Happy Valley, British Columbia

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Happy Valley
Happy Valley is located in British Columbia
Happy Valley
Happy Valley
Location of Happy Valley in British Columbia
Coordinates: 48°25′00″N 123°32′00″W / 48.41667°N 123.53333°W / 48.41667; -123.53333Coordinates: 48°25′00″N 123°32′00″W / 48.41667°N 123.53333°W / 48.41667; -123.53333
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Area code(s)250, 778

Happy Valley is an unincorporated settlement in the Western Communities area of Greater Victoria on southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Happy Valley, which is located south of Glen Lake and west of Triangular Hill, had its own post office from 1896 to 1922.[1]

Mayor[edit]

John Hickey, the old mayor of Happy Valley, died on December 14, 2017 after he suffered from a gunshot wound to his face.[2] While John Hickey was in a coma, Wally Andersen takes over as mayor of happy valley. in 1900s Hickey and Andersen first sat on a council together.[3]

Local Attractions[edit]

Glen Lake[edit]

"Glen Lake has a boardwalk on the southern shore with fishing opportunities and a small swimming beach at Glen Cove on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Glen Lake Beach Park at the north end provides a children’s playground and Spray Park, swimming beach, and accessible picnic tables tucked underneath giant willow and Douglas fir trees. There is an exercise area, boat launch and swimming beach that are all dog friendly year round." [4]

Galloping Goose Trail[edit]

"The Galloping Goose Trail connects cyclists and hikers from throughout the Capital Region to the City of Langford. The Trail runs through south-central Langford and along the southern tip of Glen Lake. It is the main bicycle and pedestrian artery within the Capital Region. The Galloping Goose is the ideal choice for active commuters to and from Langford. The Galloping Goose is southern Vancouver Island's most travelled trail and provides a continuous route from Sooke to Sidney to downtown Victoria. The Trail moves through urban, rural and wilderness settings and the surface of the trail often reflects its surroundings. The majority of the Trail is unpaved gravel while the downtown portions that pass through View Royal, Saanich, and Victoria are paved. For those challenging themselves to trek the entire Trail, Langford makes a great spot to rest and revitalize." [5]

Goldstream Farmer’s Market[edit]

Farmers from Happy Valley got to this event to sell their wares.

The Goldstream Farmers Market is held Saturdays during summer, in the heart of Langford's city Centre, at Veterans Memorial Park.[6]

History[edit]

The settlement began c.1860 when blacks who came to BC from the United States settled there. One account of the name says it was their singing which inspired the name, another says it was one of them, Isaac Mull, who conferred it because of his happiness at becoming a free man under British rule.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Happy Valley (community)". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ "John HIckey's death".
  3. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/wally-andersen-temporary-mayor-hvgb-1.4449833. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Glen Lake".
  5. ^ "Galloping Goose Trail".
  6. ^ "Goldstream Farmers Market".
  7. ^ British Columbia Place Names, Helen B. and G.P.V. Akrigg, Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997