Chow-Nicoll Park forms the riparian area of a portion of Millstream Creek. At about one and half hectares, this park is a natural parkland along the ravine of Millstream Creek. The rough trail is amongst the sword and licorice ferns, Oregan grape, salal covered by the canopy of second growth trees. Some of the trees in this area include Western red cedars, big lead maple and Douglas-fir trees. Arbutus and grand fir trees are also seen along the natural trail.
You can get to Chow-Nicoll Park by taking Exit 14 northward off the TransCanada Highway. Stay on Millstream Road until you pass into the Highlands from Langford; there should be a district sign that indicates the boundary. The park is located off of the junctions of Millstream Road with both River Road and Hanington Road. There is limited parking along Hanington Road just before the bridge.
This linear green space and rough trail connects the northernmost trails of Thetis Lake Park to Munn Road near Mount Work Park. Douglas-fir and western red cedar forests as well as lowland meadows make this trail an excellent hike. The moss covered logging stumps and rocks provide a lush green landscape year round. Wear appropriate foot wear for strolling along wetland areas as well as the rocky outcrops. This green space was acquired through a covenant agreement with the land owners so respect the private property signs.
This green space can be access from Munn Road. You can get here by exiting north off the TransCanada Highway north at the Millstream Road exit. Follow Millstream Road to the junction with Munn Road. Turn right off Millstream Road onto Munn Road and proceed with care on this very sinuous road to reach the parking lot for Mount Work. Park here and walk back along Munn Road, about 100 meters, westward to reach Deanna Place. The trail is narrow and rough. You can also access this connector trail from the many trails of the northern part of Thetis Lake Park in area near Stewart Mountain and Scafe Hill as well as from end of Davis Road, Taylor Road and the trails off Stewart Mountain Road. These roads connect with Millstream Road and have very limited roadside parking near the rather obscure trailheads.
This is a natural park located behind properties along Steward Mountain Road. The rough trail in the easement between private properties is obscure. The trail is narrow and irregular yet the surroundings are peaceful, exactly what you would expect as you stroll the rural areas of the Highlands. Enjoy the large sword ferns, towering cedar and Douglas-fir trees. The terrain is moss covered so be aware of where you step. The park covers almost twenty hectares and the trail connects to the northern areas of Thetis Lake Park that is the Steward Mountain and Scafe Hill trails.
You can get to Stewart Mountain Road Park from Highway One. Turn left at Exit 14 onto Millstream Road. Stay on this road,heading northward, until you reach Steward Mountain Road, which is just after the hydropower transmission towers and lines. Turn right onto Steward Mountain Road and follow the curves in the road looking for the homes’ number 652 and 636 to locate the trail. There is limited road side parking. If you continue to the end of this road you reach the Thetis Lake – Stewart Mountain trailheads.