City Center Park – Langford

 

City Center Park is in the Langford and Glen Lake areas of Langford, B.C. The park has seasonal spray-park as well as several active entertainment areas like mini golf, bowling, play zone, ice rink and arena areas. While not a nature park there are a few palm trees near the outdoor spray-park as well as some outdoor sculptures of ice skaters “Grandsons on Ice” sculpted by Armando Barbon. City Center Park includes the Goudy Park, Westhills Stadium and Arena as well as a small pond with a brick pathway. This pathway has outdoor gym that is available year around. Design a workout that includes the rowing apparatus, Tai Chi wheels, pullup bars, dip bars, multibars, angled benches and more. Toilets are available during business hours and special events at the park. This park is close to Leigh Beach Park, Langford Lake Park, Glen Lake Park, Ed Nixon Trail, Le Quesne Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space and several other green spaces.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’35”  W123°31’31”

 

City Center 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. Follow Goldstream to Jacklin Road and turn onto Jacklin Road to reach Langford Parkway. Continue along Langford Parkway and look for the large signs on the left for the City Center Park. Two turf sports fields lie to the immediate west of this entertainment area. There are ample parking areas near this park. City buses travel along Langford Parkway.

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Westhills Park

Westhills Park is in Westhills neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park has a playground, benches and gazebo overlooking a partially fenced drainage pond. The playground has two sections designed with smaller children in mind. Young children can play on climbing areas that are lower. Both play areas have a rubber mat base. One playground has climbing apparatus that leads up to a couple of slides. There are monkey bars, small benches and a small climbing wall. A couple of swings designed for toddlers complete this area. The other play structure is a tall tower with two long curving slides that are enclosed. The tower can be reached by various climbing steps, walls, ladders and poles. A round swing seat, a plastic merry-go-round and a large rope structure complete the play area. There is limited shade in the park although several conifers and deciduous trees were re-planted. The walking trail continues to the far side of the pond where it connects with a boardwalk that has a covered section. Most of the pathway is asphalt although there are some gravel portions. A small grass covered area completes the parkland. The park is bordered by the West Shore Parkway and fences of neighborhood homes. A gravel five hundred meter walking trail follows the east side of the park. It leads around a wetlands area is near the park. There is a single privy near a small parking area to the northwest.  Irwin Park, Goudy Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’32”  W123°32″6′

 

Westhills 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. Follow Goldstream to Jacklin Road and turn onto Jacklin Road to reach Langford Parkway. Continue along Langford Parkway past City Center Park, Goudy Park and up the hill to the traffic circle. Exit the traffic circle onto Westshore Parkway or Langford Lake Road. There might be construction along the Westshore Parkway but the road leads to a parking area with room for about six vehicles.  There is limited roadside parking along Langford Lake Road. City buses travel along Langford Parkway and Jenkins Avenue.

Centennial Park – Langford

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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.

Mill Hill Regional Park

Mill Hill stands two hundred and two meters above sea level and has most of its parkland in City of Langford, B.C. Part of the park also lies within the Town of View Royal, B.C. This park is about seventy one hectares in size and encompasses a second growth forest of Douglas fir, arbutus and Garry oak trees. The terrain is mostly rocky and steep although Mill Stream flows through the southwestern edge of the park where its narrow flood plain lies. The Capital Regional District for British Columbia has administration over this parkland which hosts several buildings, used as headquarters, within a chain-linked fence area. There is limited access to this part of the park. The main parking area and trails are in Langford, B.C., where the formal trails, Auburn Trail and Calypso Trail, to the top of the hill skirt the south and western slopes. The Auburn Trail is the most direct route up to the summit and is about two thousand meters long. The gravel trail is wide and has several switchback sections though rocky Garry oak meadows. The meadows contain wildflowers that bloom in the spring. A minor trail, The Mill Pond Trail, is found a short distance along the Auburn Trail. This trail leads to the right and heads downward   toward a small pond and the playground at Crystalview elementary school (with separate write-ups). The Auburn Trails also passes through groves of arbutus trees near a rough rocky area just before the summit. You may notice that some rocks show signs of glacial striations. As this pathway was the original road to the fire watch tower keep an eye out for small paved sections. Near the summit the trail branches to the left and right. The left branch leads to the cairn and concrete foot posts of the fire tower while the right branch leads to a bench with a wooden platform that overlooks Esquimalt Harbour, Portage Inlet and the communities to the south. On a clear day Mount Baker in Washington State, USA, can be seen to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the south across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea. Flowers that are found in this park include the common camas, white fawn lilies, tiger lilies and calypso orchids.

There are benches, a privy and picnic tables found near the parking lot.

The Calypso Trail has three sections. A lower section, accessed from the parking lot, includes a route on the floodplain of Mill Stream while the upper section provides an alternative route down from the summit. This trail also continues down the northeast side of the hill with a trail access near Thetis Lake, which can be read about here (include link to page). The east side of the park is bordered by Edwards Park and several large private properties.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 10” W123° 28’ 55” parking lot; consult the CRD website for a map of the trails and facilities in the park

Mill Hill Regional Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and turn right onto Six Mile Road. Turn left onto Atkins Road and continue along to reach the park entrance on the right. There is a large gravel parking area near the park building’s chainlink fence. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

There are many articles and papers written about Mill Hill Regional Park.