Sunny Green Space

 

Sunny Green Space is a strip of green space in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space provides access up a steep slope and is about two meters wide. It is about one hundred and fifty meters up the steep slope using one hundred and sixteen steps up from King George Terrance to Denison Road. The concrete staircase permits a climb up about forty meters and  is uneven in sections. Garry oak trees and small shrubs line the pathway. The Sunny Green Space provides a wonderful workout with a vista reward at the end as Walbran Park is just across the Denison Road and Gonzales Hill Regional Park is further west along Denison Road.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 40”  W123º 19’ 5”

Sunny Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Beach Avenue. Turn right onto Beach Avenue then make a right onto Sunny Lane. The pedestrian trail is on the left with a sign that says pathway to Walbran Park. There is limited parking in this residential area.  City busses travel close to this park.

Kitty Islet Park

Kitty Islet Park

Kitty Islet Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Venture onto the glacial smooth granodiorite outcropping that projects into Enterprise Channel when you visit this promontory. Located on the eastern shore of McNeill Bay, the half a hectare parkland is a nature developed park with a staircase that leads to a rough footpath. A monument notes a dedication to this site that was once called Tliwaynung, a Songhees seasonal site. The fifteen step concrete staircase leads to cobble and sand beach. The pair of Adirondack chairs, placed on the outcropping, provides a seat for a priceless view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca of the Salish Sea. The backdrop is formed by the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.  Trial Islands with the lighthouse built in nineteen o six are about one hundred meters away. It is the deep water and tidal currents of Enterprise Channel that limit access to the ecological reserve. Andersen Hill Park, Walbran Park, Monterey Middle School Green Space and Lafayette Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 38”  W123º 18’ 25”

Kitty Islet Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue to Beach Drive. Turn left onto Beach Drive and look for the islet across the bay. Street parking is available.  A couple of city buses provide access near Lafayette Park.

Brighton Green Space

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Brighton Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is about a one kilometer walkway that connects the various sections of Brighton Avenue. The route forms part of the Centennial Trail, a seven kilometer long route through the community. The stroll is along the roadway of Brighton Avenue which connects Foul Bay Road to Saint David Street. There are several sections that have rough concrete staircases and urban plantings that form restful green spaces. There are a few benches along the route. Brighton Avenue was forms by consolidation of a couple of other streets and was likely named after the coastal city in South East England. Windsor Park is nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 26”  W123º 19’ 18”

Brighton Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Brighton Street. There is small sign along the roadway. There is a small parking area on the left near the private home. There is no street parking along Foul Bay Road. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road.

Oak Bay Green Space

 

Oak Bay Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This pathway is near the junction of Oak Bay with Newport Road. This green space is a pedestrian pathway that connects the end of Oak Bay Avenue to Beach Drive. The footpath isat the junction of Prospect Place and Oak Bay Avenue. It is about 100 meters long. There is a sixteen step concrete staircase with a metal hand rail down the middle along the green space. The gravel and concrete pathway doubles as road access to the nearby homes. The roadway cross walk leads from the green space to Haynes Park; it crosses over Beach Drive. Windsor Park and Turkey Head Green Space are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 34”  W123º 18’ 32”

Oak Bay Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left on to Oak Bay Avenue and turn left to stay on Oak Bay Avenue as the road curves to become Newport Avenue. Look for the trail on the right as the road curves to the left to become Prospect Place. There is limited parking along Prospect Place. City buses travel along Oak Bay Avenue.

Flute Lane Park

Flute Lane Park 5Flute Lake Park is in the Langford Lake area of Langford, B.C. This small waterfront park is accessed from a small gravel parking area along Leigh Road. The gravel foot path to the water is about one hundred and thirty meters. Arbutus and Douglas fir trees are found in this park which is surrounded by private homes. A short section of chain-link wire fencing forms a barrier along the upper section of the park which is covered with grass. Seven rock covered concrete steps lead to the lower grass covered area along the shore. A short dock from the shoreline connects to the concrete wharf to provide access to deeper water. The beach is a small gravel and grass area about ten meters long. It would be possible to launch a personal water craft from the beach. At the moment, dogs are allowed in this park in the winter months. The Ed Nixon Trail, along Leigh Road, passes beside this park. Centennial Park, Spencer Middle School Green Space, Shelby Park, Le Quesne Park and City Center Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’53” W123°31’9”

 

Flute Lane Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue on Leigh Road and look for a small parking area between and in front of homes 2866 and 2878. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

 

Ravenview Park

Raven View Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. About a hectare in size, Raven View Park is roughly an L-shaped parkland with a small ephemeral creek. This park borders on private acreages and Mount Well Regional Park. This nature park has several large cedar, Douglas fir and big leaf maple trees and lies on the eastern side of Mt Wells Park. From Raven View Drive, a rough dirt and rock pathway leads down a gravel slope to set of five stairs and on ward to lead across a small wooden bridge. The trail branches and leads along both sides of the into the Douglas fir and arbutus forest. The trails are unsigned although various colors of flagging tape can be seen. Perhaps you spot a raven on your visit in this peaceful park in your backyard. The trail in this parkland does connect with trails in Mt Wells Park as well as pathways in green spaces from Glenshire Drive and Awsworth Road. Irwin Park lies to the northeast.

Geographic location N48° 26’25” W123°32”56”

Raven View Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at West Shore Parkway and turn right onto Amy Road which merges to become Sooke Lake Road. Continue along SLR to turn left onto Humpback Road. Follow Humpback Road up over the railway track turn onto Irwin Road. Continue along Irwin Road and onto Creekside Trail. This road curves up the hill to Raven View Drive. The trail access to the park is marked with a discrete sign. There is limited roadside parking this area.

Lakewood Elementary School Green Space

Lakewood Elementary School GS 7Lakewood Elementary School GS 4

Lakewood Elementary School is part the Sooke School District (number sixty two). The green space includes the large school yard with two large sports fields and several playground areas. The two hectare green space is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The south playground is on a wood chip base with a curved slide with step ladder access and a separate climbing bar set. A few meters up the slope are six swings that are on a wood chip base. Further along the south side of the school grounds is a climbable rope web with an arc shaped. The east playground has two slides connected to climbing, swinging and sliding apparatus that are on raised platforms. The base is composed of wood chips. There are a couple of areas of the asphalt that are lined for basketball as well as hopscotch games. Fifty concrete steps, in four sets of seven and then pairs of two and three, lead up to the grass covered sports field that is surrounded by achain linked fence. The western side of the fence is lined with colorful hand painted wood cut in the shape of fish; this ‘stream of dreams’ was developed to increase awareness that all fish live in water and all that streams of water are where fish live. The closest waterway is Gardner Creek, a seasonal creek, which flows through Setchfield Park and Lake Ida Ann Park toward Mill Stream also known as Millstream Creek. An extensive garden bed lines the sport field along Setchfield Avenue. This green space is available outside of school hours and is a great site for a  parkour workouts. This is a great place to explore in your backyard. Camli Green Space, Lake Ida Ann Park, Ashley Green Space, Jamie Green Space, Setchfield Park, Shaw Park and Ironwood Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°30’26”

Lakewood Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub to turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Look for the fire lane that connects to small parking area, at the back of the school, between houses 753 and 749. The main entrance and parking for the school is along Setchfield Avenue which is reached by continuing along Treanor Avenue and turning left onto Setchfield Avenue. There is road side parking along Setchfield Avenue. Buses travel along Treanor Ave and Setchfield Avenue.