Midland Circle Green Space

Midland Circle Green Space is located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space was formed in earlier nineteen hundreds as part of the terminus of the streetcar to provide access to the Uplands Farm Estates. The asphalt covers the railway bed that formed the initial circle. Several tall Garry oak trees provide shade over the well maintained lawn of the green space.

Geographical Location N48º 26’ 50”  W123º 18’ 6”

Midland Circle Green Space can be accessed from Lansdowne Road. Turn left on the single track Midland Road to reach the green space. Both Cotswold and Ripon roads connect to the road that circles the green space. City buses travel along Midland Road.

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Nottingham Park

Fabulous architecture and landscaping surround Nottingham Park.  Nottingham Park is located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, a district in the Capital Regional District that forms the greater area of Victoria, British Columbia. Located in the southern side of t the Upland Estates, this park includes a playgym and extensive lawns.  It is shaded by tall Garry Oak trees making it a wonderful place to watch the children play or throw a ball about while enjoying the neighborhood. There are a couple of benches near the play area. The eastern side of the park is bordered by a wooden fence. Loon Bay Park, Uplands Park and Willows Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

Geographical Location N48° 26′ 39″ W123° 18′ 20″

You can get to Nottingham Park from Hillside Avenue that turns into Lansdowne Road.  Cross over Cadboro Bay Road into the Upland Estates and turn right on to Nottingham Street.  Some street parking is available. The city bus travels near this park.

Metchosin Bike Park

 

The Metchosin Bike Park is in Metchosin, B.C. The park hosts a small circuit with several dirt jumps around the garry oak trees in the parkland. The firehall forms the north side of this park. A small grass field forms the south side of the park. The Metchosin Riding Ring, the cricket park, Metchosin School Museum, Metchosin School and pavilion are nearby.

Geographical Location N48º 22’ 49” W123º 32’ 5”

Metchosin Bike Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway . Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn right onto Happy Valley Road. Continue along Happy Valley Road to reach the bike park which lies near the firehall and the municipal hall on Happy Valley Road. There is a small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.

Toth Park

Toth Park

Toth Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This nature park has a rocky Garry oak meadow with a moss and lichen covered footpath under the branches of the small oak trees. This one tenth of a hectare park is surrounded by the fences of neighborhood homes in this quiet area. Cedarvale Park is nearby and makes for a nice walk along Strandlund Avenue then onto the trails in Selwyn Cedarvale Green Space.

Geographic location N48° 27’19” W123° 29’ 25”

Toth Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south to head toward downtown Langford. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue to the left to stay on Strandlund Avenue. At the junction with Duncan Place turn left. Take the next left onto Toth Place. Look for the footpath and parkland on the right at the sharp curve in the road There is limited roadside parking.

Mount Wells Regional Park

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.

Thetis Lake Regional Park – Langford

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Thetis Lake Regional Park – Langford

Nursery Hill Park

Nursery Hill Park white fawn lily March 2014

Nursery Hill Park is on fifty-five meter high hill in View Royal, B.C. At about four and half hectares, this park has many Douglas fir trees with a few Garry oak, big leaf maple and arbutus trees on its slopes. The canopy keeps the Oregon grape and snow berry bushes fairly small. In a few areas broom plants grow well. A fine gravel trail meanders through the park around the small rocky outcrops that are covered with lichen, ferns and mosses. Spring time flowers, like the white fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum) are seen along the two hundred meters long trail. The park borders on the Via Rail track to the south and residential homes to the east and west. Despite the noise from the traffic on the Trans Canada Highway that borders the north side of the parkland and the signs that state the access route is a private roadway, this park is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Garry Oak Meadows 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’ 36”

Nursery Hill 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 park as there is limited parking along Nursery Hill Road or Six Mile Road. Nursery Hill Park is access along a rough trial from the corner where Nursery Hill Road curves to the left and from the cul-de-sac between homes 445 and 444. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Atkins Road.