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.

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Bellamy Park TCH

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Bellamy Park TCH is near the Trans Canada Highway at the south end of Bellamy Road. This nature area is along steep slopes of the ravine for Mill Stream. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. There are about five kilometers of Mill Stream within the Langford City boundary most of which has a riparian buffer to protect the water quality of the stream. Mill Stream flows in to Esquimalt Harbour near Price Bay. As a second growth forest area there are Douglas fir, big leaf maple and cedar trees in the park. Tacon, Sunkist, Hansen, Gourman Parks are nearby. Avery Place Trail and Nicki Place Trail to Thetis Lake Park are also nearby. Selwyn Trail lies on the opposite bank of Mill Stream.

Geographic location N48° 27’39” W123°29’27”

Bellamy Park TCH can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and turn left on to Bellamy Road. Continue to the end of the road. There is limited parking near the park. City buses travel along Bellamy Road and Treanor Road.

Sunkist Park

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Sunkist Park is 0.17 hectare nature area in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. It is bordered by fences and cedar hedges of private homes. The south side of the park is steep cliff with dense shrub growth. Cedar, arbutus, big leaf maple and blackberry bushes are found in the park. A discrete pathway, about one hundred and thirty meters long, connects Sunkist Close with Mocha Close. This is a great place to walk in your back yard. Hansen Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Carmanah Place Green Space, Selwyn Trail, Millstream Creek Trail, Gourman Park, Tacon Park, Bellamy Park TCH and Ecole Millstream Elementary School Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’50” W123°29’25”

Sunkist Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn onto Millstream Road and continue to Treanor Avenue where the log house pub is on the corner. Turn right onto Treanor Avenue and continue along to turn right on to Bellamy Road. Stay on Bellamy Road until you reach Hansen Avenue. Turn left then take the first right onto Sunkist Close. The park is on the left near the end of the concrete sidewalk along Sunkist Close. There is parking along Sunkist Close and Mocha Close. City buses travel along Treanor Road.

Hansen Park

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Hansen Park is a small wetland area in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The western side of the park has steep slopes while a small shallow aerated lake, Hansen Lake, takes up most of the area in the park. Most of the park is bordered by private homes. Tall western red cedar trees provide shade over the park. A gravel footpath circles the lake, two hundred and fifty meters around, and connects to Rockcliffe Place, about one hundred and thirty meters from Hansen Avenue. The pathway is frequented by dog walkers and pedestrians. At about half a hectare in size this park is a great place to explore in your backyard. There are several benches in the park. Waterfowl and other animals enjoy the natural areas of the park. Rose bushes, cedar trees, cedar hedges, big leaf maple, alder, oceanspray, salal and ferns cover much of the land areas while sedges, grasses, spirea, and willows are found along the shoreline of the lake. Carmanah Place Green Space, Sunkist Park, Thetis Lake Park, Gourman Park, Millstream Creek Trail, Bellamy Park TCH, Tacon Park and Selwyn Trail are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’49” W123°29’15”

Hansen Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and turn right on to Bellamy Road. Then right again onto Hansen Avenue and look for the park on the left near home 482. There is parking near the lake. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.

Carmanah Place Green Space

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Carmanah Place Green Space is a narrow linear area that is about ninety meters long in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. There is a gravel pathway that runs the length of the green space which connects Carmanah Place to Phelps Avenue. The route is lined by chain link fencing and grass. This pathway across from the trail to Thetis Lake Park on Phelps Road. Thetis Lake Park, Hansen Park and Gourman Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’ 60” W123°29’13” at Carmanah Place

Carmanah Place Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and continue along the road to turn left onto Carmanah Place. The trail access is between 209 and 210 in the cul-de-sac and between homes 495 and 491 along Phelps Ave. There is limited parking along Carmanah Place and even less along Phelps Road. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.

Millstream Creek Trail

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There are three sections to the Millstream Creek Trail in Langford, B.C. Goldie Trail forms the first section that is starts north of Goldie Park. The second section lies just south of this park. This section of trail is about five hundred and forty meters along the flowing waters of Mill Stream. The third section starts at Treanor Avenue and heads downstream another four hundred meters to reach Selwyn Road. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. There is about five kilometers of Mill Stream that lie within the City of Langford. Millstream Creek Trail is a compact gravel trail can be accessed at the bridge over the creek along Treanor Avenue in Langford, B.C. The trail is along the back of the Ecole Millstream Elementary School, on Hoy Lake Road, in the Thetis Heights neighborhood. The route is along a ridge line above the creek bed. A chain link fencing and steel barriers limit access to the water along most of the pathway. Tall cedar and Douglas-fir trees provide ample shade to the trail and forest floor. Ferns, salal, snowberry and ocean-spray plants are seen. Song birds and the occasionally migratory waterfowl can be seen. In the floodplain of the creek, lantern plants thrive. The trail leads to the playground at Goldie Park and passes by Millstream Park. Goldie Trail starts at the end of Goldie Road. Geographic location N48° 27’53” W123°29’44” Millstream Creek Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn right onto Treanor Avenue just before the log house pub. Make a left turn on to Hoy Lake Road. There is parking near the school grounds. The Trail starts near the bridge along Treanor Avenue. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.

All Fun Recreation Park Green Space

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This outdoor recreation area has mini golf, go karts and batting cages as well as a seventy five camping sites for recreation vehicles and tents in Langford, B.C. While the facilities for All Fun are user pay, there are five picnic tables on a small grassy area near the batting cages. This green space is beside the riparian area that provides shade to Mill Stream. The stream meanders and divides the two large parking lots. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. It flows into the waters of Price Bay in Esquimalt Harbour which is part of the Salish Sea. The oval racing track called Western Speedway, established in nineteen fifty-four, lies to the north of All Fun Park. Immediately north of the racetrack is the dirt circuit and facility of the Westshore Motocross. The Westshore Alliance Church is located at the end of one the west parking lot while the Canada Safety Council building is found at the other. Chow-Nicoll Park in the Highlands, Sparrow Crescent Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Goldie Park and Trail are nearby. This green space makes for an good outing after a day at the park.

Geographic location N48° 28’19” W123°30’7”

All Fun Recreation Park Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue past the log house pub. Look for the signs for the go-carts and mini golf and make a right turn onto Horden Road. This road appears very wide as it enters the big paved parking lot in front of the church. Continue along toward the batting cages to the right, just past the bridge to the second parking area. The camping area is further to the right once you cross over the bridge. City buses travel to this park from Millstream Road.