Florence Lake Park North

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A sixty meter long boardwalk is the focal point for Florence Lake Park North. This park is found in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Florence Lake is a shallow glacial kettle lake with a surface area of about eight hectares and average depth about two meters. There is one seasonal tributary, Florence Lake Creek North, providing water flow into the lake from the slopes of Skirt Mountain which lies to the northwest. Florence Lake Creek South drains from the south end of the lake and flows through a series of culverts, mostly under the Trans Canada Highway, until it reaches Mill Stream. The lake had been stocked with rainbow trout for several decades until the water quality was determined to limit fish survival. This park is marks the north eastern end of the walk along the shore of Florence Lake. Strachan Trail, along Florence Lake, is about a three kilometer return stroll over flat terrain. This is good place to enjoy the views the water fowl and flora on Southern Vancouver Island, B.C.

Geographic location N48° 27’41” W123°30’45”

Florence Lake Park North can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at McCallum Road/Spencer Road exit and continue along McCallum Road to reach Brock and Springboard roads. Follow the curve to the right to stay on McCallum Road and then take the curve to the left to turn onto Florence Lake Road. Stay on Florence Lake Road and look for a small parking area, on the left, past the junction with Setchfield Avenue. There are three parking sites at this park. City buses travel along Setchfield Avenue.

Shaw Park

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Shaw Park is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is along the steep eastern slopes of Skirt Mountain and borders along Ironwood Park. Douglas fir and cedar trees provide shade of the gravel footpath through the park. The trail from Shaw Avenue is bordered by a chain link fence on the right and a wood fence to the left. Ocean spray and blackberry bushes grow along the gravel pathway that leads up Whisperwind Place. The pathway also leads toward a small open area and to Ironwood Park. Setchfield Shaw Green Space is across Shaw Avenue.

Geographic location N48° 27’53” W123°30’35”

Shaw Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left at the log house pub onto Treanor Avenue. Continue along Treanor to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right onto Setchfield Avenue then take the first left onto Shaw Avenue. The trail to the park is between 980 and 960 Shaw Ave. There is roadside parking this area. Alternatively, turn onto Arngask Avenue then onto Whisperwind Place. There is a great view of the Florence Lake area from the turn-a-bout at the end of Whisperwind Place. The trail to Shaw Park is between 965 and 972. City buses travel along Setchfield Avenue which is near this park.

Setchfield Shaw Green Space

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Setchfield Shaw Green Space is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. There is a seventy five meter long gravel pathway that connects Setchfield Avenue up to Shaw Avenue. This pathway is bordered by wood and rock fences of the neighboring properties and a few blackberry bushes as it zigzags up the slope. A few trees are found along this trail that is frequented by dog walkers, hikers and walkers. The exposed bedrock is mostly granite which has been altered to form small pocket for plants near the house at 955 Shaw Avenue. Shaw and Ironwood Park are to the west across Shaw Road where as Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Camli Green Space, Setchfield Park and Lake Ida Ann Park are to the east from Setchfield Avenue.

Geographic location N48° 27’58” W123°30’30”

Setchfield Shaw Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Continue along Treanor to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn left and look for the gravel trail on the right between 2342 and 2350. The trail leads to the driveway at 955 Shaw Avenue and onto the street. There is roadside parking along Setchfield Avenue near Lakewood Elementary School Green Space. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.