The volunteers that form the pony club in Metchosin built the riding ring in the late nineteen eighties. The open air ring is about thirty-five meters by sixty meters and covered with a fine all weather material; replaced in 2014. A grandstand completes the space which also has area for parking horse trailers, washrooms and water for horses. The riding ring is maintained by the Metchosin Equestrian Society members. This is a good place to get outdoors even on days when there is no events happening. The bike jump, cricket park, Metchosin School and Hillman Green Space are nearby.
Geographical Location N48º 23’ 50” W123º 32’ 9”
Metchosin Equestrian Riding Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. 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 each the riding ring which lies near the firehall on Happy Valley Road. There is a parking area for horse trailers and vehicles. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road toward Metchosin Road.
This trail and green space is formed from the road allowance provided for the north-south lay of Alder Road in North Saanich. The North and South portions of Alder Road Trail consists of a series of trails that connect roads and parkland on the Saanich Peninsula between Wain and Hillgrove roads. The multi-use trail is well used by hikers and horse-riders as well as cyclists. Traveling across the diverse terrain of North Saanich, the trails are bordered by broad leaf maples, cedar and Douglas-fir. Where the lands were once farmed the trails contain more alder and cottonwood. To extend with walk in your backyard, take the trail beside Gardner Pond or one of the branches to reach Tatlow Road and Littlewood Road North. Both branches also connect with the trails of Horth Hill Park.
Geographical Coordinates from Wain Road trailhead N48° 40’ 38” W123° 26’ 38” (almost across from the road into the Eagle Ridge neighborhood)
You can get to Alder Road South Pat Bay Highway take the McDonald Park – Wain Road exit and use the overpass to reach Wain Road. Continue on Wain Road past the intersection with Tatlow Road and look for the small hiking trail marker about meters past Tatlow Road. The trails can also be accessed from Tatlow Road, turn left onto Alder Road and look for trail marker at the junction with Maple Road. There is limited roadside parking.