Bradene Green Space is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space has a staircase to access the estuary of Bilston Creek. At low tides the large sandy beach of Parry Bay and Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is accessible. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park and Tower Point Regional Park are nearby.
Geographical Location N48º 23’ 8” W123º 30’ 34”
Bradene Green Space can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit the highway onto the Old Island Highway into Colwood. Follow the Old Island Highway as it becomes Sooke Road. Turn left onto Metchosin Road and continue along Metchosin Road to reach Duke Road. Follow Duke Road to the junction with Olympic View Drive. Turn onto Olympic View Drive and park on the side of the road. The trail is between homes 10 and 15. There is limited road side parking along Bradene Road. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.
Glentana Road Green Space has a gravel trail that connects to the east side of Portage Park in a quiet neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Portage Park is divided by the E&N Rail Trail and railway. There is a concrete tunnel under, as well as pathway over, the railway. The park area is about a hectare of Garry oak, big leaf maple and Douglas fir forest. It is a wonderful place to stroll and place to explore in your backyard. There are several desire trails throughout the forest and a ten step wooded staircase about sixty meters from Glentana Road. The pathway connects to Demos Place and Aldersmith Place Green Spaces. This section of the park is locally known as Glentana Park and is surrounded by residential homes both private and townhomes. It is short walk to Shoreline Community Middle School Green Space, Craigflower Manor Gardens and Shoreline Drive Green Space.
Geographical location N48° 27’ 4” W123° 25’ 45”
Glentana Road Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Turn south onto Admirals Road (McKenzie Avenue is north from this intersection). Stay on Admirals Road and cross over the Craigflower Bridge, at which point the road name changes to Craigflower Road. Continue past the intersection of Craigflower Road to stay on Admirals Road. Take the next right onto Glentana Road and look for the trail marker on the left. The trail is near Ethos Place. There is limited parking along Glentana Road. City buses travel along Admirals Road.
Note: Easement right of way from Glentana Road between homes 1500 and 108 is gated to limit access.
The bright red fire hydrant along Valley View Place marks the discrete asphalt walkway into Valley View Green Space. This green space is a series of concrete staircases to a small grass cover area. There are metal handrails along the staircases. The asphalt pathway continues down with five sets of two stairs to Meadow Vale Drive. This pedestrian pathway is used by hikers and dog walkers as well as families as this is a pleasant route to take to reach the playground at Marler Park and the trail along Craigflower Creek. Meadow Vale Green Space, Chalmers Court Park, Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 27’51” W123°27’16”
Valley View Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West. The roadway passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continues up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and continue until the road turns right and becomes Highland Road. Take the second right onto Valley View Place and look for parking along the roadway. The green space is in the turnabout for the street. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road.
Chalmers Court Park is in the quiet residential Thetis neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Located near the bottom of a ravine, this park has a sixty meter long wooden staircase down to the playground and grass covered area. The park entrance along Riverside Drive looks has a unique wooden covered gate that leads to the staircase. The playground has swings, slides and climbing apparatus. There is also a decent size lawn for bocce, tossing a Frisbee or getting warmed up to stroll up the staircase. The park is overlooked by at about ten homes most with wood fences or cedar hedges along the park perimeter. Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 27’58” W123°27’27”
Chalmers Court Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West and passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and follow the road as it curves to the right to become Highland Road. Turn right onto Riverside Drive and look for the arch along the road to the right near the junction with Park Ridge Place. There is limited parking in this residential area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road
Conard Street Green Space has a twenty meter footpath that connects Burnside Road West with Conard Street in the residential neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Himalayan blackberry bushes border the pathway which includes twelve step down the concrete staircase. Chancellor Park and Knockan Hill Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 28 4” W123° 25’ 27.3”
Conard Street Green Space can be reached from Hwy1. Turn off on Exit 8, Helmcken Road, and head northward toward the Victoria General Hospital. Continue on Helmcken Road to reach Camden Avenue. Turn right onto Camden Avenue. Take the first left onto Conard Street and continue to the end of the road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Burnside Road West and Helmcken Road.
View of Little Ross Bay Green from Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC
Little Ross Bay Green is a waterfront park on the eastern side of Ross Bay, Victoria, BC. Adorned with a large Garry oak (Quercus garryana) tree, this park commemorates Charles Ross, a former Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Trader. After his death, his wife, Isabella, purchased the land between what is now eastern half of Ross Bay Cemetery and Harling Point in eighteen fifty three and developed a farm for her family. A concrete, granite and slate bench with an embedded placard is found on the ridge above the bay. At the southern end of St Charles Street, a ramp with a gentle slope leads to the cobble beach of Ross Bay. This is picturesque place to start a stroll along Ross Bay Sea Walk toward Clover Point Park or wander into the cemetery where many historical and early pioneers of the area are remembered. There are excellent views across the Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. If the wind is light it can be a good spot to launch a kayak or paddle board. Wildwood Avenue Green Space is to the east and Hollywood Park is north along St Charles Street.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 35” W123° 20′ 11″
Little Ross Bay Green can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to St Charles Street. Turn right onto St Charles and look for the park located across Dallas Road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.
The view of yachts and ships on the Salish Sea is excellent from Wildwood Avenue Green Space. On most days you can see across the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA. This green space is formed from the road right of way of Wildwood Avenue. The concrete sidewalk and pathway leads to the rocky shore between Gonzales Bay and Ross Bay. Pass by the shore pine trees to the twenty step concrete staircase that leads to small concrete platform with a handrail. A few more steps brings you to the granite rocks on shore. Try to arrive at low tide to explore the intertidal zone. This is also a cool place to storm watch but not so great to launch a kayak or paddle board.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 42” W123° 19′ 49″
Wildwood Avenue Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Wildwood Avenue in Fairfield, about a block after St Charles Street. Turn right onto Wildwood Avenue and continue to Hollywood Crescent. The beach access is between 1659and 1661Hollywood Crescent where there is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.
The southern end of Foul Bay Road, Victoria, BC, ends at Gonzales Bay which is part of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada. This bay was once called Foul Bay, which was a misspelling of the word fowl: as the area once was a fowl farm established by landowner Isabelle Ross and her family. This green space hosts a concrete pathway beside a large Garry oak tree. The pathway leads to long concrete staircase that ends in the rocky area of the eastern side of Gonzales Beach. Gonzales Hill Regional Park is on the hilltop north of this green space. Crescent Road Green Space is about four houses west along Crescent Road. Harling Point Cemetery Green Space is to the east.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 42” W123° 19′ 36″
Foul Bay Road Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue across Crescent Road. There is limited roadside parking along Foul Bay and Crescent Road access. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown.