Ridge Green Space

Ridge Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Mill Hill in Langford, B.C. This small green space is at the junction of two short steep streets called Olympia and Glacier ridges. Douglas fir and arbutus trees fill this small nature park that also has salal and rhododendron plants growing on the rocky slope. Jeanine Park, Cedarvale Park and Mill Hill Regional Park are nearby as are several green spaces.

Geographic location N48° 27’34” W123° 29’ 1”

Ridge Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Take the first left onto Strandlund Avenue and continue left onto the avenue. Follow the roadway then turn right onto Selwyn Road. Turn left onto Mill Hill Road then the second right onto Langvista Drive. Glacier Ridge is the first left and the green space is at the junction of Olympia Ridge with Glacier Ridge. There are visitor parking sites along these narrow and steep streets. City buses travel along Selwyn Road.

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Players Drive Park

Players Drive Park 3

The two and half hectares  of Players Drive Park is stretched over a long area in Langford, B.C. A concrete walkway leads into the parkland from the sidewalk along Players Drive. The walkway is near the postal boxes. A gravel trail continues up into the second growth forest composed of Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees. The route heads up hill though ocean spray, salal, snowberry and broom shurbs. Gardner Creek starts along the slopes of Players Park and flows toward Mill Stream via Blue Grouse Plateau Park, BMP Green Space, Stone Gate Park, Setchfield Park and Lake Ida Ann Park. 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. The trail leads to a Players Drive Green Space which is between homes 2228 and 2232. Scotch broom has taken over the areas where the soils were disturbed. Spirit Ridge Drive, Quail’s Run Park, Blue Grouse Plateau Park, Nature’ Gate Green Space, Nichlaus Park, Rockhampton Park and Rockhampton Nichlaus Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’25” W123°31’05”

Players Drive Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Players Drive. Turn left onto Players Drive and look for the park on the right after passing the junction with Spirit Ridge Drive. There is limited parking along Players Drive.

Hansen Park

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Hansen Park is a small wetland area in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The western side of the park has steep slopes while a small shallow aerated lake, Hansen Lake, takes up most of the area in the park. Most of the park is bordered by private homes. Tall western red cedar trees provide shade over the park. A gravel footpath circles the lake, two hundred and fifty meters around, and connects to Rockcliffe Place, about one hundred and thirty meters from Hansen Avenue. The pathway is frequented by dog walkers and pedestrians. At about half a hectare in size this park is a great place to explore in your backyard. There are several benches in the park. Waterfowl and other animals enjoy the natural areas of the park. Rose bushes, cedar trees, cedar hedges, big leaf maple, alder, oceanspray, salal and ferns cover much of the land areas while sedges, grasses, spirea, and willows are found along the shoreline of the lake. Carmanah Place Green Space, Sunkist Park, Thetis Lake Park, Gourman Park, Millstream Creek Trail, Bellamy Park TCH, Tacon Park and Selwyn Trail are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’49” W123°29’15”

Hansen Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and turn right on to Bellamy Road. Then right again onto Hansen Avenue and look for the park on the left near home 482. There is parking near the lake. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.

Goldie Trail

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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.

Goldstream River Provincial Park

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Goldstream River Provincial Park

Portage Park

Portage Park Richards Island Thetis Cove

Enjoy a stroll through an urban Douglas fir and Garry oak forest to see the inspiring views of Richards Island, Fisgard Lighthouse and the distant Olympic Mountains in Washington State in Portage Regional Park, View Royal, B.C. This park lies along the north shore of Esquimalt Harbour and is along the portage route between the harbour and the Gorge Waterway. The portage route encompasses several roadways although the distance is about six hundred meters from shore to shore. This six point two hectare community park is bordered by residential homes and businesses on its east and west sides while the northern perimeter is formed by the Island Highway. Thetis Cove beach and Esquimalt Harbour are on the south side.

 

The CRD Rail Trail lies beside the VIA rail tracks and divides the park into an eastern and western portion. The western side of park is larger and has the majority of the trails as well as the playground and beach. The pedestrian pathways form about two kilometers of trails through the Douglas fir, Garry oak and woodland shrub forest. Enjoy the thimbleberry, blackberry and snowberry bushes as well as salal, ferns and mosses. Many bird species use this parkland as well including great blue heron, turkey vultures, common ravens, northwest crows and northern flickers. This makes it a popular place for local birders as well as dog walkers, hikers and those who enjoy a stroll in the urban forest. Richards Island is part of the parkland and is accessible by private vessels, like kayak, paddleboards or canoes. There are shallow rocky reefs around this island that has small Garry oak and Douglas fir trees. Thetis Cove has an average depth of about a meter with the deepest water along the western side of the cove near Dyke Point.

 

The partial paved and gravel trail to the beach starts near the town hall building and is about one hundred and seventy meters. The washrooms are also near here. There is a flight of about twelve steps down to the dirt and wood chip trail which branches south to the Thetis Cove beach and east toward the Rail Trail. The beach trail crosses over an ephemeral stream during its one hundred meter length. Thetis Cove beach is a mud flat beach area and is best accessed at higher tides. The eastern woodland trail also has some with steep stairs that makes wheelchair access difficult although the Rail Trail can be used with relative ease. A fire hydrant in the forest marks the junction of the trail which branches to the beach and to the Island Highway. There are benches and picnic tables in several locations in the parkland.   A shell midden was revealed by a seasonal storm several years ago. A sign marks this location where the organic debris may depict over five thousand years of periodic usage by humans. Thetis Cove beach, at low tide, is a mud flat with a few small areas of fine sand. A secondary access directly to the mud beach is from Thetis Cove Green Space using a steep fifty meter long trail. This green space is found along View Royal Road between homes 101 and 95.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 06” W123° 26’ 1”

 

Portage Regional Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy 1. Turn south onto Admirals Road at the McKenzie Avenue-Admirals Road junction. Continue along Admirals Road across the bridge over the Gorge Waterway. Turn right onto the Island Highway and pass under the railway bridge and take the next left onto View Royal Avenue. The Four-Mile Pub and Restaurant is located at this intersection. The main entrance and parking area for this park is on the west near the View Royal Town Office on View Royal Avenue. Additional routes in the park are from along the Island Highway and from the CRD Rail Trail. The eastern side is accessible from Glentana Street near Ethos Place, Falstaff Place, Aldersmith Place and Hallowell Road. City buses travel along the Island Highway and View Royal Avenue.

 

Several documents have been produced for the Town of View Royal about this park and provide a worthwhile read.