Trafalgar Park

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Trafalgar Park is in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Below King George Terrace Lookout Point, Trafalgar Park extends down toward the ocean.    The park is composed of large steep sloped rocky outcrops amongst broom, grasses and other plants.  Careful examination of the some rocks reveals the glacial striations. The edge of the park is mostly a rough drop to the Strait of Juan de Fuca as the park lies between Gonzales Bay and McNeill Bay. There is a small secluded pebble beach that is accessed from thirty two concrete steps. The park has a wonderful view of Trial Island, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.  The lookout contains a marker for 15 different locations including the Olympic Mountains to the south. There are rough walking trails throughout the park with benches in several locations. A water fountain is found near the parking area off of King George Terrace. The monument is also located near the parking area. This cairn, named Chikawich after an early village, has a plaque that shows a camas meadow with a deer. This one and half hectare parkland is below the summits of Walbran and Gonzales parks to the west and Anderson Hill Park to the northeast.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 30”  W123º 19’ 11”

Trafalgar 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to King George Terrace. Look for the small parking area near the summit of the road where there off street parking in this residential neighborhood.  City buses travel close to this park.

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Harling Point Green Space

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Harling Point Green Space is in the community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The green space is formed by a promontory that projects into the Strait of Juan de Fuca which is part of the Salish Sea. the green is along the perimeter of a cemetery that is known as the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point and is a National Historic Site of Canada since 1996.   There are several interpretive panels that discuss the cultural history, geology and some natural history of the area. The cemetery was opened in 1903 and is maintained by the Chinese Benevolent Association. The cemetery, a feng shui site, contains gravestones of the early Chinese residents and was closed in 1950.  The twin pillars of the stone altar are frequently decorated with incense and flowers.

Wild flowers carpet this attractive green space in the spring time.  The cemetery lies on a flat promontory that is along the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  The green space includes the rough pathway along the perimeter and the high tide line that makes for a shoreline rough walk. The walkway strolls across the fault line of two ancient terraines, Wrangellia and Leech River, as noted by the change in color from the pale green to the dark color basalt rocks. The shore line has several glacier erratics that further protect the green space. The waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca forming part of the Salish Sea provide a beautiful setting for the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Harling Point was named after a brave local dentist who lost his life trying to save a family whom were tossed in from a small boat by waves during a storm. The shoreline hosts some good tide-pools and it is lovely place to watch sunrises and sunsets. There are a few benches within this green space. Gonzales Park, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Quimper Park and Trafalger Park are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 24”  W123º 19’ 25”

Harling Green Space 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to King George Terrace. Turn left onto Crescent Road and follow to the end. Or turn right onto Penzance Road and continue to the end.  There is limited off street parking.  City buses travel close to this park.

Gonzales Hill Regional Park – Oak Bay

 

Gonzales Hilll Regional Park is a park of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Acquired in 1992 by both Victoria and Oak Bay Municipalities and the CRD, the distinctive rounded roof of the Gonzales Observatory Weather Station overlooks Victoria, Oak Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  This park hosts the heritage building, which was built in nineteen fourteen. The site was used by meteorological scientists for gathering data on atmospheric gases until the late nineteen eighties.  The view from the summit of Gonzales Park, at 200 feet above sea level, is to the southwest over the City of Victoria and the western communities of Esquimalt, Colwood and Metchosin. The rocky outcrops are mostly granodiorite with glacial striations. The rocks are covered with unique wildflowers, various mosses and lichens. Small shrubs and trees cling to the slopes of the park.  A walking pathway leads from the parking area past the observatory and toward Barkley Terrace, a road that connects to King George Terrace. This pathway is really for those who are venturesome as the route eventually leads to Gonzales Bay.  Garry oak and arbutus trees are found in this parkland as well as broom and snowberry shrubs. At Gonzales Bay, in the Municipality of Victoria, picnic tables, toilets and benches overlook the sand and pebble beach.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 48”  W123º 19’ 28”

Gonzales Hill Regional 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Fairfield Road. Turn left onto Fairfield Road and continue along to Denison Road. Turn right onto Denison Road and continue up the hill to the reach the parking area on the right. Access to the park is available from several areas.  Parking off Barkley is limited.  Alternatively, start at the sandy beach of Gonzales Bay, climb stairs at the eastern end of the beach onto Crescent Road, keep straight ahead on King George Terrace, turn lead onto Barkley Terrace, climb stairs to observatory.  City buses travel close to this park.

Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail

Mitchel Park with Seabluff Trail is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Long time Metchosin residents, Geoff and B.H. Mitchell donated the narrow strip of land to form Mitchell Park.  The park hosts a grass and dirt trail through an active grazing field and a grove of Douglas fir trees. There are three memorial plaques commemorating Mr. Mitchell, Ms. Sonja Young and Mr. Gord Reimer. Many of the bridle trails throughout Metchosin were established due to the efforts of the horsewoman Ms. Young. Metchosin Search and Rescue was founded by Mr. Reimer and his honoring bench is located a terrific view point among the Douglas fir trees in the parkland. The Seabluff Trail consists of a one hundred and one kilometer rectangular-shaped trail. The length of one perimeter lies along the ridge of the fifty meter high cliffs and provides fantastic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in the State of Washington.  The trail leads around an open field that is not part of the parkland so refrain from letting dogs roam freely. The southwestern section of the trail is through a Douglas fir grove with several roots exposed on the well-trodden rough path. The northwestern perimeter trail is through a lower lying terrain that can be sodden and marshy. Witty Lagoon Regional Park, Madrill Green Space and Metchosin Elementary Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 47” W123º 31’ 25”

Mitchell Park with Seabluff Trail can be reached from Highway 1, the TransCanada Hwy. Exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway overpass and head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn left onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Metchosin Road. Turn right onto Metchosin Road and watch for the signs to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Continue along Metchosin Road to Wootton Road. Turn left onto Wootton Road where there is limited roadside parking near the end. There are two gates at this access point; one at the end of the road. The other gate is just to the right of the small turnabout. Alternative access is from the end of Parry Cross Road where there is limited roadside parking near the gated entrance. City buses travel along Metchosin Road.

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.

Weaver Park

Weaver Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This steep sloped park has a gradually curving paved pathway that leads the hill to Weaver Place. On the slope of this park are small groves of Douglas fir, cedar, arbutus and alder trees. In the spring time flowers bloom to add cover to the moss covered rocks that form the parkland. The view from the top of the hill is westward over Luxton Park and toward Mt Wells Regional Park.Weaver Green Space, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

 

Geographic location N48° 25’48”  W123°31’41”

 

Weaver Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway exit. Continue southward along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn onto Happy Valley Road and continue along to reach Walfred Road. The trail into Weaver Park is a few meters further along Happy Valley Road just past home 3255. Alternatively continue along Walfred Road to reach Lodmell Road. Turn right onto Lodmell Road and then right onto Weaver Place. The park access is between homes 986 and 982 and looks like private property. There is limited roadside parking along Happy Valley Road. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Ruby Court Park

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Ruby Court Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park borders along Mill Hill Regional Park and Crystalview Elementary School Green Space. There is a steep ravine, which is bordered by a black chain link fence, so there are no footpaths to connect the parks. A small grass covered area lies along the roadway although the park is mostly rocky outcrops with small shrubs and mosses. Crystalview Park, Edwards Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Elementary School Green Space, Nugget Park, Tanzanita Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’11” W123°28’33”

Ruby Court 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 Atkin Road. Continue along Atkin Road to reach the four way stop and make a soft turn onto Silverstop Way. Head up the hill on Silverstone Way and continue past the school yard. Turn left onto Ruby Court and look for the park between houses 2624 and 2636. Crystalview Park is across the road.