Haynes Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The rock and cobble beach that borders the seashore of Haynes Park is a favorite for bird watchers. A concrete staircase leads to the rocky beach. The waters are part of Oak Bay, the large area of water that forms the sheltered area west of Mary Tod Islet in the Salish Sea. The sheltered bay is filled with moored boats and other vessels that are moored to the docks of Oak Bay Marina. Many of the vessels provide usable platforms for blue herons to display their patience while fishing. The park lawn is interspersed with Garry Oak trees. A swing set, park benches, and beach accesses, including a limited access boat ramp, are also found in the park. Glenlyon School playground is near the school’s boathouse off the north end of Haynes Park. This park was named for Arthur Edward Haynes a former accountant, real estate agent and an alderman of the inaugural Oak Bay Council in nineteen o’six. A couple of benches, a picnic table and water fountain on found here. Oak Bay Green Space, Willows’ Beach Park and Windsor Park are nearby.
Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35” W123º 18’ 27”
Haynes 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. Turn right at the traffic lights on to Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left off Cadboro Bay Road onto Bowker Avenue. Follow Bowker to reach Beach Drive. Turn left onto Beach Drive and look for Haynes Park near the junction with Beresford Place. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Beach Drive periodically.
Luxton Park in in the Langford, B.C. This fourteen hectare privately owned property hosts community events like the Luxton Fair and seasonal Farmers Markets. This private park area is owned by the Metchosin Farmers Institute since the early nineteen hundreds. Many of the buildings in the fairground were built during the nineteen twenties. The park has a large chain-linked fenced baseball diamond that is used by the ballplayers in the Triangle Athletic Association. The ball park has a concession booth and sets of bleachers. The playground, best accessed from Penwood Road, has some unique structures. There are swings mixed with teeter-totters and a lookout “crow’s nest” climbing structure. There is also a curving monkey bars set with raised covered tunnels as well as a high slide. This could be an interesting place to do some parkour. The toilets and several picnic areas are open periodically when events are hosted. Firehall Creek flows though the property toward Bilston Creek with tributaries that flow down from the north. Bilston Creek eventually reaches the Salish Sea at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Riparian plants such as Himalayan blackberries, willows, elderberry, elder, cattails, horsetail, indian plum and ocean spray, grow along the banks of the creek. Galloping Goose Trail-Langford borders along the eastern side of the parkland and provides an alternative way to visit the park during events. Reginald Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Ernhill Park, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Chan Hillside Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 25’47” W123°32’4”
Luxton Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millsteam Road exit and continue along to turn head onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Follow VMP to reach Sooke Road. Follow Sooke Road to Luxton Road. The green space is on the corner of Sooke Road and Luxton Road. While there is limited roadside parking this area there are several small parking areas off Marwood Avenue. The park lies between Marwood Avenue and Penwood Road. City buses travel along Sooke Road.
Centennial Park is in the downtown area of Langford, B.C. This park is also known as Carlow as well as Kinsmen and Langford Fastball Park. Presumably it was established for the centennial celebration of the formation of the Colony of British Columbia in eighteen fifty-eight. Centennial Park is about three hectares in size. The park hosts a splash park, two play ground areas, a concession and washroom building, four fastball fields and tennis courts. The playgrounds lie on either side of the splash park. One play area has a series of climbable structures with ramps, double slides and a bridge over the pea gravel base. The other play area is a large climbable web suspended between three arched poles. The rubber mat surfacing has been used under this structure. The splash park has several spouts of water as well as a long slide that is surrounded by rocks and concrete. There are benches along the perimeter of the play areas as well as a few picnic tables. The concession is open seasonal and for some ball games. The washroom is also open seasonally. Each ball diamond has bleachers and covered dugouts for the teams. The diamonds have perimeter chain link fences. The fields are the home of the Langford Minor Fastball Club. There is a batting cage along the south side of the west field as well as storage sheds. The tennis courts are best accessed from Tennis Court Lane off of Rita Road. The tall chain link fence, with door-sized gates on either end, surrounds the two courts which have benches for seating and gear. A tall giant sequoia tree provides shade over the tennis courts in the afternoon. The north and south sides of the sports fields are lined with a twenty foot tall cedar hedge which has individual trees replaced over the years. A foot path along the perimeter, about five hundred and fifty meters long, has with gravel and paved sections. Knotty Pine Park, Kerr Goldstream Green Space, Spencer Middle School Green Space and Langford Lake Park North are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 26’55” W123°30’48”
Centennial Park 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. Then make a left turn left onto Carlow Street. The park is on the right. There is a small parking lot as well as roadside parking near the park. The park can also be access from a pathway that connects to Sybronden Road Alternative parking is found near the tennis court access from Tennis Court Lane. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and the Trolley provides service along Carlow Street.
Kettle Creek Park is the Goldstream Meadows neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is bordered by a chain link fence to the north and fences of family homes to the south. There are several shore pine trees, rose bushes and deciduous trees in this grassy landscaped park. A couple of picnic tables along the gravel pathway complete the space. Gold Stream Provincial Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 27’9” W123°32’33”
Kettle Creek Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at the West Shore Parkway and continue through the traffic circle. Make a left onto Kettle Lake Road and then a right onto Kettle Creek Crescent. The park is on the left near the rise of the road. There is roadside parking this area.
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.