Chancellor Park is a neighborhood park in View Royal, B.C., with a playground, picnic table, and water fountain. The playground equipment is on a coarse sand base. The slide is a tall and stands next to the four swings, two for toddlers and two for children. A climbing tunnel is also fun to play on. There are benches along the pathway through the park. The Galloping Goose Trail passes along the north side of the parkland. This trail also forms a section of Trans Canada Trail. There is access to the park from Cheltenham Street. The shrubs and trees in this approximately half a hectare parkland provide shade over some of the benches and grass covered areas. Hospital Creek lies on the western edge of the parkland. This creek flows into Portage Inlet and drains about a two hundred and forty hectare area. This park provides a welcome respite during a bike ride or after a visit to the hospital as the concrete wood-like fence provides a noise barrier from the traffic on the freeway. Conrad Street Green Space, Knockan Hill Park, Tawny Park and Welland Legacy Park are nearby as is the Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Eagle Pacific Park.
You can get to Chancellor Park from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) off Hwy1. Then turn right at the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue; that is away from the hospital seen to the left. The park is at the junction with Quincy Avenue where there is a small parking area. City buses travel along Helmcken Road toward the hospital.
Conard Street Green Space has a twenty meter footpath that connects Burnside Road West with Conard Street in the residential neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Himalayan blackberry bushes border the pathway which includes twelve step down the concrete staircase. Chancellor Park and Knockan Hill Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 28 4” W123° 25’ 27.3”
Conard Street Green Space can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to reach Camden Avenue. Turn right onto Camden Avenue. Take the first left onto Conard Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West and Helmcken Road.
Cedar and spruce trees provide ample shade over the grass areas and small clusters of snowberry bushes in Tawny Park. This small neighborhood nature park is along Stancil Lane in View Royal, B.C. The semi circular shaped park is bordered by Stancil Lane and Tawny Lane. There is a wood fence along its south side. Welland Legacy Park is at the eastern end of Stancil Lane and is worth a visit. The Galloping Goose Trail, Knockan Hill Park and Chancellor Park are nearby.
Tawny Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road. Take the second right onto Eaton Avenue and left onto Stancil Lane. The park is at 1257 Stancil Lane at the junction with Tawny Place. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road.
Two hundred and thirty-five fruit trees with over one hundred and forty varieties of heritage apples are found at the orchard that forms the Welland Legacy Park. There are kiwi, quince, cherry, paw paw, hazel nut, medlar, grape, pear, plum, and fig trees growing on the two thirds of a hectare parkland. The land was donated to the Town of View Royal by the late Rex Welland, an apple and bee elder as well as a former member of the fruit growers on Vancouver Island. There are Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) plants as well. About half of the property is protected under a covenant with The Land Conservancy of British Columbia. The park borders the Galloping Goose Trail and has a great view of Portage Inlet. There are Douglas fir, Chilean pine (monkey puzzle) and eucalyptus trees as well as other unique species of plants on the property. Lifecycle Project Society hosts workshops for plant maintenance and education. There is a sixty-five meter long paved path, bordered by black chain link fence, along the homestead from Burnside Road W to the park. A composting toilet is in the lower section of the park near the gate from the Galloping Goose Trail. There are also several bee hives on the property and a couple of sheds. Several trees including many apple trees and the Chilean pine tree are separated from the parkland by a black chain-link fence. Tawny Park, Knockan Hill Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Chancellor Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 27’ 55” W123° 25’ 16”
Welland Legacy Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road. Take the second right onto Eaton Avenue and left onto Stancil Lane. The park is at 1215 Stancil Lane or the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking on either Stancil Lane or Burnside Road W. City buses travel along Burnside Road and the park can be accessed from the gated chain-linked fenced paved pathway between 1247 and 1245.
Knockan Hill Park is a Garry oak meadow with several footpaths that circle around and lead to the viewpoints from the rocky summits of Knockan Hill. The word “knockan” is from an anglicized interpretation of the Salish word “ngu’kan” or the Gaelic word “cnocan.” Both words describe a rocky hill. This park is managed cooperatively between the Town of View Royal and the Municipality of Saanich. The split cedar fence along High Street trailhead encourages hikers and pets to stay on the trails while enjoy the spring time flowers of the chocolate, white fawn and camas lilies. There are arbutus, cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as oceanspray, Oregan grape, blackberry and snowberry bushes on the slopes of Knockan Hill which is about 83 meters high. The park can be accessed from several roadways in Saanich such as from along Helmcken Road, Burnside Road West, Jean Heights Place or Tree Place as well as from the end of Mildred Street. Tawny Park, Welland Legacy Park, the Galloping Goose Trail and Chancellor Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 28 8.3” W123° 25’ 14.7”
Knockan Hill Park can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to Burnside Road West. Turn right onto Burnside Road West. Take the second left onto High Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West.
Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society have a map and further information on this park.