Meaford Station Millstream Green Space

Meaford Millstream Green Space is in the downtown area of Langford, B.C. When Millstream Road was altered into a main parkway for the Langford commuter traffic, a small green space was created between the original road and the parkway; called Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. This grass covered knoll between Millstream Road and VMP lies immediately south of Station Road. There are several small street trees including evergreens in this linear park. There is ample parking on the east side of the street. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Crossroads Park, Danbrook Park and the Trans Canada Trail– Langford or E&N Rail Trail are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’43” W123° 29’ 49”

 

Meaford Millstream Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road/Veterans Memorial Parkway and head south to reach Goldstream Avenue. Turn right onto Station Avenue and then left onto Millstream Road. The linear street park is on the left. There is roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.

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Crossroad Park

Crossroad Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, British Columbia. This landscape park has an outdoor art sculpture and flag poles along the brick and concrete walkways. Both the Trans Canada Trail and E&N Railway track pass along the south side of park. Crossroad Park is in front of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Station located at the end of Atkins Road. The sign “Welcome to Downtown Langford” is seen in this park. Windman Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Wagar Green Space and Savory Elementary School Green Space are near by.

Geographic location N48° 26’51” W123° 29’42”

 

Crossroad Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road/Veterans Memorial Parkway and head south to reach Hoffman Avenue turn left onto Hoffman then right onto and then right onto Atkins Road. Continue to the end of the road to the turnabout. The park is located along the turnabout. There is street parking in the area. City buses travel along Atkins Road, Goldstream Avenue and VMP.

Wagar Green Space (Millstream Road)

This green space is formed by the meridian between Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Millstream Road in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. There is a twenty meter concrete pathway with a bench that connects across the landscaped and well maintained meridian. Crossroads Park, Savory Elementary School Green Space, Trans Canada Trail – Langford, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Mill Hill Regional Park and Windman Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’1” W123° 29’42”

 

Wagar Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road/Veterans Memorial Parkway and make an immediate left turn onto Millstream Road (parallels VMP). Continue along until the road turns left onto Wagar Avenue. The pathway is on the right and connects toward the shops and stores along VMP. City buses travel along Millstream/Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.

Galloping Goose Trail – Langford

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The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a multi-use trail that connects Victoria to Sooke, approximately fifty five kilometers distance. This old rail bed was initially used during the nineteen twenties for a passenger train. Although it is never far from busy streets, walking, hiking and cycling, as well as sections that include use by equestrians, along the trail removes one from the bustling cars with glimpses of squirrels, flowers, trees and beautiful lookout points. The trail starts in the Victoria West neighborhood of Victoria, B.C., and continues onto Saanich, View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke.

 

There are about four thousand and seventy seven meters to the Galloping Goose Trail in Langford, B.C. The trail enters the City of Langford near Country Terrace and parallels Atkins Road before it crosses over Mill Stream and continue into the Municipality of Colwood, B.C. This six hundred and fifty meter section is in a pastoral and rural area of the city as well as near the E&N Via railway track. Sections of the railway track are paralleled with a paved trail that is part of the Trans Canada Trail; this section is also proposed for trail development as the GGT heads westward while the railway track heads northwest (see Trans Canada Trail – Langford). Himalayan blackberry bushes, Nootka rose shrubs, oceanspray plants and snow berry bushes are seen along the route. There are several large big leaf maple trees, Douglas fir and arbutus trees that provide shade while walking and cycling. A picturesque wooden bridge crosses over the ravine formed by Mill Stream and several large pipes just before the trail continues into Colwood. Millstream Creek Park One is near this section of the GGT.

 

The second section of the GGT enters Langford from Colwood near the junction of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway (VMP) with Kelly Road. A discrete crossing over Colwood Creek can be spotted as the creek parallels the parkway’s east side from Kelly Road to Meaford Avenue. VMP Park lies on the east side of the roadway. A short foot path from the park connects onto the Goose near Kelly Road and VMP. Once across VMP, the Galloping Goose Trail is quite a wide gravel route. It continues past residential homes and landscaped properties as it passes near the West Shore Town Center shopping area. The skate board park and old buildings of the Belmont High School can be seen to the north before crossing over Jacklin Road. This portion is slightly shaded by popular trees and small shrubs. Colwood Creek Park lies to the south and can be reach using a gravel footpath. There are firs, oaks and willows that border portions of the trail.

 

West of Jacklin Road, navigated using an offset cross walk a few meters along Jacklin Road, the GGT touches on the shore of Glen Lake near Glen Lake Park. This is great spot to go for a swim in the lake. As trail continues westward it is bordered by blackberry bushes, Scotch broom and tall grasses. At the junction of the Galloping Goose Trail with Glen Lake Road there is a proposal to connect north to Shawnigan Lake which could complete a section of the Trans Canada Trail. It is unclear whether this is in addition to the trail that is proposed along the railway beside Atkins Road.

 

Once past the lake shore the Galloping Goose Trail heads south paralleling Happy Valley Road and passes by the Luxton Fair Grounds. This section of the trail is bordered by the fences of residential homes and popular trees. The GGT continues into Metchosin just after Winter Road.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 2” W123°28’11” along Atkins Road

 

Galloping Goose Trail Langford can be reached from several locations in Langford, B.C. Exit the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkin Road. The trail is on the right side of Atkins Road near the railway crossing. There is limited parking along Atkins Road. Other options, in Langford, for accessing the Galloping Goose Trail are at Kelly Road and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway possibly leaving a vehicle at the West Shore Shopping Center parking lot; near the junction of Glen Lake Road with Sooke Road as well as at Winter Road and Happy Valley Road.

 

Trails BC and GGT websites as well as the 2004 Birder’s Guide: Lochside Regional and Galloping Goose Trail written by K. Taylor and published by Alabaster Publishing have further information about the trail.

Tanzanita Park

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Tanzanita Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This grass covered park is on a quiet street with a good view to the east. The playground, while small, has equipment that resembles a jeep or wagon with a slide and several way ways to climb up to it. It is set a pebble base. There are no trees to provide shade over the playground. While the park borders on the railway track there is a chainlink fence that limits access down the steep slope to the track. A foopath from the turn-about leads down the slope near the railway track and continues eastward into Edwards Park to eventually connect with Chilco Road in View Royal, B.C. Nugget Park, Crystalview Elementary School Green Space, Ruby Court Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Park, Edwards Park, Country Terrace Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’8” W123°28’18”

 

Tanzanita Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkins Road. Each of these streets are about a block long. Continue along Atkins Road to reach Crystalview Drive which is at the four way stop. Follow Crystalview Drive to reach Tanzanita Place which lies to the right about a kilometer along the road. Turn onto Tanzanita Place and look for the park near the end of this cu-de-sac. City buses travel along Atkins Road.

Proposed E & N Rail Humpback Connector Trail

The Humpback Connector Trail is proposed as part of the Trans Canada Trail that parallels the E&N Railway track from Victoria, B.C. Currently a rough foot path lies along the rail treads, as might be expect. The two and half kilometers from Langford Lake to Humpback Road, in Langford, B.C. passes beside several housing areas and a couple of parklands. This section of the TC rail trail continuation will eventually connect to Shawnigan Lake and northward on Vancouver Island. As well, the proposed trail branch will connect from the Galloping Goose Trail via Fisher’s Field Park, wetlands that lie along Glen Lake Road, and through Irwin Park, which lies along Parkland Creek, and through the northern section of Mt Wells Regional Park. The proposed Humpback Connector Trail is about three kilometers from junction of the GGT near Sooke and Glen Lake roads. Both routes are planned to use existing roadways and pathways through Douglas fir, Garry oak and arbutus forests along the eastern slopes of Mt Wells and shoreline of Langford Lake.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’15” W123°33’11”

 

The proposed E&N Rail Humpback Connector Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at the West Shore Parkway and make a right onto Amy Road to pass the gas station. Continue along Amy Road which merges with Sooke Lake Road. Turn left onto Humpback Road and look for the railway just past the Douglas fir heritage trees along Humpback Road. There is limited roadside parking this area.

 

Information about the Trans Canada Trail Humpback Connector can be found at the CRD https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/e-n-rail-trail as well as Trans Canada Trail http://tctrail.ca/explore-the-trail/