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.
Hollywood Park is beautifully landscaped Garry oak (Quercus garryana) treed parkland covering two and a third hectares in the Fairfield community of Victoria, BC. Stroll along the perimeter of park to take in the flower beds and trees, like the golden plumed cedar ‘Aurea’ (Cedrus deodara), rhododendrons and azaleas. In a few sections of the park the flower beds are bordered by a split cedar fence and a narrow pathway. Stroll along the paved pathway to reach the playground, ball diamond or tennis courts. This one hundred and sixty meter walkway connects Earle Street with Fairfield Road; neither end is gated. Close to the Earle Street border of the park is the playground with a sand base. There are slides for young and old children that are part of a climbing structure with platforms that have monkey bars and ladders. There are two swing sets with a couple for toddler seats in one set. The other has four swings. The playground is shaded early mornings and later afternoons by the tall Garry oak and London plane trees. The baseball diamond is home to the Beacon Hill Little League ball players and has bleachers, score board and seasonal concession. Fairfield shopping plaza is about a block west along Fairfield Road if other sustenance is needed. Part of the ball field forms the pitch for soccer. There is a second much smaller grassy area, with a chain-link fenced backstop across from the playground. Picnic tables and benches are found along the pathway and near the playground and sport fields. The toilets are near the tennis courts. The two tennis courts are fenced and lie close to Fairfield Road. The area of Hollywood Park is within the hidden East Creek drainage area and is occasionally quite wet.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 51” W123° 20′ 8″
Hollywood Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to St Charles Street. Once past St Charles look for Hollywood Park to the left. The park lies along Fairfield Road and Earle Street where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown.
Split cedar fencing borders part of the rectangular Maddison Green located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Fairfield in Victoria, BC. The green space is a re-planted Garry Oak meadow. There are several native flowers seen within the green which is bordered by deer ferns. Wilmer Green, Glenlyon Norfolk School Green Space and Pemberton Park are south along Maddison Street.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 22” W123° 19′ 35″
Maddison Green can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fort Street and continue on Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left onto Chamberlain Road and at the intersection with Brighton Avenue continue onto Maddison Street. The park is on the corner junction with Lawndale Street. There is limited parking along these streets. City buses travel along Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay Road from downtown.
Located on the corner of Verrinder Avenue and Oak Bay Avenue is a large cedar hedge bordered by seasonal flower beds. This small park area has a grassy area as well. If you enjoy watching traffic in Victoria, BC, this can be an interesting intersection to enjoy the flowers and watch the flow. Pandora Street Green Space and Stadacona Park are cross the roadways at this junction of Verrinder Avenue, Fort Street, Oak Bay Avenue and Pandora Street.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 35” W123° 20′ 13″
Verrinder Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fort street. Near the junction with Oak Bay Avenue turn left onto Verrinder Avenue and look for the park on the corner. That’s it! There is limited roadside parking along Fort Street in front of the shops just before Verrinder Avenue. City buses travel along Fort Street and Oak Bay Avenue between downtown and the University of Victoria.