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parks for all

seasons Making A Difference...

CRD PARKS

2011


Things to Do

picnic

fishing

P. 6, 8, 12, 15, 14

P. 8, 12, 15, 14

beach access

sight seeing

P. 5, 6, 15

P. 5, 7, 8, 10, 14

toilet

swimming

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biking

P. 8, 9, 15,14

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horse riding

Park Reserves

Albert Head Lagoon... 4 East Sooke................. 6 Devonian.................... 5 East Point................... 6 Witty’s Lagoon......... 14 Island View Beach... 10

Ayum Creek .......... 15 Mill Farm ................ 15 Mount Wells .......... 15 Sooke Hills............... 15

seasons

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Making A Difference...

index Beaches and Coastal

parks for all

Forest Francis/King............ 7 East Sooke............. 6 Thetis Lake........... 14 Roche Cove ........ 13

Trails Galloping Goose ... 8

Gulf Islands East Point................ 6 Mount Norman...... 12 Mount parke.......... 12

Lake/ Recreation Elk/Beaver Lake...... 7 Thetis Lake........... .14 Matheson Lake..... 11

Hilltop Bear Hill .................... 4 Gonzales Hill............. 9 Horth Hill................... 9 Lone Tree Hill.......... 10 Mill Hill..................... 11 Mount Norman........ 12 Mount Parke............ 12 Mount Work............. 12


FourinSeasons CRD Parks In March, shooting star wildflowers explode across the slopes of Mill Hill. On a hot August afternoon, a harbour seal breaks the surface in Coles Bay, scans the shoreline, and vanishes. On a cool October morning, a bald eagle swoops low, looking for fish in Witty’s Lagoon. After a December downpour, water droplets glisten on sword ferns in Mount Work. Here, not long ago, Aboriginal peoples trapped migrating salmon, hunted elk, and dug camas bulbs. The Coast Salish people crafted baskets, clothing, and

canoes from cedar and moved quietly with the seasons.

marsh, lagoon, hilltop, beach, and dune – in 25 CRD parks.

In 1842, James Douglas claimed the land for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Over one hundred and fifty years and 250,000 people later, much has changed­­—including the original landscape.

Our mandate is to manage these heritage lands for present and future generations. To assist us in this goal, we offer parks for a variety of recreational uses, from protected wilderness to creation in a natural setting. Read on to find brief descriptions of each park.

Today, the Capital Regional District (CRD) protects and preserves more than 8,100 hectares of spectacular and easily accessible coastal and island landscapes— rocky coast, lake, forest,

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CRD Parks 1 Albert Head Lagoon 2 Bear Hill 3 Coles Bay 4 Devonian 5 East Point 6 East Sooke 7 Elk/Beaver Lake 8 Francis/King 9 Galloping Goose Trail 10 Gonzales Hill 11 Horth Hill 12 Island View Beach 13 Lone tree hill

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14 Matheson Lake 15 Mill Hill 16 Mount Norman 17 Mount Parke 18 Mount Work 19 Roche Cove 20 Thetis Lake 21 Witty’s Lagoon 22 Ayum Creek 23 Mill Farm 24 Mount Wells 25 Sooke Hills Wilderness

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Mayne Island 19 Salt Spring Island 16

Saturna 6 Island South Pender Island

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Wander along the gentle forest trails of this hilltop park and enjoy: a profusion of wildflowers in the spring; mixed woodland of western red cedar, douglas fir, garry oak, and arbutus; views of the Saanich Peninsula and Haro Strait; trails for both hikers and horse riders; trail connections to Elk/ Beaver Lake Regional Park.

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This small lagoon serves as a wildlife sanctuary and refuge for a variety of birds. It offers: a protected lagoon that attracts local ducks, geese and swans,as well as many varieties of migrating birds, a cobble beach to enjoy a picnic, beach comb, and bird watch, Views of Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains.

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Offers: a winding nature trail through towering cedar and along a quiet creek, a secluded bay for picnicking, birdwatching and beachcombing

North Saanich Size: 4 hectares (10 acres) Activities: birdwatching, hiking, picnicking Facilities: trails, parking, picnic tables, pit toilets Acquired: 1966

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Offers: a gentle walking trail through mixed woodland and along a winding creek, a cobble beach for picnicking and beachcombing, birdwatching at Sherwood Pond, and views of the Olympics, Race Rocks and Juan De Fuca Strait

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Size: 2.5 hectares ( 6.2 acres) Activities: strolling, sightseeing, photography Facilities: parking, pit toilets Acquired: 1996

east sooke

Offers: 50 km of trails through forest, marsh and field, 10 km of rugged coastline trail, pocket beaches, rocky bays and islets for beachcombing, scuba diving and exploring tide pools views of juan De Fuca Strait and the Olympics.

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Size: 1,424 hectares (5.5 sq. mi.) Activities: hiking, nature study, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing, picnicking Facilities: parking, pit toilets, picnic tables, trails Acquired: 1966

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Located off East Sooke Rd in East Sooke

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Discover the place where the West Coast begins, where the forest meets the sea, and trees cling to windswept cliffs.

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This former lighthouse property along the sculpted shore of Saturna Island includes shelves of sandstone rock in the intertidal zone, a small pocket beach and shell midden exposed along the cliffs, spectacular views of the Strait of Georgia, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascade Mountains.

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Size:113 hectares (279 acres) Activities: birdwatching, hiking, picnicking, nature study Facilities: nature house, pit toilets, parking, picnic tables Acquired: 1979

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Offers: 11km of gentle, woodland trails,spring wildflower meadows, a nature house and meeting room, the Elsie King Trail, a cedar boardwalk with access for people with walking disabilities, trail connections to Thetis Lake Regional Park

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Size: 411 hectares Activities: hiking, cycling, swimming, horse riding, birdwatching, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, nature study Facilities: parking, trails washrooms, swimming, concessions, boat launch, picnic tables, drinking water,

Sayward

Pat Bay Highway (17)

Offers: a large freshwater lake to enjoy swimming, canoeing and fishing, walking and bridle trails through forest, field and wetland, beaches, picnic areas and fishing pier with access for people with walking disabilities.

Located off the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy. 17)

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Accessible at numerous points along the trail ( 10 km section from Victoria to Colwood is paved). For a map, contact CRD Parks at (250) 478-3344 or at http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/index.htm

This former railway line offers a unique experience. The 57 km trail begins in Victoria and connects with Saanich, View royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin, and Sooke. Cyclists pedestrians, in-line skaters,and horse riders share the trail through urban neighbourhoods (paved trail), rolling farmland, into deep forest, and past rocky shoreline. Deer and raccoon, heron and hawk, squirrel and field mouse can be seen by the watchful eye

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Size: 57 km long Activities: cycling, hiking, walking, horse riding, in-line skating Facilities: parking, pit toilets, trail Acquired: 1987

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A protected natural landscape in the heart of the city. Offers: unparalleled views of Victoria, Juan De Fuca Strait, the Olympic mountains, and the Sooke Hills; habitat for California quail, rare wildflowers and a stand of Garry oak trees; Gonzales Observatory, a weather station for 75 years, now a heritage building.

Located on a large rocky knoll on Denison Rd in Victoria/Oak Bay Size: 2 hectares (5 acres) Activities: sightseeing Facilities: parking Acquired: 1992

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Follow the summit trail of this hilltop park and enjoy panoramic views of Saanich Peninsula, Satellite Channel and Gulf Islands; a close-up view of wildflowers in the spring and mushrooms in the fall; trails for hikers and horse riders.

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Located on Tatlow Rd in North Saanich Size: 31 hectares (77 acres) Activities: hiking, horse riding birdwatching, sight seeing, Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets Acquired: 1966


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Offers: a panorama of land and seascapes a long, sandy beach for beachcombing, picnicking, and swimming a fragile sand dune area, home to several rare and beautiful plants a boat launch for access to Cordova Channel and Haro Strait

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Nestled along the eastern shore of the Sannich Peninsula.

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From the summit of this small park, view the Malahat, the Highlands, Victoria, and the distant Olympics. Look closer and find rare and beautiful plants nestled in the steep, dry rock faces bold eagles, ravens, red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures riding the winds Located on Millstream Rd in the Highlands

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matheson lake Size: 162 hectares (400 acres)Activities: hiking, swimming, fishing Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets Acquired: 1994

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Walk through cool woodland, along Millstream Creak, or climb to the park’s summit.

Offers: delicate wildflowers and arbutus, douglas fir and garry oak, views of Esquimalt Harbour, Victoria, and the surrounding hills and mountains, park brochures and other information at CRD Parks headquarters next door, and a trail connecting with Thetis Lake Regional Park

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Located on Atkins Avenue in Langford Size: 50 hectares (124 acres) Activities: hiking and picnicking Facilities: parking lot, trails, pit toilets Acquired: 1981

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Offers: picturesque lake set behind forested hills, several kilometres of trails including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail

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A hilltop in the quiet channels of the gulf Islands.

Offers: the highest viewpoint on South Pender views of other gulf islands, Vancouver Island,the lower mainland and Mount Baker connecting trails to Beaumont Provincial Marine Park

NORTH PENDER ISLAND Mackinnon Road

Located off canal Rd or off Ainslie point road on south Pender Island. BC Ferries to Swartz Bay and Southern Gulf Islands

Size: 101 hectares(250 acres) activities: hiking Facilities: parking, trails,pit toilets,viewpoint acquired: 1988

MAYNE ISLAND Fernhill Road BC Ferries to Swartz Bay and Other Southern Gulf Islands

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Located on Mayne Island in the Gulf Islands this Park offers the highest viewpoint on Mayne views of other gulf islands and the lower mainland a variety of wildflowers and birds to observe while hiking the ridge and slopes of Mount Parke.

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Located off Montrose Rd on Mayne Island. Size: 40 hectares(99 acres) Activities: hiking facilities: parking, trails,pit toilets, viewpoint Acquired:1992

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This popular recreation spot offers a variety of landscapes and activities.

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Located off Willia Point Rd in the Highlands Size: 536 hectares (1,325 acres) Activities: hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, Facilities: trails, parking, pit toilets Acquired: 1970

Offers: Three freshwater lakes — Durrance, Fork, and Peace — for swimming, canoeing, and fishing, 11 km of trails through forest to the summit of Mount Work..

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Offers: Serenity and seclusion on a mossy slope or by a quite cove, Seven km of trails through cedar forest and along the Galloping Goose trail, Hilltop views of Roche Cove and the Sooke Basin.

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located on the Gillespie Rd in East Sooke Size: 159 hectares (393) Activities: hiking, horse riding, birdwatching Facilities: trails, parking, pit toilets Acquired: 1985


thetis lake Located off Six Mile Rd in View Royal and Langford Size: 635 hectares (1,569 a.) Activities: hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating (electric motors), fishing, nature study, horse riding Facilities: parking, trails washrooms, change rooms, swimming, concessions, picnic tables Acquired: 1993

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This popular recreation area offers numerous outdoor activities in a natural setting, including swamp and lake ecosystems for nature study freshwater lakes to enjoy swimming, canoeing and fishing and beaches (with seasonal lifeguards) and picnic areas

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Visit this park and discover its charm and beauty!

Located on Metchosin Rd in Metchosin

Offers: a large lagoon, excellent for birdwatching at any time of the year, more than five km of trail through woodland, past lagoon and marsh, a sandy beach overlooking rocky headlands and off shores islets, a nature information centre

Size: 56 hectares (138 acres) Activities: hiking, birdwatching, beachcombing, horse riding, swimming, picnicking, nature study Facilities: parking, trails, nature house, pit toilets Acquired: 1966

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park reserves CRD Parks builds a system of parks by occasionally acquiring land for future regional parks. These landscapes have few, if any, visitor facilities and public use is not encouraged. CRD Parks will only develop visitor facilities based on public interest, and following completion of a natural resource inventory, and approval of a management plan. Our primary goal for park reserves is the protection of natural and cultural resources.

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This five hectare park protects the regionally significant stream estuary of Ayum Creek, which empties into Sooke Basin. Ayum is also a spawning stream for wild coho and chum salmon. The park is an important link in the sea-tosea green/ blue belt between Sooke Basin and the Saanich Inlet. (Acquired in 1998)

This 88 hectare park features a hill with wildflower and garry oak meadows, and views of the Sooke Hills, Colwood and Langford. (Acquired in 1996.)

Located on the western slopes of Mount Bruce on Salt Spring Island, Mill Farm (65 hectares) includes old-growth Douglas fir, an old mill site and views of the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley. (Acquired in 1996.)

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sooke hills wilderness This former non-catchment area of the Greater Victoria Water District in Sooke is know for is wilderness character, ecological importance, and watershed values. Located in Sooke, public access to this 4,107 hectare park is prohibited. Call 478-3344 for more information. (Aquired in 1997)


What's Facilities Reservation Group picnic shelters in some CRD Parks are available for reservation. The wheelchair accessible Foresters Cabin at Francis/King Regional Park is available for small group meetings. It will accommodate 20 people, and is ideal for presentations, slide shows, or other group activities. To book these facilities, contact CRD Parks Headquarters, 478-3344.

More Information found here:

Please remember...

happening? Interpretive Programs Join in nature programs for adults, children, and families. They’re fun and informative. Watch for special park events. Visit the wheelchair accessible Nature House at Francis/ King Regional park and the Nature Information Centre at Witty’s lagoon Regional Park, open year round.

490 Atkins Avenue Victoria, BC, Canada V9B 2Z8 Telephone: (250) 478-3344 Fax: (250) 478-5416 (250) 474-PARK (recorded information) www.crd.bc.ca/parks/index.htm

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To protect your parks, the following are prohibited: firearms/hunting alcohol consumption camping and open fires removal of any natural/cultural objects from park Phone 1-800-663-5555 to report wild fires To preserve your parks for the enjoyment of all:

carry out any litter respect adjacent private property keep dogs under control at all times pick up your dog’s droppings and deposit in garbage cans or pack out

Dial 474-PARK (474-7275) for 24-hour access to details on nature house hours, nature walks, trail updates, and sepcial parks events. Or find us on the Web at www.crd.bc.ca/parks/index.htm


CRD booklet concept  

A concept book for the CRD, containing different parks around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

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