Willing Park

Willing Park 3

Willing Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park is named after the pioneering family who moved to this area in the early nineteen hundreds. The park has a oval gravel walking trail, small pond and connections to the neighborhood streets. The one kilometer trail circles through the alder and cedar second growth forest and meadow lands that were cleared for agricultural uses. The Willing Family donated the four of the fourteen hectares that includes Nesbit Creek. There are deer, raccoons, and many birds dwell here. Nisbet Creek flows through the park from the slopes of the Olympic View Golf Course. A smaller intermittent creek flows from the rocky slopes in the Valley View Ponds Park. Nisbet Creek connects with the much larger Pritchard Creek to form Bilston Creek. Bilston Creek connects with Witty’s Lagoon which flows into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A large sediment and detention pond was created along Nisbit Creek to improve the storm water management from the nearby housing developments.  Moss Ridge Park, Valley View Park, A.T. (Tom) Gordon Memorial Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Weaver Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’33”  W123°31’59”

 

Willing 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. Follow VMP past the Westshore Mall Complex then make a right turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and continue along to reach Wild Ridge Way. Turn left onto Wild Ridge Road and pass baseball diamond in the AT Gordon Memorial Park on the left. The gardens and Willing Park can be reached from between 946 and 900.  There is roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road and Latoria Road.

 

Alternatively, there is a gravel walking trail into the park from Fredrick Drive via Klahanie Drive from either Latoria Road  or Dickier Road. The park trail is on the right near 656 Frederic Road and before a maintenance gate into Olympic View Golf Course.  There is limited roadside parking this area.

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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.