Matheson Lake Regional Park

Matheson Lake Regional Park is partly within the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Matheson Lake Regional Park is 1620 square km area that became a Capital Regional District park in 1993 when it was acquired from the province of British Columbia.  The lake is surrounded by trails with some excellent views over the lake and surrounding areas.  The Galloping Goose Trail –Metchosin passes by the lake shore on its north side; there is access to the parking lot and toilet facilities near the eastern end of the lake.

Matheson Lake Park is bordered by Roche Cove Regional Park on the west border and there is a pathway that follows the course of Wildwood Creek to the ocean. Wildwood Creek forms in the wetlands of the surrounding hills and enters Matheson Lake on its eastern end. Wildwood watershed covers about seven hundred and sixty nine hectares. with about three percent of the watershed covered by impervious surfaces.

The parkland is composed of young trees as most harvestable trees were removed in the early nineteen hundreds. That said, there are several large old trees to admire for their tenacity and resilience. Hemlock, cedar, Douglas fir compose more of the main slopes of the lake shore while big leaf maples and cottonwood fill in the new growth. The lake is a pleasant paddling destination for those seeking a serene, cloistered environment. There is a small island in the land to circumnavigate. It’s a short walk from the parking area to the beach, where hand-carried boats may be launched. Launch your canoe, kayak or paddle board to explore the small indentations and island that characterize the lake. The park has wonderful excellent swimming areas and hiking trails.

A trail from the park leads rough southward up to Caines Way. This is a very steep slope route that ascends about one hundred meters along its three kilometer course. This route connects through Roche Cove Regional Park and eventually leads to Mount Matheson. With an elevation of 267 meters, Mount Matheson is located outside the perimeter of Metchosin in the community of East Sooke.

Trails along the north side of the park connect with the Galloping Goose Trail from Metchosin and include La Bonne Trail, La Bonne-Matheson Lake Trail, Wayne’s Rock Trail, Wildwood Creek Trail, Bob Mountain Park.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 37” W123º 35’ 40”

Matheson Lake Regional Park 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 left onto Happy Valley Road then right onto Rocky Point Road. Matheson Lake Road will be on the right just past the sign that indicate a parking area for the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin.

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Blinkhorn Park

Blinkhorn Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Blinkhorn Lake forms the center of this parkland while the Mount Blinkhorn lies to the east. Mount Blinkhorn is surrounded by private property thus is not available to the public. These features recognizes the English man Mr. Thomas Blinkhorn whom arrived in the eighteen fifties. He was appointed the chief magistrate and justice of the peace for the local area. Blinkhorn Lake is feed by drainage off the two hundred and fifty nine meter hill. In the mid-eighteen hundreds the lake was marked as a potential water reservoir for the Esquimalt-Victoria area. The nature developed property has maintained its Douglas fir and red cedar forest. There is a footpath around the lake that is about seven hundred meters long. A long partially submerged log forms a pier into the lake. The parkland is surrounded by private properties. Spellman and Carlton Cosh parks are nearby.

Geographical location             N48º 23’ 8” W123º 34’ 31”

 

Blinkhorn Park 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 Sooke Road. Turn left onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Kangaroo Road. Turn right onto Kangaroo Road and then left onto Lindholm Road. The park near the junction of Spellman Place and Lindholm Road. Access to Spellman Park is across the road. There is limited road side parking along Lindholm Road. A small parking area is available off Kangaroo Road.  City buses travel along Sooke Road.

Ed Nixon Trail – Langford Lake Park

The Ed Nixon Trail lies along the southern half of Langford Lake in Langford, B.C. This trail is within Langford Lake Park and is about two kilometers in lenght. The trail is extended by including pathways that parallel Goldstream Avenue and Leigh Road to create a four and half kilometer circle route. This footpath is wheelchair accessible over rough gravel with several portions as elevated boardwalks. The boardwalks are over wetland that help to protect marshlands found along the trail. The marsh lands include skunk cabbage, spirea, sedges, willows and several grasses. The trail is shaded by tall Douglas fir trees, as well as a few cottonwood and cedar trees. A stroll along the pathway allows connection to several other Langford Lake Parks: Lakeshore Place Park, Shelby Park, Flute Lane Park, Le Quesne Park and Leigh Beach Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’57”  W123°19

 

The Ed Nixon Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream Avenue to reach a large parking area. The Trans Canada Highway once exited onto Goldstream Avenue in this area (but is now closed).  The trail is to the southwest or left as your enter the parking area. This is a good staging area for larger groups using the pathway. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

Lake Ida Ann Park

Lake Ida Ann Park 5 Lake Ida Ann Park 2 Lake Ida Ann Park

Lake Ida Ann Park is in the Bear Mountain – Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This small manmade lake lies within the Gardner Creek drainage which is part of the Mill Stream watershed. The park is about a hectare in size with a gravel footpath along the shoreline. The four hundred meter pathway is partial forested with alder, ocean spray with small arbutus, willow, cedar and spruce trees. Along the trail, there are picturesque views of the two fountains used to aerating the shallow water. Several benches and picnic tables are found along the lake shore although this is not a lake for swimming as it rather shallow. A wooden pedestrian bridge passes over a seasonal creek near the trail to Jamie Place. The east end of the lake is dammed by concrete bags and a culvert to maintain the water level. This lake is stock annually with seventy-five trout by the government’s environment branch. The expectation is that the fish will be hooked by young novice fishers. Pathways from both Jamie Place and Ashley Place connect to the lake trail. A pleasant two kilometer stroll is around Lake Ida Ann to the trail through Ashley Green Space, north along Millstream Road to Sparrow Green Space and back along the streets in this quiet neighborhood to reach the trail at Jamie Place. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Setchfield Park and Camli Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°30’17”

Ida Ann Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub. Turn left onto Treanor Avenue and look to the right for the roadside parking area. Buses travel along Treanor Ave.

Thetis Lake Regional Park – Langford

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Thetis Lake Regional Park – Langford

Thetis Lake Park – Panhandle Trail

Thetis Lake Panhandle trail view hill Thetis Lake Panhandle trail stumps (2)

At the junction of Barker Road and Highland Road is the Panhandle Trail of Thetis Lake Regional Park. This one and half kilometer long old fire road is gated with a yellow metal barrier. The trail heads east along the north border of the parkland to branch into two pathways that lead to the corridor under the hydro-electric towers and into Francis King Regional Park. The Panhandle Trail is frequented by cyclists and equestrians as well as some hikers and dog walkers. This is pleasant stroll through some tall Douglas fir, big leaf maple and arbutus trees. The snowberry bushes, oceanspray plants, Oregan grape shrubs, salal and ferns as well as the many moss covered rocks add to the peacefulness of the area. The initial five hundred meters of the pathway is along relatively level ground with several bends and curves around wetlands and tree stumps. At the junction with the trail with High Ridge Trail into Francis King Park, the Panhandle Trail becomes slightly steeper though the second growth forest of Douglas fir trees. There is a good view point to the north from hill along this section. The pathway then descends with a few curves to reach Munn Road. This is an excellent place to explore in your backyard.

 

Geographical position N48° 28’ 54” W123° 27’ 48”

 

Thetis Lake Regional Park – Panhandle Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway or Hwy 1. Turn off at Exit 10 to reach Burnside Road West. Stay right as the road branches toward the junction with Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and then right onto Highland Road. Follow Highland Road as it narrows into Thetis Lake Regional Park and continue where the roadway curves to become Barker Road. The trail head is near the junction of Barker Road with Highland Road. There is limited parking along the roadways although there is a small parking area at the trailhead. City buses travel to the junction of Highland Road and Watkiss Way.

 

For a map of the hiking trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park, see the CRD Parks brochure.