View Royal Municipal Park

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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.

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Seabird Park

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Seabird Park is grass covered park of 0.14 hectares with rocky shoreline access to Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. Himalayan blackberries, an arbutus tree and a few other shrubs line the western perimeter of the park near the split cedar fence. Spruce and willow trees are along the property border to the north. Craigflower Creek meets the inlet here forming the curiously named ‘deadman’ section of the creek. There is a seventy five meter stroll to the bench at Seabird Point which looks southward across the water toward Shoreline Middle School. The beach is muddy and can be used to launch a paddle board, kayak or canoe. This small estuary is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park, White Pine Place Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Caton Lane Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 23” W123° 25’ 49”

 

Seabird Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along Midwood Road near Seabird Place. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Thomas Park

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Thomas Park is nature area along the shore of Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This waterfront park has a rough trail along the roadway easement though the poplar trees and shrubs to reach Portage Inlet. The two hundred and thirty-five meter long trail is along the salt water wetland section of the shore line from Thomas Park Drive to White Pine Road Green Space. There is no obvious pathway to the low grass and mud bank along the shore line of Portage Inlet. The neighbors, understandably, have erected temporary fences to limit access to the tidal area. The shore access looks like a private driveway and parking near the homes 182 and 148. This site is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. White Pine Road Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Midwood Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space, Seabird Place Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 25’ 47”

 

Thomas Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Werra Road or Thomas Park Drive. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

White Pine Road Green Space

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White Pine Road Green Space is a pedestrian pathway from White Pine Road to Helmcken Centennial Park in View Royal, B.C. This thirty meter long concrete pathway is between homes 156 and 160 and is bordered closely by a chain-link fence. This pathway provides access to the playground and three fenced ball diamonds as well as to a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park Drive, Seabird Park, Midwood Place Green Space Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 37” W123° 25’ 54”

 

White Pine Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road. Turn left onto Werra Road and follow the road as it curves and dips along the residential homes. Look for White Pine Road to the left. There is limited roadside parking along Werra Road near White Pine Road while White Pine Road has several signs that warn of removal of improperly parked vehicles. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

Helmcken Centennial Park

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Helmcken Park is known as the ball park for fastball and home to the View Royal Fastball teams. This is community athletic park as well as a wonderful family and toddler friendly park in View Royal, B.C. Helmcken Centennial Park has three fenced fastball diamonds, a basketball or multi-purpose court and a tennis court in its two and half hectares. There is also a batting cage and storage shed. The park borders on an indentation of Portage Inlet which is a migratory bird and wildlife area. This tidal area also has a ephemeral creek that drains from the surrounding area. Signage near the White Pine pathway describes the colonial activities on Portage Inlet and the Gorge Water front. This would be an okay site to launch a paddle board, kayak or canoe at high tide as the wetland area can be wide.  The playground has slides, swings, a long tube and climbing apparatus on a gravel base for children of all ages. This is good place for parkour. There is a seasonal concession, a meeting room and toilets in a building that is maintained by the ball team. Native plants along the shore of Portage Inlet include snow berries and rose plants as well as several different grasses to help maintain the integrity of the tidal wetlands. White Pine Road Green Space has a footpath into the park from Werra Road. The green spaces at Stillwater Road, Seabird Place, Thomas Park Drive, Polly Place, Crane Place and Tidewater Road are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 42” W123° 25’ 48”

 

Helmcken Centennial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. Victoria General Hospital is to the north along Helmcken Road. At the traffic circle, exit east toward Helmcken Park and Kingham Place. Stay on Kingham Place to reach the small parking lot beside the park. A second parking area is accessed from further along Helmcken Road closer to the buildings. City busses service the Helmcken Park and Ride parking area near Helmcken Road.