View Royal Municipal Park

View Royal Park 4

View Royal Park is beautiful landscaped park that is about six and half hectares in size. There are about a kilometer of pathways into and around the park that makes this an excellent place to head for a stroll. A large open and dog friendly area connects to MacLennan Trail with a gravel pathway that circles this area. A small bridge over an ephemeral creek connects to the concrete walkway which leads to the small parking area and the playground. Craigflower Creek skirts the east side of the park and makes a terrific area to visit year round. There are several view points along the creek. Sea run cutthroat and chum salmon reside in this creek as well as several trout. Both creeks are bordered by snow berry, Oregon grape, red alder bushes. Cedar, Douglas fir and arbutus trees area seen in this park. A giant sequoia is on private property near the Paddock Place Green Space pathway.A playground with several ways to climb to a platform with paired slides and monkey bars. It is set on a sand base. There are benches and picnic tables at several sites in the park. Four swings are also found at this park: two of them are toddler seats. Another slide is also near these swings. These two outdoor toys are set on a wood chip base. The thirty raised garden beds are used by community members and lay besides a small building. The gardens are bordered by a large grass covered field landscaped with trees and shrubs. Parkcrest Park, Paddock Place Green Space, Gull Road Green Space, Fort Victoria Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space, Chancellor Park and Helmcken Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 30” W123° 26’ 11”

 

View Royal Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) onto Helmcken Road and turn south. Continue past the first traffic circle to the second one, and turn right onto Pleasant Lane. Turn right immediately to access the small parking area beside Craigflower Creek. The park is near the E & N Railway crossing bridge. It can also be accessed from Burnett Road using Pleasant Lane or Paddock Place. City buses travel along Helmcken Road.

MacLennan Trail

MacLennan Trail is a gravel multi-user trail in View Royal, B.C. It is located along the ridge of the berm that forms the noise barrier south of the Trans Canada Highway and west of Helmcken Road. The trail connects to the sidewalk near the bus stop at the intersection of Hwy1 and Helmcken Road and continues westward to View Royal Municipal Park. This four hundred and fifty meter long trail is landscaped with various spruce trees, broom bushes and a few Himalayan blackberry hedges. The path crosses over the salmon bearing Craigflower Creek before curving to connect with the circular pathway in View Royal Park. Parkcrest Park, Gull Road Green Space and Helmcken Park are nearby as are the Galloping Goose Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Chancellor Park.

 

Geographical location N48° 27’ 47” W123° 26’ 4”

 

MacLennan Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway Hwy1. Exit off Hwy1 onto the Helmcken Road and turn south. At the traffic circle, take the first right onto Vickery Road. Stay on Vickery Road as the trail eventually converges with this road. There is limited roadside parking along Vickery Road. City busses travel along Helmcken Road.

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.

Chancellor Park

Chancellor Park tree Chancellor Park swings

Chancellor Park is a neighborhood park in View Royal, B.C., with a playground, picnic table, and water fountain. The playground equipment is on a coarse sand base. The slide is a tall and stands next to the four swings, two for toddlers and two for children. A climbing tunnel is also fun to play on. There are benches along the pathway through the park. The Galloping Goose Trail passes along the north side of the parkland. This trail also forms a section of Trans Canada Trail.  There is access to the park from Cheltenham Street. The shrubs and trees in this approximately half a hectare parkland provide shade over some of the benches and grass covered areas. Hospital Creek lies on the western edge of the parkland. This creek flows into Portage Inlet and drains about a two hundred and forty hectare area. This park provides a welcome respite during a bike ride or after a visit to the hospital as the concrete wood-like fence provides a noise barrier from the traffic on the freeway. Conrad Street Green Space, Knockan Hill Park, Tawny Park and Welland Legacy Park are nearby as is the Victoria General Hospital Green Space and Eagle Pacific Park.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’ 53.3” W123° 25’ 39.3”

 

You can get to Chancellor Park from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Take the Helmcken Road exit (Exit 8) off Hwy1. Then turn right at the intersection of Watkiss Way and Chancellor Avenue; that is away from the hospital seen to the left. The park is at the junction with Quincy Avenue where there is a small parking area. City buses travel along Helmcken Road toward the hospital.