Quimper Park

quimper park

Quimper Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that forms the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located close to the Chinese Cemetery and Trafalger Park, Quimper Park is a residential park with a playground that has a swing, slide and play set with a wood chip base. A small sand box is found near the play area.  The quarter of a hectare grassy lot is great place to kick around a soccer ball or play a game of frisbee.  There is a small asphalt area designed for basketball. This park has benches and is surrounded by homes and has a low fence along the quiet roadside. There are washrooms and a small shelter area for picnics. There are some small roadside trees. The Abkhazi Gardens, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Harling Point Green Space, Trafalger Park and Gonzales Beach Park, in Victoria, are near by.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Quimper 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. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue along Foul Bay Road to reach King George Terrace. Make a left turn then immediately turn right onto Crescent Road and follow to Quimper Street. The park is on the left between the residential homes.  There is limited off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

Willows Beach Park

Willows Beach Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Formed by a sandy beach about 6 blocks long, Willows Beach Park is idyllic seashore as it is one of the rare sandy beaches in the CRD.  It a great place to observe the local flora and fauna. Stroll from Cattle Point in Uplands Park to the Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea House on the south end.

The park also has a grassy area is just inland of the Tea House, a seasonal concession, where volleyball games and other activities occur.  The slides, swings, benches, and toilet facilities provide an opportunity for the kids to play and to slow even the most ambitious walkers.  A Songhees Indian Village, the Sitchanalth Village, was unearthed during the construction of the toilet facilities in the 1970’s.  The Sitchanalth Village provided artifacts from 2,600 to 10, 000 years ago. This grassy area is bordered by Garry oak trees and a hedge along the parking lot. A granite rock fence forms a perimeter along Beach Drive.

Geographical location N48° 26′ 2″ W123° 18′ 18″

You can get to Willows Beach Park is from Bowker or Dalhousie Avenues along Beach Drive.  Some off street parking is available along Esplanade Street and Dalhousie Street.

You can extend your walk toward the rocky point of Cattle Point.  Alternatively stroll in the opposite direction past the Tea House and continue along Beach Drive toward Haynes Park and Turkey Head Walkway near the Oak Bay Marina.   Glenlyon School and surrounding residential areas display some of the beautiful manicured gardens of the area.  Numerous park benches and beach access points permit a leisurely stroll along the way to Haynes Park and Oak Bay Marina. This park is on the city bus route.

Carnarvon Park

Carnarvon Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay which is part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is a small multifaceted jewel in Oak Bay. In the late eighteen hundreds, this area was developed as the Willows horse racing track, presently, the park hosts two baseball diamonds, tennis courts, fenced hockey rink, water park, and other play areas. It is the perfect place for a family outing.  Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club and facilities are based here. There is a seasonal concession and washroom facilities. The Peter Pan Outdoor Water Park and Playground operates seasonally. A daycare operates out of the main buildings.

Geographical Location N48° 26′ 22″     W123° 19′ 02″

You can get to Carnarvon Park from Foul Bay Road.  Turn east onto Allenby, Townley, or Carnarvon Street.  There is limited off street parking.  Look for trails to Carnarvon Park between Henderson and Newton Streets.  A trail leads to Carrick Boulevard that provides quick access to the Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road junction. A couple of city buses travel by this park.

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is the legacy of volunteer firefighter and gentle man who resided  in Langford: Mister Alexander Thomas Gordon. The park has baseball diamond with chain link fencing, a seasonal concession, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and walking trail along Nisbit Creek. The playground has some climbing apparatus, monkey bars and swings set on a wood chip base. The three hundred meter long walking trail is past the park toward the northeast corner. A few urban trees have been planted in this park including maple and oak. The wind row on the west side has blackberry bushes while the foot path is bordered by alder and cottonwood trees. There are some seasonal wetlands along the footpath and are protected by a short boardwalk and bridge. This park is labeled Valley View Park on some maps. The Galloping Goose Trail – Langford borders on this park.  Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’34”  W123°32’18”

 

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. AT Gordon Memorial P and baseball diamond are on the left where there is small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Luxton Park

Luxton Park baseball

Luxton Park in in the Langford, B.C. This fourteen hectare privately owned property hosts community events like the Luxton Fair and seasonal Farmers Markets. This private park area is owned by the Metchosin Farmers Institute since the early nineteen hundreds. Many of the buildings in the fairground were built during the nineteen twenties. The park has a large chain-linked fenced baseball diamond that is used by the ballplayers in the Triangle Athletic Association. The ball park has a concession booth and sets of bleachers. The playground, best accessed from Penwood Road, has some unique structures. There are swings mixed with teeter-totters and a lookout “crow’s nest” climbing structure. There is also a curving monkey bars set with raised covered tunnels as well as a high slide. This could be an interesting place to do some parkour. The toilets and several picnic areas are open periodically when events are hosted. Firehall Creek flows though the property toward Bilston Creek with tributaries that flow down from the north. Bilston Creek eventually reaches the Salish Sea at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Riparian plants such as Himalayan blackberries, willows, elderberry, elder, cattails, horsetail, indian plum and ocean spray, grow along the banks of the creek. Galloping Goose Trail-Langford borders along the eastern side of the parkland and provides an alternative way to visit the park during events. Reginald Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Ernhill Park, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Chan Hillside Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’47”  W123°32’4”

 

Luxton Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millsteam Road exit and continue along to turn head onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Follow VMP to reach Sooke Road. Follow Sooke Road to Luxton Road. The green space is on the corner of Sooke Road and Luxton Road. While there is limited roadside parking this area there are several small parking areas off Marwood Avenue. The park lies between Marwood Avenue and Penwood Road. City buses travel along Sooke Road.

Langford Lake Park

Langford Lake Park is in Langford, B.C. It is also known as Leigh Beach Park as it can be accessed near the end of Leigh Road. This large waterfront park has a walking trail, washrooms, playground, picnic tables, benches, fishing wharves and several sections with boardwalks. The park is hosts most of the four and half kilometer long Ed Nixon Trail which circles the lake. Black cottonwood, Douglas fir, arbutus and red alder trees are seen in this park.

Langford Lake, along with Glen Lake and Florence Lake, is a natural glacial kettle formed by glacial drift during the last ice age. Inflow to Langford Lake is primarily through storm water ponds and weir located at along the southeast shoreline. The original drainage of the lake was altered when the railway berm was constructed in the nineteen thirties. Langford Lake’s outflow is through a drainage ditch with a large culvert into Langford Creek and onto Goldstream River. These waters eventually reach Saanich Inlet and the Salish Sea. Monitoring of the sixty one hectares that form Langford Lake is a combined effort of the Langford Lake Area Protection Society and British Columbia’s Lake Stewardship and Monitoring Program. Since the installation of an aerator system, Langford Lake has become a user-friendly lake for water enthusiasts. Overseen by the City of Langford under guidelines from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment, the drainage system is set to maintain a constant water level during the summer. With an average depth of nine meters and maximum depth of sixteen meters, Langford Lake reaches its highest water level during rainy winter months. Langford Lake was once a source of domestic water supply but today its six kilometer shoreline is a source of recreation for lakeside property owners with six public access areas. Several public swimming areas may be found around Langford Lake as well as two other public beaches. Boaters, canoers and kayakers can use the boat launch found at the lake’s southeast end. To help maintain Langford Lake’s quiet and peaceful setting, outboard motors and personal water craft are not permitted. Three wheelchair accessible fishing floats are provided by the City of Langford. The lake is annually stocked with seven hundred and fifty rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) although the waters might contain native fish called peamouth minnows (Mylocheilus caurinus). Trout and other introduced fish such as small mouth bass, pumpkin seed sunfish and yellow perch are caught by local fishers.  Native fish, like M. caurinus, are rare since like many freshwater fish, these minnows are not capable of surviving in salt water to have swum to the island.  Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park, Westhills Park, Goudy Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123° 31’ 34”

 

Langford Lake 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 as it curves past the lakefront homes to the west. The park is on the right near the rail way track.  There is a large gravel parking area and limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway.

 

Leigh Beach Park

Leigh Rd beach park Langford

Leigh Beach Park is in the Langford Lake area of Langford, B.C. This small waterfront park has washrooms, playground, picnic tables and benches. The playground has rubber matting under the climbing and swinging apparatus. A small grass covered area is on a low plateau overlooking the beach and playground where a few Douglas fir, arbutus and small shrubs remain. There is room to launch a personal watercraft like a kayak, board, or canoe from the beach area. A thirty meter boardwalk, part of the Ed Nixon Trail, lies along the road on the south side of the parkland. Seasonally a small raft is anchored off shore and used as a swimming platform. The park is right beside the Ed Nixon Trail, which lies mostly in Langford Lake Park. Langford Lake Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park,  Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park, Westhills Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123°31’34”

 

Leigh Road Beach 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 gravel parking area on the left. The park is about twenty meters further along the road. Alternatively use Langford Parkway, accessed from Jacklin Road, and park in several of the parking areas for the City Center Park and Goudy Park. There is limited roadside parking near the beach. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway.