Graceland Green Space

 

Graceland Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The footpath from the end of Graceland Drive leads about one hundred meters to Gilbert Drive. The forest around this footpath has been mostly cleared of undergrowth. A few snow berry and ocean spray bushes can be seen as well as some salal bushes and ferns. The trees are mostly Douglas firs with cedar and big leaf maples.

 

Geographical Location N48º 23’ 38” W123º 28’ 57”

 

Graceland Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Chapel Heights Road. Follow Chapel Heights Road to Graceland Drive. Turn left onto Graceland Drive and park on the side of turnabout at the end of the road. The trail marker indicates the trailhead. There is limited road side parking near the trail head. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

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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.

Elegante Andre Green Space

Elegante Andre Green Space is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The gravel walkway is about seventy-five meters long. It is bordered by the fences of the neighboring homes. Cressida Park, Gold Stream Provincial Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’23” W123°33’19”

Elegante Andre Green Space 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 then right onto Cressida Crescent. Turn onto Andre Road and look for the green space between 2960 and 2956. Or continue along Cressida Crescent to reach Elegante Place and look for the green space between 2940 and 2941. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Lakehurst Park

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Lakehurst Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. A gravel foot path through this park connects Amy Road, and through Amy Pond Park, with Lakehurst Drive. There are several small shrubs and a couple of tall trees grow along the hundred meter trail in this parkland. Amy Pond Park, Turner’s Bog Park, Lakehurst Green Space, Willway Elementary School Green Space, Gold Stream Provincial Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’29” W123°32’47”

Lakehurst 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. Continue along to turn left onto Wells Drive then turn left onto Lakehurst Drive. The trail to the park is between homes 2816 and 2812. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Setchfield Park

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Kelvin Grove Park, View Royal, B.C.

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Kelvin Grove Park is a one hectare forested area along Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. A sixty meter long trail from Atkins Road leads to a wooden platform that provides view of the ravine for 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 Kelvin Grove Park provides views of cedar trees and sword ferns along the slopes of the ravine. The wetlands near the stream have skunk cabbage and other riparian plants. There are no formal trails in this nature park and the viewing platform is along the steepest part of the parkland. Wilfert Park is on the south side of Mill Stream. Duffus Trail Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Parson’s Access Park, Mill Cove Park, Burchill Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 10” W123° 28’ 5”

Kelvin Grove 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 then left onto Atkins Road. The park is on left near Creekside Glen townhomes at 199 Atkins Road. There is limited roadside parking along Atkin Road although city buses travel along this roadway.

Burchill Park

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A landscaped park with a rough trail and a steep yet small ravine, Burchill Park is in View Royal, B.C. Part of the park lies parallel to the Galloping Goose Trail near the junction with Atkins Avenue and residential homes. The other part is formed by the slopes of the ravine that leads to Mill Stream. The footpath is one hundred and fifty-five meters long and is on a relatively flat grass covered area with a few arbutus and fir trees. There are plenty of blackberry bushes and other small shrubs along the slope of the ravine. This four thousand square meter park is best accessed from the junction of Parson’s Road and Atkin’s Road. Parson’s Bridge Park, Jalan Park, Parson’s Access 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’ 27” W123° 27’ 57”

Burchill 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. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next right onto Wilfert Road. This is not a through road and can also be access from Nob Hill Road. The park is on the right near the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking along Wilfert Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.