Buckbrush Swamp Park

 

Buckbrush Swamp Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The rough well-trodden footpath circles around a small wetlands area and is about five hundred meters long. Sections of the pathway double as a bridle trail while no deer were spotted during my reconnaissance there is plenty of evidence that deer visit this parkland. The forest and wetlands are composed of deer fern, bracken, grasses, lichens, willows, hemlock, Douglas fir, western red cedar, alder and bigleaf maple trees. The park is across the road from Metchosin Wilderness Park and close to Bob Mountain Park.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 16” W123º 35’ 0”

Buckbrush Swamp Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue on Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Road. Turn right onto Liberty Road and look for the park on left near Eagle Point Road. Buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

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Stoneridge Wetland Park

Stoneridge Wetland Park, View Royal

Stoneridge Wetland Park has a small open waterway surrounded by cattails, sedges and aquatic grasses with the riparian vegetation of ash, hardhack, Nootka rose and other shrubs. This wetland is filled by precipitation and storm drain run-off from the Stoneridge residential area. The run-off is treated with a simple filtration system before entering the marsh. The park provides nesting sites for mallard ducks, Canada geese, northern pintail, hooded merganser and bufflehead as well as cedar waxwings, blue heron, owls, ravens and woodpeckers. A split cedar rail borders the one hundred and eighty meter long gravel pathway along the southern side of the wetlands. The pathway connects the bus stop along Watkiss Way to both Stoneridge Drive and Place. There are a couple of benches along the pathway. Aldersmith Park, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Game Road Park, Eagle Pacific Park, Chancellor Park, the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail and Eagle View Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 60” W123° 26’ 19”

 

Stoneridge Wetland Park can be reached from Hwy1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) to the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue and turn left onto Watkiss Way. Continue to Stoneridge Drive which turns right into the residential area. Stay right, again, onto Stoneridge Place. The park is at the end of the road where there is a small parking area. City buses travel to near this parkland along Watkiss Way.