Florence Lake Park North

Florence Lake North Florence Lake North view

A sixty meter long boardwalk is the focal point for Florence Lake Park North. This park is found in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Florence Lake is a shallow glacial kettle lake with a surface area of about eight hectares and average depth about two meters. There is one seasonal tributary, Florence Lake Creek North, providing water flow into the lake from the slopes of Skirt Mountain which lies to the northwest. Florence Lake Creek South drains from the south end of the lake and flows through a series of culverts, mostly under the Trans Canada Highway, until it reaches Mill Stream. The lake had been stocked with rainbow trout for several decades until the water quality was determined to limit fish survival. This park is marks the north eastern end of the walk along the shore of Florence Lake. Strachan Trail, along Florence Lake, is about a three kilometer return stroll over flat terrain. This is good place to enjoy the views the water fowl and flora on Southern Vancouver Island, B.C.

Geographic location N48° 27’41” W123°30’45”

Florence Lake Park North can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at McCallum Road/Spencer Road exit and continue along McCallum Road to reach Brock and Springboard roads. Follow the curve to the right to stay on McCallum Road and then take the curve to the left to turn onto Florence Lake Road. Stay on Florence Lake Road and look for a small parking area, on the left, past the junction with Setchfield Avenue. There are three parking sites at this park. City buses travel along Setchfield Avenue.

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Ironwood Park

Ironwood Park is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This nature park is along the steep eastern slopes of the lower ridge that forms Skirt Mountain. Its eastern side borders along Shaw Park. The rest of the park is surrounded by residential homes which limits access to this nature area. There are a few Douglas fir and cedar trees that provide shade for the grasses and shrubs.

Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123°30’41”

Ironwood Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left at the log house pub onto Treanor Avenue. Continue along Treanor to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right onto Setchfield Avenue then take the first left onto Shaw Avenue. Take the next right onto Arngask Avenue and continue to Echo Valley Drive. Turn left to reach Limestone Lane. Turn onto Limestone Lane to reach the western end of Gade Road. Turn left onto Gade Road then take a right onto Ironwood Court. The park can be seen from the ridge and metal barrier along Ironwood Court between 975 and 976. There is limited roadside parking this quiet residential area. Alternatively a small section of the park touches Gade Road between homes 934 and 924 which are near the barrier for this road or access through Shaw Park. There is limited parking near this park.

Setchfield Shaw Green Space

Setchfield Shaw GS 3

Setchfield Shaw Green Space is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. There is a seventy five meter long gravel pathway that connects Setchfield Avenue up to Shaw Avenue. This pathway is bordered by wood and rock fences of the neighboring properties and a few blackberry bushes as it zigzags up the slope. A few trees are found along this trail that is frequented by dog walkers, hikers and walkers. The exposed bedrock is mostly granite which has been altered to form small pocket for plants near the house at 955 Shaw Avenue. Shaw and Ironwood Park are to the west across Shaw Road where as Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Camli Green Space, Setchfield Park and Lake Ida Ann Park are to the east from Setchfield Avenue.

Geographic location N48° 27’58” W123°30’30”

Setchfield Shaw Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Continue along Treanor to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn left and look for the gravel trail on the right between 2342 and 2350. The trail leads to the driveway at 955 Shaw Avenue and onto the street. There is roadside parking along Setchfield Avenue near Lakewood Elementary School Green Space. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.

Arngask Park

Arngask Park is in the Florence Lake – Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This wetland park is surrounded by residential homes, many whom use it as a garden refuse site, and a buffer of trees and shrubs. Douglas fir, cedar and alder trees grow along the shores of the shallow waters. Oceanspray, snow berries and blackberry bushes fill in parts of the six thousand square meters, in an unusual polygonal shape, that form the parkland. A forty meter long gravel trail leads into the park from near the junction of Arngask Avenue and Whisperwind Place. There is a one hundred and fifty meter long concrete pathway into the park from along Echo Valley Drive which connects to Graphite Place. The pathway is fenced with a black metal fence. This park connects to Ironwood Place near the blue water reservoirs. Setchfield Park, Stonegate Park, Ironwood Park and Shaw Park are nearby. As an aside, Arngask is a parish in Scotland in the counties of Kinoss, Perth and Fife.

Geographic location N48° 27’59” W123°30’44”

Arngask Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Echo Valley Drive. Turn onto Echo Valley Drive and continue along the concrete pathway between 2371 and 2367 Echo Valley Drive. The park can also be access from the corner of Arngask Ave and Whisperwind Place as well as from between 1022 and 1014 Graphite Place and along Ironwood near the water reservoir towers. There is limited roadside parking in this neighborhood.