Nature’s Gate Park

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Nature’s Gate Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. It lies on the northwestern slope of MiniSkirt Mountain which was once three-hundred and eleven meters high. This four hectare parkland is surrounded by residential homes with views of Bear Mountain Golf Resort with Mount Finlayson providing the background to the west. The view to the east is of Mount Baker part of the Coastal Mountains in Washington State and the communities of View Royal, Saanich and Victoria are to the north and east. The gravel foot path from Nicklaus Park leads to a well trodden dirt and gravel trail that traverses back and forth over the steep slopes west side of Miniskirt Mountain. There are groves of arbutus, Douglas fir and cedar trees along the pathway. Take care to remain on the switchback trail and use the frequently staircases made of rock (and partially covered with moss) to maintain the integrity of the park. The steep slopes in this park and sparse understory make for pleasant walk through a second growth forest. This is a unique urban forest lies below the clear-cut housing landscape on the summit of Miniskirt Mountain. This park borders on Nicklaus Park and Nicklaus Park East. Rockhampton Park and Navigators Green Space are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’20” W123°31’30”

Nature’s Gate Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Players Drive. Turn left onto Players Drive then right onto Spirit Ridge Drive. Continue along Spirit Ridge Drive to reach Nature’s Gate. The access trail is at the end of the road where there is limited parking. The park can also be access from trails along Nicklaus Drive, the footpath in Nicklaus Park and from Navigators Green Space.

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