross Road where there is limited roadside parking near the gated entrance. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

Brooke Street Park

Brooke Street Park

A series of birch trees frame the sports fields of Brooke Street Park on the Brooke Street border. This grass covered parkland is four fifths of a hectare in size and lies in the Fairfield neighborhood of Victoria, B.C. There is a backstop for baseball near the intersection of Brooke Street and Kipling Street as well as one kitty corner in the park, off of Clifford Street. London plane and alder trees frame the park along Clifford Street. The fields are used baseball, rugby and soccer. Porter Park, Sir James Douglas School Green Space, Fairfield Hill Park and Ross Bay are nearby. A one and half story heritage home styled as a Craftsman Bungalow was built in nineteen fourteen. It resides at 1440 Clifford Street which is next to this parkland. Robert J Porter Park with two playgrounds and a natural play area lies across Kipling Street.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 50” W123° 20′ 35″

Brooke Street Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along until Kipling Street. Turn left onto Kipling Street and continue about a block. The park is bordered by Kipling, Brooke, Clifford and Thurlow streets. There is limited roadside parking in this quiet residential neighborhood. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.