Blaney Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This easement between the acreages in the Duke/Albert Head neighborhood leads to a glorious view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. Fences line both sides of the rough footpath. There is no access to the water from this site as the trail ends on an igneous cliff face. Witty’s Lagoon Park is nearby.
Geographical Location N48º 23’ 17” W123º 30’ 16”
Blaney Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Gilbert Drive. Turn right onto Gilbert Drive and park on the side of the road. The trail is across Duke Road and lies between homes 3841 and 3837. There is limited road side parking along Duke Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.
Graceland Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. At four tenths of a hectare, this nature park is nestled in between two acreages in the Albert Head/Duke Point neighborhood. There is little to indicate that this park is a community area except for a small gravel parking area on the side of the turnabout at the end Graceland Drive. Cedar and fir trees compose most of the canopy trees with a few big leaf maple trees. The undergrown includes salal, broom and ferns. This can be a peaceful place to visit.
Geographical Location N48º 23’ 38” W123º 28’ 57”
Graceland Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Chapel Heights Road. Follow Chapel Heights Road to Graceland Drive. Turn left onto Graceland Drive and park on the side of turnabout at the end of the road. The nature park is between homes 3824 and 3827. There is limited road side parking. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.
Reginald Park is in the Luxton neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is about nine tenths of a hectare and lies on the slopes a one hundred and thirty two meter hill. The parkland is steep yet covered with Douglas fir and cedar trees. It borders along single family homes and the proposed road easement for the proposed continuation of Parkland Drive. City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fishers Pond Park, Chan Hillside Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 25’56” W123°32’ 15”
Reginald Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue to Ronald Road. Turn right onto Ronald Road and continue along to reach Reginald Place. Look for the park easement access between homes 1323 and 1329. There is limited roadside parking in this quiet neighborhood. City buses travel along Sooke Road.
Langford Lake Park North is in the Langford Lake area of Langford, B.C. This nature park is about a hectare in size and is shaped like an elongated rectangle. The park extends from Leigh Road, near the Trans Canada over pass, to Goldstream Avenue. There is limited to no access to this parkland which is surrounded by private property. Spencer Middle School Green Space, Spencer’s Pond Park, Langford Lake Park and Centennial Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 26’57” W123°31’ 19”
Langford Lake Park North can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. The park is on the right between homes 1146 and 1138. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.
Nicklaus Park East lies in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Located on a steep northern slopes of Miniskirt Mountain, Nicklaus Park East is about one third of a hectare in size with a polygonal shape. The park is bordered by several residential homes. Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees are seen in the second growth forest in this park. They provide shade to ocean spray, salal, snowberry and scotch broom shrubs as well as ferns and moss. The gravel trail into the park is steep and eventually connects to trails in Natures Gate Park, Nicklaus Park and Miniskirt Mountain Park. Muirfield Park is across the road from the trail along Nicklaus Drive. A small sign shows the trail head which meanders through rocky outcrops coved with moss.
Geographic location N48° 28’25” W123°31’28”
Nicklaus Park East 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 Nicklaus Drive. The trail to the park is near intersection of Nicklaus Drive and Bear Mountain Parkway. Further along Nicklaus Drive is the playground in Nicklaus Park. There is limited roadside parking.
Skyline Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park borders on Bear Mountain Parkway, the main road to the resort and golf course near the summit. This nature park is about one third of a hectare in size and is rectangle shape. The bluff in the park stands at one hundred and eighty seven meters high and has an amazing diversity of mosses and lichen. Douglas fir arbutus and cedar trees are scattered over the metamorphosed bedrock that make up this area along the slope of Mt Finlayson. This is a second growth forest nature park so trod with care. Alton Lane Park, Stone Gate Green Space, Harrow Gate Park, Stone Gate Park, Player’s Park, Quail Run Park, Spirit Ridge Park and Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 28’29” W123°30’50”
Skyline 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 Skyline Park subdivision on the left. Turn onto the roadway which is called 945 Bear Mountain Parkway. The nature park can be accessed from near the postal boxes. There is limited parking along the roadways near this nature park.
Bishops Gate Park is a second growth forested area in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Its two hectares form a nature area with steep slopes on the eastern shoulder of Mt Finlayson. The rise from Millstream Road to Bear Mountain Parkway is fifty-six meters over a distance of two hundred and thirty meters. The park can be reach from a gravel trail with a staircase that parallels Longspur Drive. This pathway is well traveled to the twenty-five wooden and gravel stairs. The stairs have a wooden handrail on the right side. The stairs lead to a moss and grass meadow that has a lovely display of springtime woodland flowers. It is at this point that this trail becomes indistinct as it heads uphill to eventual reach Bear Mountain Parkway near Stone Gate. There is also service access road along an upper ridge that connects Bishops Gate to Greenhill Rise, with the rows of town houses. This route is a well trodden path for people who walk their dogs between the two streets. This area of the park is terraced up from Longspur Drive and fenced with a chain-link fence. The view is to the east with the forests in Thetis Lake Park in the foreground and the coastal mountains on the mainland in the distance. This is a great place to explore in your backyard. This nature parkland is to the left past the service area. Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees shade the small shrubs found in the park. Bishops Gate Park borders along Chow Nicoll Park in the Highlands District as well as the boundary between the two districts. Mill Stream is seen within Chow Nicoll Park and in the lower area of Bishops Gate Park. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. There is about five kilometers of Mill Stream that lie within the City of Langford. Alton Lane Park, Stone Gate Green Space, Harrow Gate Park, Stone Gate Park, Skyline Park and Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space are nearby. Geographic location N48° 28’27” W123°30’40” Bishops Gate 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 Bishop Gate. Turn right onto Bishops Gate and look for the service road access between homes 2094 and 2101. The park can also be access from along Bear Mountain Parkway, Millstream Road and Greenhill Rise which is accessible from Millstream Road via Longspur Drive. There is limited parking along Bishops Gate and no parking along Bear Mountain Parkway or Millstream Road.