Parson’s Bridge Park

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Parson’s bridge is part of the Island Highway that crosses over the waters Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. The bridge was built in the mid eighteen hundreds by the owner of the Six Mile Pub, which lies to the northwest. Bill Parson purchased the land which included a pub from John Fenton, a millwright, in eighteen-forty-eight. The Tudor- style pub and restaurant has photos of these early years and is a good place for a meal and drink. The parkland is a narrow strip along the north shore of Price Bay and has foot path with several wonderful view points over the estuary and Esquimalt Harbour. Price Bay provides habitat to numerous shorebirds as well as eagles, ospreys and swans. River otters and seals have also been seen. Parson’s Bridge Park is a unique place with a gazebo, several arbutus and fir trees along the rough gravel walkway. Benches are also found along the walkway. The Water’s Edge, A sixty-nine unit residential complex, borders the inland area of the park; it was built in the early nineteen eighties. The park can be reached by the concrete staircase along the northeast side of the bridge or from the staircase at the end of Dukrill Road. The trail is about eight hundred and fifty meters long and makes a pleasant outing in your backyard. Jalan Park, Dukrill Road Green Space, Burchill Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park and the Galloping Goose – Trans Canada Trail – View Royal are all nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 27” W123° 27’ 22”

Parson’s Bridge Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn to the left onto Dukrill Road using the turning lane; this will be the second left turn. The green space is at the end of the road where there is limited roadside parking. Short term parking may be available near the CRD offices. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Alternatively, continue along the Island Highway to Six Mile Road. Turn into the parking area for the pub and Buddy Road. Parking is available in Six-Mile Pub. Cross at the lights. From the north end of Parson’s Bridge the walkway extends between the Waters Edge residential development and the upper reaches of Esquimalt Harbor.

Helmcken Corner Park

Located near the junction of Helmcken Road with the Island Highway, Helmcken Corner Park is a small landscaped park in View Royal, B.C. This is a good place to find a bench to rest upon and to watch the traffic. A steep granite rock forms a natural wall along the flower and shrubs on western side of the park. A cedar hedge provides a lush green barrier around an electrical box and the park lies over a pumping station. A seasonal flower bed faces the intersection where the trumpet flower plant has been seen. This is an excellent park to include in a walk in your backyard. Lilmkiln Cove Green Space, Stewart Beach, Heddle Park and View Royal Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 23” W123° 26’ 28”

Helmcken Corner Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Exit onto Helmcken Road and turn south to reach the Island Highway. The park is on the right at this intersection. There is limited parking along both roadways. City buses travel along Helmcken Road and the Island Highway.