Valley View Pond Park

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Valley View Pond Park is located in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The footpath in this path is along a small creek that flows from the Olympic View Golf Course. A series of small ponds and small earth dams makes the parkland unique. There are cottonwood and cedar trees in the park as well as many shrubs such as blackberries, ocean spray and hardhack. The footpath is about four hundred meters long and connects with the turnabout at the end of Wild Pond Lane and Wild Country Lane. The elevation change is slight. Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Loma Linda Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 24’32”  W123°32’11”

 

Valley View Pond Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. Continue past the park and baseball diamond that is on the left and look for Wild Berry Bend at the traffic circle. The park trail is seen on the right side across from 982 and to the left of 979 Wild Ridge Way. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

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Glen Cove Park

boardwalk on Glen Lake east end

Glen Cove Park is in Langford, B.C. This park lies on the south side of Glen Lake. This nature park has the wetlands and outlet of Glen Lake which flows toward Colwood Creek and can only be accessed from trails that lead into the park. A feature in this parkland is the boardwalk that connects the Galloping Goose Trail with the Cy Jenkins Trail.  The Cy Jenkins Trail leads from Loch Glen Road and continues south to the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford. Alder, salmonberry, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees fill the deciduous forest area. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for butterflies and overwintering and breeding shore birds and waterfowl. Glen Lake is part of the Colwood Creek Watershed and collects water from Humpback Reservoir and Irwin Ponds which are connected by Parkdale Creek. This watershed has an area of 1194 hectares including storm drains in the surrounded communities. Eventually the waters from Glen Lake reach the Salish Sea as the lake drains into Colwood Creek on the eastern shore. The lake has a surface area of about seventeen hectares and lies at an altitude of sixty-seven meters. The beach area is good launching personal watercraft like canoe, paddle boards and kayaks. There is an aeration system in the lake which helps support a healthy water quality for the small mouth bass, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. The latter two species have been released into the lake since the nineteen eighties.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’7”  W123°31’4”

 

Glen Cove Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Kelly Road near the south end of the shopping area. Cross over Jacklin Road to reach Jenkins Road. Turn left onto Glen Lake Road and continue to the end. A pedestrian access in found between homes.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Jacklin Road.

Proposed E & N Rail Humpback Connector Trail

The Humpback Connector Trail is proposed as part of the Trans Canada Trail that parallels the E&N Railway track from Victoria, B.C. Currently a rough foot path lies along the rail treads, as might be expect. The two and half kilometers from Langford Lake to Humpback Road, in Langford, B.C. passes beside several housing areas and a couple of parklands. This section of the TC rail trail continuation will eventually connect to Shawnigan Lake and northward on Vancouver Island. As well, the proposed trail branch will connect from the Galloping Goose Trail via Fisher’s Field Park, wetlands that lie along Glen Lake Road, and through Irwin Park, which lies along Parkland Creek, and through the northern section of Mt Wells Regional Park. The proposed Humpback Connector Trail is about three kilometers from junction of the GGT near Sooke and Glen Lake roads. Both routes are planned to use existing roadways and pathways through Douglas fir, Garry oak and arbutus forests along the eastern slopes of Mt Wells and shoreline of Langford Lake.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’15” W123°33’11”

 

The proposed E&N Rail Humpback Connector Trail 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 look for the railway just past the Douglas fir heritage trees along Humpback Road. There is limited roadside parking this area.

 

Information about the Trans Canada Trail Humpback Connector can be found at the CRD https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/e-n-rail-trail as well as Trans Canada Trail http://tctrail.ca/explore-the-trail/

Garry Oak Meadows Park

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In View Royal, B.C., there is a three-quarter of a hectare Garry oak meadow with a one hundred and thirty meter long gravel footpath along a ridgeline. Aptly named Garry Oak Meadows Park, the place has the unique plant life that grows under these tall trees. Snowberries, Oregon grape are a few of the shrubs that thrive in this habitat. In the spring camas lilies might be seen although this site was not cultivated extensively. There are also a few tree stumps indicating that the area had been selectively logged many years earlier. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Nursery Hill Park, Jalan Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby. The park is part of Nursery Hill Trail Loop described by the Town of View Royal.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 35” W123° 27’ 51”

Garry Oak Meadow 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. Turn onto Six Mile Road and look for the Atkins Road Green Space to parking as there is limited parking along Nursery Hill Road or Six Mile Road; parking can be found at Atkins Road Green Space. The park is along Nursery Hill Road. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.

Atkins Chilco Pathway

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The Atkins Chilco Pathway is a pedestrian walkway under the Via Rail track in View Royal, B.C. Decorated with eleaborate images, the the nineteen-sixteen tunnel connects Atkins Road with Chilco Road near Thetis Vale Green Space. Chilco Park, Duffus Trail Park, Edwards Park, Robin Hill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Atkins Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Mill Hill Regional Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 28’

Atkins Chilco Pathway 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 then left onto Chilco Road. Look for the first pedestrian crossing on Chilco Road to find this outdoor art deco. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Duffus Trail Park

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Duffus Trail is along the northwest side of the floodplain of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The gravel and grass trail is also bordered by residential homes and a split-cedar fence. The trail from the road is along a twenty meter long concrete pathway between two homes. Then take the four flights of wooden stairs: two with ten steps and two with fourteen steps to the shoreline and pathway. The three hundred meter long gravel and grass pathway follows the shoreline of muddy tidal estuary area of 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 Duffus Trail Park allows you to enjoy views of cedar trees and sword ferns along the southern slopes of the stream. The wetlands near the stream are bordered by several plants like scotch broom and alder trees. Maureen Duffus is an author known for local history of Southern Vancouver Island and raised her family in the area. There are benches along the walkway which makes it a good place to observe local and migratory water birds such as Canada geese, widgeons, gadwell, herons, cormorants, loons, mallards, mergansers and gulls. Burchill Park and Parson’s Access Park is nearby as it is Mill Cove Park and the Galloping Goose Trail.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 18” W123° 27’ 55”

Duffus Trail 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. Turn onto Six Mile Road and continue to Atkin Road. Turn left onto Atkin Road then left again onto Anya Lane, marked as a private road. The lane is narrow and winds through the private homes and past the Pollock Farm to reach Anya Court. The park access is between homes 302 and 305. There is limited roadside parking along Anya Court or Anya Lane. City buses travel along the Atkin Road.

Mill Cove Park

Mill Cove Park  2 Mill Stream view point

Mill Cove Park is a small public space in View Royal, B.C., that overlooks the tidal estuary of Mill Stream. The park has a short gravel trail that leads to a wooden platform on along the north side of 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. This can be a good place to observe local and migratory water birds such as Canada geese, wigeons, mallards, mergansers and gulls. Burchill Park and Parson’s Access Park is nearby as it is Duffus Trail and the Galloping Goose Trail.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 24” W123° 27’ 51”

Mill Cove 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 onto Six Mile Road then left onto Atkins Road. Continue along Atkins Road to reach Parsons Road. Turn left onto Parsons Road then right onto Mills Cove Lane and look for the park at the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking along Parsons Road. City buses travel along Atkin Road.