Quimper Park

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Quimper Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that forms the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Quimper Park is a residential park with a playground that has a swing, slide and play set with a wood chip base. A small sand box is found near the play area.  The quarter of a hectare grassy lot is great place to kick around a soccer ball or play a game of frisbee.  There is a small asphalt area designed for basketball. This park has benches and is surrounded by homes and has a low fence along the quiet roadside. There are washrooms and a small shelter area for picnics. There are some small roadside trees. The Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are near by.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Quimper 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 right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Quimper Street. The park is on the left between the residential homes.  There is limited off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  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.

Willows Beach Park

Willows Beach Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Formed by a sandy beach about 6 blocks long, Willows Beach Park is idyllic seashore as it is one of the rare sandy beaches in the CRD.  It a great place to observe the local flora and fauna. Stroll from Cattle Point in Uplands Park to the Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea House on the south end.

The park also has a grassy area is just inland of the Tea House, a seasonal concession, where volleyball games and other activities occur.  The slides, swings, benches, and toilet facilities provide an opportunity for the kids to play and to slow even the most ambitious walkers.  A Songhees Indian Village, the Sitchanalth Village, was unearthed during the construction of the toilet facilities in the 1970’s.  The Sitchanalth Village provided artifacts from 2,600 to 10, 000 years ago. This grassy area is bordered by Garry oak trees and a hedge along the parking lot. A granite rock fence forms a perimeter along Beach Drive.

Geographical location N48° 26′ 2″ W123° 18′ 18″

You can get to Willows Beach Park is from Bowker or Dalhousie Avenues along Beach Drive.  Some off street parking is available along Esplanade Street and Dalhousie Street.

You can extend your walk toward the rocky point of Cattle Point.  Alternatively stroll in the opposite direction past the Tea House and continue along Beach Drive toward Haynes Park and Turkey Head Walkway near the Oak Bay Marina.   Glenlyon School and surrounding residential areas display some of the beautiful manicured gardens of the area.  Numerous park benches and beach access points permit a leisurely stroll along the way to Haynes Park and Oak Bay Marina. This park is on the city bus route.

Carnarvon Park

Carnarvon Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay which is part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is a small multifaceted jewel in Oak Bay. In the late eighteen hundreds, this area was developed as the Willows horse racing track, presently, the park hosts two baseball diamonds, tennis courts, fenced hockey rink, water park, and other play areas. It is the perfect place for a family outing.  Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club and facilities are based here. There is a seasonal concession and washroom facilities. The Peter Pan Outdoor Water Park and Playground operates seasonally. A daycare operates out of the main buildings.

Geographical Location N48° 26′ 22″     W123° 19′ 02″

You can get to Carnarvon Park from Foul Bay Road.  Turn east onto Allenby, Townley, or Carnarvon Street.  There is limited off street parking.  Look for trails to Carnarvon Park between Henderson and Newton Streets.  A trail leads to Carrick Boulevard that provides quick access to the Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road junction. A couple of city buses travel by this park.

Nottingham Park

Fabulous architecture and landscaping surround Nottingham Park.  Nottingham Park is located in the seaside community of Oak Bay, a district in the Capital Regional District that forms the greater area of Victoria, British Columbia. Located in the southern side of t the Upland Estates, this park includes a playgym and extensive lawns.  It is shaded by tall Garry Oak trees making it a wonderful place to watch the children play or throw a ball about while enjoying the neighborhood. There are a couple of benches near the play area. The eastern side of the park is bordered by a wooden fence. Loon Bay Park, Uplands Park and Willows Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

Geographical Location N48° 26′ 39″ W123° 18′ 20″

You can get to Nottingham Park from Hillside Avenue that turns into Lansdowne Road.  Cross over Cadboro Bay Road into the Upland Estates and turn right on to Nottingham Street.  Some street parking is available. The city bus travels near this park.

Hans Helgeson Elementary School Green Space

 

Hans Helgeson Elementary School Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The three hectare area is part of the Sooke School District number 62 in B.C. Originally built in nineteen sixty nine its name commemorates Mr Hans Helgeson. He was a farmer pioneer and prospector in the Metchosin area as well as a member of parliament during the eighteen sixties. The school yard has a large grass covered field for outdoor sports and a playground area that available outside of school hours. The landscape of the school yard includes some evergreen trees while the school yard is bordered by a chainlink fence and homesteads. There is a small of second growth cedar and Douglas fir forest near the entrance to the school property. The Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin is nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 53” W123º 33’ 20”

Hans Helgeson Elementary School Green Space 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 and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Look for the school signs along the roadway. The entrance maybe have a barrier outside of school hours. There is a small parking area on the left of the driveway into the school.

Vitality Park

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Vitality Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This peaceful neighborhood park has a small playground. The playground is composed a small swing set with some climbing apparatus. It borders along the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford. Loma Linda Park, Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space and AT Gordon Memorial Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’49”  W123°32’ 14”

 

Vitality Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Mill Stream Road and head south toward Sooke along Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and continue along to reach Vitality Drive. Turn left onto Vitality Drive and look for the park on the right as the road curves to the left.