Helmcken Centennial Park

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Helmcken Park is known as the ball park for fastball and home to the View Royal Fastball teams. This is community athletic park as well as a wonderful family and toddler friendly park in View Royal, B.C. Helmcken Centennial Park has three fenced fastball diamonds, a basketball or multi-purpose court and a tennis court in its two and half hectares. There is also a batting cage and storage shed. The park borders on an indentation of Portage Inlet which is a migratory bird and wildlife area. This tidal area also has a ephemeral creek that drains from the surrounding area. Signage near the White Pine pathway describes the colonial activities on Portage Inlet and the Gorge Water front. This would be an okay site to launch a paddle board, kayak or canoe at high tide as the wetland area can be wide.  The playground has slides, swings, a long tube and climbing apparatus on a gravel base for children of all ages. This is good place for parkour. There is a seasonal concession, a meeting room and toilets in a building that is maintained by the ball team. Native plants along the shore of Portage Inlet include snow berries and rose plants as well as several different grasses to help maintain the integrity of the tidal wetlands. White Pine Road Green Space has a footpath into the park from Werra Road. The green spaces at Stillwater Road, Seabird Place, Thomas Park Drive, Polly Place, Crane Place and Tidewater Road are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 42” W123° 25’ 48”

 

Helmcken Centennial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. Victoria General Hospital is to the north along Helmcken Road. At the traffic circle, exit east toward Helmcken Park and Kingham Place. Stay on Kingham Place to reach the small parking lot beside the park. A second parking area is accessed from further along Helmcken Road closer to the buildings. City busses service the Helmcken Park and Ride parking area near Helmcken Road.

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Water Front Walkway, Sidney-by-the-Sea

This excellent and scenic walk along the waterfront of Sidney is pleasant year round. It is a lovely area for meeting up with friends and family, taking in the Salish Sea and enjoying the local eateries. The walkway starts near the Port of Sidney Marina and follows the shoreline to the the southern border of Sidney. It connects Seaport Park, Beacon Park, Eastview Park, Tulista Park and Lochside Waterfront Park over the two thousand five hundred meter length.  Near the Port of Sidney, the walkway follows the waterfront around the restaurants and stores and leads toward the bandstand, behind the Sidney Museum, in Beacon Park. Continue along and enjoy the outdoor art. At the end of Beacon Avenue take a look for the Beacon Pole, an old navigational marker. The brick walkway continues toward the diver into Eastview Park. More outdoor art can be seen here. Once you pass Eastview Park, the pathway is gravel and rougher, but still wheelchair accessible, as it continues along the water front toward Tulista Park and Lochside Waterfront Park.

You can get to Port Sidney from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at the Beacon Avenue exit and drive to the end of the road around the traffic circle and exit on to First Avenue. Ample paid parking is available near the marina or alternatively, park at any of the areas along the walkway to enjoy the waterfront. The closest public bus transport is at Fifth Avenue.