Shoreline– Craigowan Green Space is along the shore of Portage Inlet although a variety of trees limits the access and view of the water. It is found along the Christie Point neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. There are willow, spruce, pine, fir and big leaf maple trees in this small green space. Snowberry and blackberry bushes also have a foothold on this site. On a properties nearby there are several arbutus trees and a giant sequoia tree. This is an interesting area to explore in your backyard. It is found at the end of Shoreline Drive near the junction with Craigowan Road to the Christie Point multi-residence complex. Shoreline Middle School Green Space and Shoreline Drive Green spaces are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 19” W123° 25’ 39”
Shoreline– Craigowan Green Space scan be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) Turn south onto Admirals Road (McKenzie Avenue is north from this intersection). Stay on Admirals Road and cross over the Craigflower Bridge, at which point the road names changes to Craigflower Road. Turn right onto the Island Highway. Take the next right onto Shoreline Drive and continue to the end of the road. There is limited parking along Shoreline Drive. City buses travel along the Old Island Highway.
The school is part of the Victoria School District number sixty-one and as such the school grounds are used for students during school hours. The area is landscaped with a few arbutus and Garry oak trees as well as a large grass covered field. This is the sports field that is used for soccer, baseball and rugby as well as track and field. There is a trail along the ridge of grounds that parallels the sidewalk along the Island Highway. The road forms the south border of this green space. An excellent playground is along the ridge near the fenced basketball court. The playground is on a wood chip based and a linear setup that is great for climbing and balancing. The view of Portage Inlet from the playground makes this a favorite place. The green space is near the portage route or the shortest walking access to Esquimalt Harbour via Portage Park. This portage route was used haul boats and supplies from the Inlet to the Harbour. Craigflower House and Shoreline Drive Green Space are close by. Portage Park and the E&N Rail Trail are to the west.
Glenairlie Park lies along a low ridge that overlooks the estuary of Craigflower Creek that is where it meets Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. The E&N Railway and Rail Trail lies between the park and the water. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Glenairlie Park is a sloped twelve hundred square meters of grass. There is road access to the railway berm along the east side of the park although there is limited access to the water from this park. A well located bench provides a good vantage point to view the waterway. A few small trees complete this landscaped area. View Royal Elementary School Green Space is to the west, while Suzanne Place Green Space is to the south along Glenairlie Drive.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 18” W123° 25’ 54”
Glenairlie Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) onto Helmcken Road and turn south. Continue past two traffic circles and turn left onto Rudyard Road beside View Royal Elementary School. Continue along Rudyard Road to reach Stormont Road. Turn left onto Stormont Road and continue as it merges with Glenairlie Drive. The park is on the left between homes numbered 305 and 277. There is limited road side parking along Glenairlie Drive. City buses travel along Helmcken Road and the Old Island Highway.
Note: The E&N Rail Trail may be accessible from this park once construction is completed.
Located near Craigflower Creek and Portage Inlet, View Royal Elementary School Green Space is a terrific area to enjoy outside of school hours. The school grounds are just under three hectares. The area at the front of this fifty year old building is a tri-level area. The lower area is a paved parking space for teachers, staff and parents. A dozen concrete stairs lead up to the basketball court, a ball toss basket and circles painted on the asphalt for fox and hound outdoor games. There is a chain-link fence surrounding this raised area. The concrete retaining wall around the basketball court depicts colorful images of children at play. The upper level has a playground with a wood chip base and is bordered by a grass covered area. This playground has various climbing apparatus that connect to a platform with a slide. A cedar hedge fence forms a partial barrier along Helmcken Road while the chain-link fence is decorated with fish in a colorful display. A map of North America is painted on the asphalt near this playground. A small sloped grass covered area provides a natural play area along Rudyard Road and Glenairlie Drive. Several spruce and big leaf maple trees as well as several shrubs grow in this area. Near the entrance to the school are six raised garden beds near the school.
Two other playground areas are shared with the preschool and out-of-school care facilities that are part of the school campus. A playground area, around the back of the school building, has swings, metal monkey bars and climbing apparatus. There are two squares painted into quarters and a painted spiral for hopscotch on the asphalt near this playground. A large grass covered sports field lies along the E&N Railway track and rail trail. This north side of the school grounds is framed by a row of deciduous trees. A footpath connects the green space to both Rudyard Road, via these series of multi-step concrete staircases, and to Glenairlie Drive along a paved sloped pathway that is bordered by a black berry bushes and a row of trees. The green space and building that forms the elementary school grounds are part of the school district of Victoria number sixty one. Helmcken Park, Glenairlie Park, Portage Park and View Royal Municipal Park are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 27” W123° 26’ 13”
View Royal Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit onto Helmcken Road and turn south. Continue past the first traffic circle to the second one, near Craigflower Creek, and exit into the school parking lot. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.
This three kilometer regional trail parallels the E&N railway track from Halloway Road to Atkins Avenue in View Royal, B.C. While there is typically a footpath on or along railbeds, the E&N Rail Trail – View Royal is being developed into a paved multi-user trail that lies beside the functional railway track. The rail trail hooks up with the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail at Atkins Avenue.
From Halloway Road, the Rail Trail passes through the Douglas fir and Garry oak forest of Portage Park. There are several footpaths into the park including one that leads to a tunnel that passes under the railway. The pedestrian bridge over the Island Highway is at about seven hundred meters from Halloway Road. From the bridge there are views of the waters of Portage Inlet and the hills to the north. The trail also ties in with the cyclist route beside the Island Highway with a paved curved ramp. The Rail Trail continues to bend along the waters of Portage Inlet and is bordered by private properties on the south side. The trail curves to head westward along the estuary and shore of Craigflower Creek. There are red alder and willow trees that form the riparian area which is the habitat for many local and migratory birds. The grass coverd slope of Glenairlie Park can be seen to the south. As the rail trail reaches the bridge over Helmcken Road, View Royal Elementary School Green Space with sports fields and playground areas can be seen. Once past the bridge, the landscaped and grass covered area of View Royal Park encourage an excursion from the trail in this lovely residential area with royal views. The Rail Trail continues through residential complexes and single family homes to reach Fort Victoria. Palmer Station, an original VIA Rail stop, divides the pleasant camping and recreation vehicle grounds of the Fort Victoria RV Park. Soon the forested area of Kislingbury Road Green Space is seen to the left while the Adams Place Green Space lies further along to the right just after the storage facility with many cargo boxes. The trail eventually connects to the Atkins Avenue junction with the Galloping Goose Trail.
Note as of December 2014 this trail is under construction and sections are incomplete.
The Rail Trail – View Royal can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Since the rail trail connects with the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal the route can be accessed from Atkins Avenue where there is a small parking area. To reach the Halloway Road section of the Rail Trail exit Hwy1 onto Admirals Road and continue passed Craigflower Bridge and Road to turn right onto Halloway Road. There is limited roadside parking near the trail head at the end of Halloway Road. City buses travel near this trail at many road crossings.
Midwood Green Space is clover and grass covered area with beach access onto Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This is good place to watch a sunrise over the inlet. The muddy shoreline is a low bank that is landscaped from the roadway. This is also a pump station for the community. The area is decorated with spinners and a dog silhouette which would discourage water fowl from using the green space. A couple of benches at this view point make this a restful site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. Thomas Park, White Pine Place Green Space, Seabird Park, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 25” W123° 25’ 46”
Midwood Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Midwood Road. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.
Thomas Park is nature area along the shore of Portage Inlet in View Royal, B.C. This waterfront park has a rough trail along the roadway easement though the poplar trees and shrubs to reach Portage Inlet. The two hundred and thirty-five meter long trail is along the salt water wetland section of the shore line from Thomas Park Drive to White Pine Road Green Space. There is no obvious pathway to the low grass and mud bank along the shore line of Portage Inlet. The neighbors, understandably, have erected temporary fences to limit access to the tidal area. The shore access looks like a private driveway and parking near the homes 182 and 148. This site is a good site to observe migratory birds such as gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, geese, loons, plovers, terns and grebes. White Pine Road Green Space, Polly Place Green Space, Tidewater Road Green Space, Midwood Green Space, Helmcken Centennial Park, Stillwater Road Green Space, Seabird Place Green Space and St. Giles Park are nearby.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 31” W123° 25’ 47”
Thomas Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, continue along Helmcken Road to Werra Road or Midwood Road. Follow either road as it curves to connect with each other along the residential homes this promontory of Portage Inlet. There is limited roadside parking along the end of Werra Road or Thomas Park Drive. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.