Glen Lake Park

Glen Lake Park is along the west shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This park hosts lake front sandy beach access to the water, a short wharf, a spray play area and a playground. The waterpark and playground are separated by a low concrete wall. The grass covered area has a pathway from the parking area. A landscaped water drainage garden borders the private homes beside the park. Picnic tables, several benches and a privy are partially shaded by tall Douglas fir and cedar trees along the north side of the park. Glen Lake Park also hosts a dog park area as dogs are not allowed in the children’s play area. The dog park is also along the shore and has a ten meter wharf and sandy beach area. There is also a grass covered area. A three meter wooden pedestrian bridge connects the two sections of the park. Glen Lake is part of the Colwood Creek Watershed and collects water from Humpback Reservoir and Irwin Ponds which are connected by Parkdale Creek. This watershed has an area of 1194 hectares including storm drains in the surrounded communities. Eventually the waters from Glen Lake reach the Salish Sea as the lake drains into Colwood Creek on the eastern shore. The lake has a surface area of about seventeen hectares and lies at an altitude of sixty-seven meters. The beach area is good launching personal watercraft like canoe, paddle boards and kayaks. There is an aeration system in the lake which helps support a healthy water quality for the small mouth bass, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. The latter two species have been released into the lake since the nineteen eighties. Shoreview Park, City Center – Hull Trail, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail, Glen Cove Park, Leigh Beach Park, Langford Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’26”  W123°31’38”

 

Glen Lake Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn right onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Jenkins Ave. Turn left onto Jenkins Ave and continue to the junction with Glen Lake Road once across Jacklin Road. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road and continue past Belmont Secondary School on the right. Turn left onto Glenview Place and follow the road to the parking area. City buses travel along Glen Lake Road.

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Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich

This four hectare neighborhood park is a great water front park with a south facing beach. It has a shallow tidal bay that warms up for swimming during the summer. You can see southwest down Squally Reach of Saanich Inlet toward the Bamberton area of Vancouver Island. The park was established in 1966 and named after John Coles, a midshipman aboard the HMS Thetis who visited this bay in 1851. There are two trails to the beach: a short 10 minute walk through the forest and grassy area brings you to a rock and cobble beach.  The second trail is longer allowing you to stroll under the Douglas-fir, big leaf maple and Western red cedar trees while crossing over Cole Creek on the wooden bridge. Both trails lead to the wooden staircases to the beach. Toilets and picnic areas along the first trail complete this park.  The beach area is rocky along the shoreline and when the tide is high there is a narrow beach area.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 37′ 53″ W123° 27′ 51″

You can get to Cole Bay Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A N) turn right onto West Saanich Road. Follow along this road until you reach Ardmore Drive and the golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive and look for Inverness Road and signs that indicate Cole Bay Park. There is gravel parking area off Inverness Road. While you are here make time to visit Th-kaut, the 1100 year old Douglas-fir tree on the third green of Ardmore Golf Course.

For maps of this park see the CRD Park brochure.