Sunny Green Space

 

Sunny Green Space is a strip of green space in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space provides access up a steep slope and is about two meters wide. It is about one hundred and fifty meters up the steep slope using one hundred and sixteen steps up from King George Terrance to Denison Road. The concrete staircase permits a climb up about forty meters and  is uneven in sections. Garry oak trees and small shrubs line the pathway. The Sunny Green Space provides a wonderful workout with a vista reward at the end as Walbran Park is just across the Denison Road and Gonzales Hill Regional Park is further west along Denison Road.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 40”  W123º 19’ 5”

Sunny Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Beach Avenue. Turn right onto Beach Avenue then make a right onto Sunny Lane. The pedestrian trail is on the left with a sign that says pathway to Walbran Park. There is limited parking in this residential area.  City busses travel close to this park.

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Gonzales Hill Regional Park – Oak Bay

 

Gonzales Hilll Regional Park is a park of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Acquired in 1992 by both Victoria and Oak Bay Municipalities and the CRD, the distinctive rounded roof of the Gonzales Observatory Weather Station overlooks Victoria, Oak Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  This park hosts the heritage building, which was built in nineteen fourteen. The site was used by meteorological scientists for gathering data on atmospheric gases until the late nineteen eighties.  The view from the summit of Gonzales Park, at 200 feet above sea level, is to the southwest over the City of Victoria and the western communities of Esquimalt, Colwood and Metchosin. The rocky outcrops are mostly granodiorite with glacial striations. The rocks are covered with unique wildflowers, various mosses and lichens. Small shrubs and trees cling to the slopes of the park.  A walking pathway leads from the parking area past the observatory and toward Barkley Terrace, a road that connects to King George Terrace. This pathway is really for those who are venturesome as the route eventually leads to Gonzales Bay.  Garry oak and arbutus trees are found in this parkland as well as broom and snowberry shrubs. At Gonzales Bay, in the Municipality of Victoria, picnic tables, toilets and benches overlook the sand and pebble beach.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 48”  W123º 19’ 28”

Gonzales Hill Regional Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Denison Road. Turn right onto Denison Road and continue up the hill to the reach the parking area on the right. Access to the park is available from several areas.  Parking off Barkley is limited.  Alternatively, start at the sandy beach of Gonzales Bay, climb stairs at the eastern end of the beach onto Crescent Road, keep straight ahead on King George Terrace, turn lead onto Barkley Terrace, climb stairs to observatory.  City buses travel close to this park.

Fireman’s Park

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Fireman’s Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A brick building and fire tower house the fire station and police department for the Municipality of Oak Bay.  Across the parking lot is Fireman’s Park.  It includes Jack Groove’s field and baseball diamonds.  The eastern diamond is shaded by a couple of tall giant sequoia trees. There are several tall Garry oak trees near the play areas. Fireman’s Park is a good place for throwing around the baseball or frisbee as well as catching a baseball game during the season.  There is a playground with a slide, swings and sandbox.  A monkey bar completes the play area. Bowker Creek Park is across St Ann’s Street and the Oak Bay Community Garden plots are across the Monteith Road. This is a place to start your walk along Bowker Creek Walkway.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 46”  W123º 18’ 42”

Fireman’s Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off of Foul Bay Road onto Cadboro Bay Road then take the first right turn after the high school onto Canmore Street. Continue along Canmore to reach St Ann’s Street and turn right onto St Ann’s Street.  The park is on the left side of the fire hall and buildings. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

Glen Forest Green Space

Glen Forest Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Marked by a historical view point marker, Glen Forest Green Space hosts a bridge over Bilston Creek. A historical marker indicates that the bridge across the creek was initially composed of logs and poles without railings. The Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin is nearby.

Geographical location N48º 23’ 54” W123º 32’ 56”

Glen Forest Green Space can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then left onto Glen Forest Way. The green space is immediately after the bridge. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Sun Estates Park

Sun Estates Park is in the Braemar Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park borders on southern slopes Lookout Lake Park, a swimming and fishing reservoir in Colwood, B.C.  This green space is on the western slope of Triangular Hill also called Triangle Mountain.  Rocky outcrops with cedar and Douglas fir are found in this steep area of Triangle Mountain on Southern Vancouver Island. Lookout Brook flows intermittently through this parkland supplied by overflow from Lookout Lake. The brook has a earth dam on the junction with the reservoir which was constructed in nineteen fifty eight for the forest protection services. The brook eventually connects with Pritchard Creek which flows into Bilston Creek and onward into Witty’s Lagoon and Juan de Fuca Strait. Sun Estates Park is a nature park with a rough gravel foot path that winds down though the Douglas fir forest grove. Havenwood Park, in Colwood, Sunhills Park, SunGrove Park, Desmond South Park, Desmond North Park and Ernhill Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’57”  W123°30’49”

 

Sun Estates 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 take the first left onto Fulton Road. Continue onto Fulton Road and then left onto Sunheights Drive. Continue along Sunheights Drive to reach Sun Estates. Turn left onto Sun Estates and look for a two car parking area on the left. The trail is on the left of the parking area. There is limited roadside parking along Sunheights Drive or Sunestates Place. The park can also be access from Lookout Lake Park in Colwood. City buses travel along Sunheights Drive.

Shoreview Park

Shoreview Park is along the northwest shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This small park has a gravel and wood chip pathway that leads towards the lake along a wetlands area. Another pathway leads toward Glen Lake Road and connects with Hulls Trail. Douglas fir and cedars trees line the pathway with salal, ferns and blackberry bushes filling in the understory. This section of the trail is about seventy meters long and leads to Glen Lake Road. The next section continues from Shoreview Drive turnabout to reenter the forest area to the south. About one hundred and eighty meters long, this section of the pathway borders along the wetlands of Glen Lake and can be muddy and wet. The vegetation along this section may include skunk cabbage, sedges, bulrush, red alder and other wetland plants. The trail leads to the spray park and playground along the shore the Glen Lake and within Glen Lake Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’30”  W123°31’31”

 

Shoreview 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. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road then left onto Springhill Road and left onto Shoreview Drive. The park trail is between homes 3037 and 3045. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Clearwater Green Space

Clearwater Green Space is in the Westhills neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The green space is a pedestrian walkway from Langford Parkway to Clearwater Place. The concrete pathway is about eighty meters long. The route is surrounded by private homes and has views of Langford Lake to the northwest. Clearwater Waterview Green Space is nearby. Other parks within walking distance are Langford Lake Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Goudy Park, City Center Park, Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park and Westhills Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’38”  W123°31’47”

 

Clearwater Waterview Green Space 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. Continue along Goldstream Avenue to reach Jacklin Avenue. Turn south onto Jacklin Avenue and continue to Langford Parkway. Turn right onto Langford Parkway to reach Langford Lake Road, just past City Center and Goudy parks. Turn right onto Clearwater Place and look for the green space and pathway along the turnabout at the end of the road. City buses travel along Langford Park and Langford Lake Road.