Chan Streamside Park

Chan Streamside Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This nature park borders along Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek, near Mill Hill Regional Park. There is access from along Atkins Road near the Selica Road junction. As a nature park, there are no formal trails yet the area has several deer trails though the second growth forest of western red cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir. Indian plum, pacific ninebark, oregon beaked moss, St John’s wort and the tricolor turkey tail mushrooms grow on the slopes of the ravine that forms this parkland. The Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Westwind Park, Millstream South Park, Atkins Park, Millstream Creek Park One, Mill Hill Regional Park, Selica Park and Tanzanite Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 26’ 59” W123° 28’ 42”

Chan Streamside Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkins Road. The park is on the left side of Atkins Road between homes 417 and 409. There is limited roadside parking along Atkins Road. City buses travel along the road.

Advertisements

Tacon Park

Tacon Park

Tacon Park is a small grass covered area that is a service access area in Langford, B.C. It is found in the Thetis Heights neighborhood along a ridge above Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. There is about five kilometers of Mill Stream that lie within the City of Langford. There is a chain link fence along the ridge line that allows views down to the stream through the Douglas fir and cedar trees. The grass covered area is just large enough to toss a frisbee or ball for your pet. The park is appears to be the backyard of the home on the corner of Tacon and Bellamy roadways. Bellamy Park TCH is to the south. Sunkist, Hansen, Gourman and Thetis Lake Park are nearby. Selwyn Trail lies on the opposite bank of Mill Stream.

Geographic location N48° 27’50” W123°29’25”

Tacon Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn onto Millstream Road and continue to Treanor Avenue where the log house pub is on the corner. Turn right onto Treanor Avenue and continue along to turn right on to Bellamy Road. Continue along Bellamy Road to Tacon Place. There is access between homes 2360 and2363 as well as from Bellamy Road. There is limited parking along Bellamy Road. City buses travel along Bellamy Road and Treanor Avenue.

Millstream Creek Trail

Mill Stream boardwalk Mill Stream forest

There are three sections to the Millstream Creek Trail in Langford, B.C. Goldie Trail forms the first section that is starts north of Goldie Park. The second section lies just south of this park. This section of trail is about five hundred and forty meters along the flowing waters of Mill Stream. The third section starts at Treanor Avenue and heads downstream another four hundred meters to reach Selwyn Road. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. There is about five kilometers of Mill Stream that lie within the City of Langford. Millstream Creek Trail is a compact gravel trail can be accessed at the bridge over the creek along Treanor Avenue in Langford, B.C. The trail is along the back of the Ecole Millstream Elementary School, on Hoy Lake Road, in the Thetis Heights neighborhood. The route is along a ridge line above the creek bed. A chain link fencing and steel barriers limit access to the water along most of the pathway. Tall cedar and Douglas-fir trees provide ample shade to the trail and forest floor. Ferns, salal, snowberry and ocean-spray plants are seen. Song birds and the occasionally migratory waterfowl can be seen. In the floodplain of the creek, lantern plants thrive. The trail leads to the playground at Goldie Park and passes by Millstream Park. Goldie Trail starts at the end of Goldie Road. Geographic location N48° 27’53” W123°29’44” Millstream Creek Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn right onto Treanor Avenue just before the log house pub. Make a left turn on to Hoy Lake Road. There is parking near the school grounds. The Trail starts near the bridge along Treanor Avenue. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.

Goldie Trail

Goldie Trail 7 Goldie Trail bridge 3

Goldie Trail is a wide gravel footpath along a reach of Mill Stream in Langford, B.C. It starts fifty meters to the northwest of the playground at Goldie Park. The trail which lies along the east and west side of Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek, leads to a distinctive riveted steel bridge. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. Its gravel pathway continues to the west section of Goldie Road. Along most of two hundred and thirty meter long route are tall western red cedar trees. Several trees have grown from old stumps. Sword ferns and salal plants fill in the understory. A gravel service road parallels the pathway which leads to the end of the golf driving range in the All Fun Recreation Park. The riparian along the stream is created by alder thickets and tall cedar trees. Douglas-fir trees are also seen in this second growth forest. This is a great place to explore nature in your backyard.

Geographic location N48° 28’9” W123°30’

Goldie Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue past the log house pub. Turn right onto Goldie Avenue and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Millstream Road.

All Fun Recreation Park Green Space

All Fun Recreation Park  7 All Fun Recreation Park Langford 3

This outdoor recreation area has mini golf, go karts and batting cages as well as a seventy five camping sites for recreation vehicles and tents in Langford, B.C. While the facilities for All Fun are user pay, there are five picnic tables on a small grassy area near the batting cages. This green space is beside the riparian area that provides shade to Mill Stream. The stream meanders and divides the two large parking lots. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. It flows into the waters of Price Bay in Esquimalt Harbour which is part of the Salish Sea. The oval racing track called Western Speedway, established in nineteen fifty-four, lies to the north of All Fun Park. Immediately north of the racetrack is the dirt circuit and facility of the Westshore Motocross. The Westshore Alliance Church is located at the end of one the west parking lot while the Canada Safety Council building is found at the other. Chow-Nicoll Park in the Highlands, Sparrow Crescent Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Goldie Park and Trail are nearby. This green space makes for an good outing after a day at the park.

Geographic location N48° 28’19” W123°30’7”

All Fun Recreation Park Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue past the log house pub. Look for the signs for the go-carts and mini golf and make a right turn onto Horden Road. This road appears very wide as it enters the big paved parking lot in front of the church. Continue along toward the batting cages to the right, just past the bridge to the second parking area. The camping area is further to the right once you cross over the bridge. City buses travel to this park from Millstream Road.

Wilfert Park

wilfert road access 3

Wilfert Park is nature area along the south side of Mill Stream in View Royal, B.C. It is about one third of a hectare. This park is partially forested and decommissioned agricultural area along the south side of the ravine along Mill Stream. This park form part of the riparian area along Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. A visit to Wilfert Park allows you to enjoy cedar trees and sword ferns along the floodplainof the ravine. The wetlands near the stream have skunk cabbage and other wetland plants. There are no formal trails in this nature park. Kelvin Grove Park and the Duffus Trail are across Mill Stream. Mellor Park and Lilm Kiln Park are nearby. Mill Stream Park, in Langford, is west.

Geographical location N48° 26’ 57” W123° 28’ 2”

Wilfert Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Continue across Parson’s Bridge and take the next right onto Wilfert Road. This is not a through road but it can also be access from the west side near Nob Hill Road and Mill Stream Park in Colwood. Continue to along Wilfert Road as it curves behind the casino. There is limited parking along Wilfert Road. Wilfert Park is reached by strolling about two hundred and fifty meters along the service road from end of Wilfert Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Craigflower Creek Park

Craigflower Creek Park is an one fifth of hectare nature park in View Royal, B.C., along the banks of Craigflower Creek. This is the namesake stream in the two thousand four hundred and twenty four hectare area that forms its watershed. Craigflower Creek, also known as Deadman’s Creek, flows from Fork, Thetis and Prior Lakes to Portage Inlet. The upper sections of the creek are within Mount Work and Thetis Lake Regional Parks while the lower sections pass beside and under the bridges for several roads including Watkiss Way, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal, the Galloping Goose Trail- View Royal, the Trans Canada Highway and Burnside Road West to reach Fort Victoria, View Royal Park and Portage Inlet. Portage Inlet is a shallow saltwater lagoon that connects to the harbour of the City of Victoria along a long narrow inlet called the Gorge. Craigflower Creek Park protects a short five hundred meter section about two and half kilometers upstream. The riparian area around the stream has alder, maple and cedar trees. Himalayan blackberry, oceanspray and smaller shrubs and ferns are also see in this section of the creek. Sea-run cutthroat trout travel upstream to Prior Lake so this small parkland contributes the federally protected fish habitat in Craigflower Creek. Marler Park, Thetis Lake Park, Francis View Park, Evelyn Heights Park, Evelyn Heights Francis View Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Nursery Hill Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 45” W123° 27’ 10”

 

Craigflower Creek Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Exit onto Burnside Road West which is exit #10 and follow the road as it curves up to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. The park is seen to the right just after Creed Road. There is limited street parking. A city bus route is along Watkiss Way.