MacLennan Trail

MacLennan Trail is a gravel multi-user trail in View Royal, B.C. It is located along the ridge of the berm that forms the noise barrier south of the Trans Canada Highway and west of Helmcken Road. The trail connects to the sidewalk near the bus stop at the intersection of Hwy1 and Helmcken Road and continues westward to View Royal Municipal Park. This four hundred and fifty meter long trail is landscaped with various spruce trees, broom bushes and a few Himalayan blackberry hedges. The path crosses over the salmon bearing Craigflower Creek before curving to connect with the circular pathway in View Royal Park. Parkcrest Park, Gull Road Green Space and Helmcken Park are nearby as are the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Chancellor Park.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 47” W123° 26’ 4”

 

MacLennan Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, take the first right onto Vickery Road. Stay on Vickery Road as the trail eventually converges with this road. There is limited roadside parking along Vickery Road. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

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Thetis Lake Regional Park – Creed Road Trail

A wide gravel footpath from Creed Road leads to Craigflower Creek Trail which is one of many trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park. The Creed Road trailhead is just south a large redwood tree. The trail is lined by a chain-linked fence on the south and a post and wire fence to the north. Cedar and fir trees shade the pathway which leads to several sets of staircases: some steel staircases other parts are older wood-barrier steps. The trail crosses over Craigflower Creek on an aluminum bridge and branches up and downstream along the creek. This creek is habitat for sea-run steel head salmon and feels pristine. This is great walk in your back yard and can be extended as the trail connects southward to Marler Park. Chalmers Court Park, Thetis Lake Park, Craigflower Creek Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123° 27’8”

 

Thetis Lake Regional Park- Creed Road Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and pass under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Creed Road. Continue on along Creed Road to house number 450 and look for a small gravel parking area on the left. The trail is along the fence line for the home numbered 451. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

 

 

Marler Park

Marler Park 3

Marler Park has a small toddler friendly playground, a gravel walking trail and a small pond. The park is on an one third of a hectare area in View Royal, B.C. and is part of the Thetis neighborhood.  The playground is set in a pebble and sand base. There is a wooded platform with a roof that can be accessed by stairs, a steep ramp or the double slide. There is also a teeter totter and wobbly toy. A bench is also at this play space. Take a stroll along the trail past the small pond, which is enclosed by a chain-link fence. The foot path branches across Craigflower Creek and continues along the banks of the creek. The aluminum bridge spans across Craigflower Creek  and the trail continues to a series of staircases up to Creed Road. Craigflower Creek provides a home to several insect and fish species such as dragonflies and sea-run steel head salmon. The trail follows along the west bank of the creek and eventually connects with Thetis Lake Regional Park. This park is close to Chalmers Court Park, Thetis Lake Park, Craigflower Creek Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123° 27’16”

 

Marler Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and pass under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue to the junction of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way then turn right onto Marler Drive. Continue on along Marler Drive past Dorthy Drive. The park is at the end of Marler Drive. There is a small paved parking area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.

Craigflower Creek Park

Craigflower Creek Park is an one fifth of hectare nature park in View Royal, B.C., along the banks of Craigflower Creek. This is the namesake stream in the two thousand four hundred and twenty four hectare area that forms its watershed. Craigflower Creek, also known as Deadman’s Creek, flows from Fork, Thetis and Prior Lakes to Portage Inlet. The upper sections of the creek are within Mount Work and Thetis Lake Regional Parks while the lower sections pass beside and under the bridges for several roads including Watkiss Way, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal, the Galloping Goose Trail- View Royal, the Trans Canada Highway and Burnside Road West to reach Fort Victoria, View Royal Park and Portage Inlet. Portage Inlet is a shallow saltwater lagoon that connects to the harbour of the City of Victoria along a long narrow inlet called the Gorge. Craigflower Creek Park protects a short five hundred meter section about two and half kilometers upstream. The riparian area around the stream has alder, maple and cedar trees. Himalayan blackberry, oceanspray and smaller shrubs and ferns are also see in this section of the creek. Sea-run cutthroat trout travel upstream to Prior Lake so this small parkland contributes the federally protected fish habitat in Craigflower Creek. Marler Park, Thetis Lake Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 45” W123° 27’ 10”

 

Craigflower Creek Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West which is exit #10 and follow the road as it curves up to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. The park is seen to the right just after Creed Road. There is limited street parking. A city bus route is along Watkiss Way.

 

Francis View Park

Francis View Park

Francis View Park is located on a ridge and overlooks the Trans Canada Highway, the estuary of Mill Stream in Esquimalt Harbour and southward to the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. The park is under the hydroelectric towers that supply electricity to the substation located in View Royal, B.C. The southern border of the park is along an abbreviated section of Watkiss Way and has a cedar split fence and rock wall. A steep rough pathway leads to the grassy area at the top. This trail is bordered by broom, blackberries and small Garry oak trees. The highest point in the parkland is near the concrete and gravel pathway from Francis View Drive. A small grass covered area is near the bench close to the hydroelectric tower.  Evelyn Heights Park, Burnside Watkiss Park, Eagle View Elementary School Green Space, Burnside Road Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail – View Royal, Craigflower Creek Park and Game Nature Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 59” W123° 26’ 53”

 

Francis View Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West using exit #10 and follow the road as it curves up to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. Immediately turn right to access the homes along the northside of Watkiss Way. There is limited street parking along this section of the road. Alternatively continue along Watkiss Way to reach Francis View Drive. The park is near the top of the hill on the right. There is limited street side parking. A city bus route is along Watkiss Way.

Burnside Watkiss Park

Burnside Watkiss Park 3

The Garry oak and Douglas fir forest on the corner of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way forms an area of one point three hectares that is called Burnside Watkiss Park in View Royal, B.C. This park has a fairly flat gravel pathway that is about one hundred and eighty meters long. Oceanspray, mosses, ferns and many other plants can be seen in the second growth forest. A bench with views of the forest is near the end of the trail. The path connects to the chain-link fence that forms western perimeter of Eagle View Elementary School Green Space and to the pathways of the townhouse complex that is northwest of the park. Stoneridge Wetlands Park, Aldersmith Park, Burnside Road Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Game Nature Park, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’ 56” W123° 26’ 42”

 

Burnside Watkiss Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Burnside Road West exit to the intersection with Watkiss Way and continue along Burnside Road West. The park is on the right and the trail is about a hundred meters past the intersection. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Watkiss Way.

Game Nature Park

Game Nature Park 5

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through in a Garry oak meadow along the footpaths in Game Nature Park located in View Royal, B.C. At just over half a hectare, this parkland has rocky granite knolls with Garry oak trees and grassy meadows with views through the trees of residential areas. The trail, about two hundred meters in length, can be access from the end of Game Road and along Watkiss Way. Stoneridge Wetlands Park, Brunside Watkiss Park, Eagle View Elementary School Green Space, Aldersmith Park, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal and the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 53” W123° 26’ 22”

 

Game Nature Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also known as Hwy1. Take the Helmcken Road exit (#8) to the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue and turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue to Game Road and turn left into the residential street. The park is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel to along Watkiss Way.