Blue Grouse Plateau Park

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Blue Grouse Plateau Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, BC. The park is about one and half hectares in size with steep terrain. The trail into the park is accessed along the gravel trail near the storm water collection ponds. The trail continues into the park which is formed and protects part of the gully of Gardner Creek. The collection ponds drain through a series of gravel filtration beds and wetlands before reaching Gardner Creek, a tributary 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. Mill Stream supports many organisms in its riparian and wetland areas as well as in the creek water such as salmon, trout, frogs and turtles. Blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) and sooty grouse (D. fuliginosus) may dwell in the second growth forests that line the gully of Gardner Creek; it also appears that the names are synonymous. Blue Grouse Plateau has a rough trail that slopes down through the second growth forest. Douglas fir and cedar trees are found along the slopes with several large weathered tree stumps. The footpath exits the parkland and continues to Bear Mountain Parkway to reach the road near the BMP Green Space. Players Drive Park is across the road. This is a great play to walk in your backyard.

Geographic location N48° 28’15” W123°31’4”

Blue Grouse Plateau Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Players Drive. Turn left onto Players Drive then left onto Blue Grouse Drive. The park is near the split cedar fencing that forms a partial border for the gravel collection ponds. There is limited parking along Blue Grouse Drive.

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Players Drive Park

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The two and half hectares  of Players Drive Park is stretched over a long area in Langford, B.C. A concrete walkway leads into the parkland from the sidewalk along Players Drive. The walkway is near the postal boxes. A gravel trail continues up into the second growth forest composed of Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees. The route heads up hill though ocean spray, salal, snowberry and broom shurbs. Gardner Creek starts along the slopes of Players Park and flows toward Mill Stream via Blue Grouse Plateau Park, BMP Green Space, Stone Gate Park, Setchfield Park and Lake Ida Ann Park. 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. The trail leads to a Players Drive Green Space which is between homes 2228 and 2232. Scotch broom has taken over the areas where the soils were disturbed. Spirit Ridge Drive, Quail’s Run Park, Blue Grouse Plateau Park, Nature’ Gate Green Space, Nichlaus Park, Rockhampton Park and Rockhampton Nichlaus Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’25” W123°31’05”

Players Drive Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Players Drive. Turn left onto Players Drive and look for the park on the right after passing the junction with Spirit Ridge Drive. There is limited parking along Players Drive.

Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space

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The nature area that divides a small section the Bear Mountain Parkway has several tall Douglas fir and cedar trees with a dense ground cover of shrubs. This one and half hectare area is near the Stone Gate subdivision and has the large sign for the area located on the lower end. Gardner Creek, a tributary for Mill Stream, flows through the forested area. There is no parking near this green space although it can be reached from the trail from Barrow Gate Road and is near the Echo Valley Drive. Setchfield Park, Gannet Court Green Space, Skyline Park, Harrow Gate Park, Bishop Gate Park and Alton Lane Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’12” W123°30’47”

Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue up the hill until you see the sign with  “ecoasis and Bear Mountain.” The green space is the forest area right behind that.  There is no parking along the roadway although there is limited parking along the roadways in the Stone Gate neighborhood.

Stone Gate Park

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The drive up to the Bear Mountain Resort is lined with several nature parks. This area of Langford, BC, is on the eastern slope of the Mount Finlayson in Langford, B.C. Stone Gate Park is between the one kilometer and one and half markers seen on the sidewalk beside the BM Parkway. This park is a long linear park bordered by the sidewalk from Stone Gate Road to the pedestrian walkway across to the sidewalk along Echo Valley Drive. The steep terrain is composed of Wark gneiss and sandstone. The second growth forest with cedar, Douglas fir and alder is access from a concrete walkway from BMP to the end of Harrow Gate. The pathway is fairly steep and does not have any stairs. It is a great way to see a small section of Gardner Creek. This creek is a tributary of Mill Stream. The park can be access from beside the postal boxes along Harrow Gate. Harrow Gate Park, Alton Lane Park, Setchfield Park, Arngask Park, Bishops Gate Park, Skyline Park and Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’11” W123°30’43” from the end of Harrow Gate

Stone Gate Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Stone Gate. Turn right onto Stone Gate and then take the first right to Harrow Gate Road. The pathway though a section of park is on the right from the end of Harrow Gate. There is parking along this road.

Setchfield Park

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Setchfield Park is nature park with walking trails in the Bear Mountain and Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Tall cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees are found in this second growth forest. Several old stumps that support large trees can be seen along the four hundred meter long loop trail. Salal and ocean spray bushes have filled in the areas where the light can reach the forest floor. Sword ferns and alder trees grow along Gardner Creek and along the slopes of the ravine. The park can be accessed from along Bear Mountain Parkway, just across from Longspur Drive. The pathway connects to the sidewalk near the green pump station building. The park can also be reached from the end of Gannet Court and from near the junction of Setchfield Avenue with Shaw Drive. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Ida Ann Lake Park, Shaw Park, Arngask Park, Harrow Gate Park, Bishops Gate Park and Gannet Court Green Space are nearby. Geographic location N48° 28’4” W123°30’21” Setchfield Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Follow Treanor Avenue past Lakewood Elementary School to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right on Setchfield Avenue and look for the trail access near the junction of the road with Shaw Avenue. There is parking along the roadway. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.