Nursery Hill Park

Nursery Hill Park white fawn lily March 2014

Nursery Hill Park is on fifty-five meter high hill in View Royal, B.C. At about four and half hectares, this park has many Douglas fir trees with a few Garry oak, big leaf maple and arbutus trees on its slopes. The canopy keeps the Oregon grape and snow berry bushes fairly small. In a few areas broom plants grow well. A fine gravel trail meanders through the park around the small rocky outcrops that are covered with lichen, ferns and mosses. Spring time flowers, like the white fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum) are seen along the two hundred meters long trail. The park borders on the Via Rail track to the south and residential homes to the east and west. Despite the noise from the traffic on the Trans Canada Highway that borders the north side of the parkland and the signs that state the access route is a private roadway, this park is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard. Parson’s Bridge Park, Burchill Park, Mellor Park, Garry Oak Meadows Park, Jalan Park, Atkin Road Green Space, the Galloping Goose Trail and Trans Canada Trail as well as Thetis Lake Park are nearby. The park is part of Nursery Hill Trail Loop described by the Town of View Royal.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 35” W123° 27’ 36”

Nursery Hill Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Old Island Highway and stay to the left to merge with traffic going under the freeway and railway overpasses. Turn onto Six Mile Road and look for the Atkins Road Green Space to park as there is limited parking along Nursery Hill Road or Six Mile Road. Nursery Hill Park is access along a rough trial from the corner where Nursery Hill Road curves to the left and from the cul-de-sac between homes 445 and 444. City buses travel along the Six Mile Road and Atkins 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.