Shoreline– Craigowan Green Space is along the shore of Portage Inlet although a variety of trees limits the access and view of the water. It is found along the Christie Point neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. There are willow, spruce, pine, fir and big leaf maple trees in this small green space. Snowberry and blackberry bushes also have a foothold on this site. On a properties nearby there are several arbutus trees and a giant sequoia tree. This is an interesting area to explore in your backyard. It is found at the end of Shoreline Drive near the junction with Craigowan Road to the Christie Point multi-residence complex. Shoreline Middle School Green Space and Shoreline Drive Green spaces are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 19” W123° 25’ 39”
Shoreline– Craigowan Green Space scan be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) Turn south onto Admirals Road (McKenzie Avenue is north from this intersection). Stay on Admirals Road and cross over the Craigflower Bridge, at which point the road names changes to Craigflower Road. Turn right onto the Island Highway. Take the next right onto Shoreline Drive and continue to the end of the road. There is limited parking along Shoreline Drive. City buses travel along the Old Island Highway.
View Royal Park is beautiful landscaped park that is about six and half hectares in size. There are about a kilometer of pathways into and around the park that makes this an excellent place to head for a stroll. A large open and dog friendly area connects to MacLennan Trail with a gravel pathway that circles this area. A small bridge over an ephemeral creek connects to the concrete walkway which leads to the small parking area and the playground. Craigflower Creek skirts the east side of the park and makes a terrific area to visit year round. There are several view points along the creek. Sea run cutthroat and chum salmon reside in this creek as well as several trout. Both creeks are bordered by snow berry, Oregon grape, red alder bushes. Cedar, Douglas fir and arbutus trees area seen in this park. A giant sequoia is on private property near the Paddock Place Green Space pathway.A playground with several ways to climb to a platform with paired slides and monkey bars. It is set on a sand base. There are benches and picnic tables at several sites in the park. Four swings are also found at this park: two of them are toddler seats. Another slide is also near these swings. These two outdoor toys are set on a wood chip base. The thirty raised garden beds are used by community members and lay besides a small building. The gardens are bordered by a large grass covered field landscaped with trees and shrubs. Parkcrest Park, Paddock Place Green Space, Gull Road Green Space, Fort Victoria Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Chancellor Park and Helmcken Park are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 26’ 11”
View Royal Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) onto Helmcken Road and turn south. Continue past the first traffic circle to the second one, and turn right onto Pleasant Lane. Turn right immediately to access the small parking area beside Craigflower Creek. The park is near the E & N Railway crossing bridge. It can also be accessed from Burnett Road using Pleasant Lane or Paddock Place. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.