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					                                                           THE OFFICIAL GUIDE
                                                           CRD Parks in Brief
       CRD Parks protects and manages more
      than 10,000 hectares of spectacular and
        easily accessible natural areas in 30      Capital Regional District Parks
        regional parks and trails on southern      Total Size: 10,518 hectares
       Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.      Number of regional parks: 28
           Your regional parks and trails.         Number of regional trails: 2
               Your natural heritage.              Established: 1966
                                                   Largest park: Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park
                                                   Reserve (4,103 hectares)
                                                   Smallest park: Gonzales Hill Regional Park (1.8 hectares)
                                                   Highest park: Mount Braden, Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional
                                                   Park Reserve (471 m)
                                                   Northern-most park: Matthews Point Regional Park Reserve
                                                   Eastern-most park: East Point Regional Park
                                                   Southern-most park: East Sooke Regional Park
                                                   Western-most park: Kapoor Regional Park Reserve




    1. Albert Head Lagoon                                Established: 1997
                                                         Features: salmon spawning stream with estuary
       Regional Park
                                                         foreshore area.
    Size: 7.1 hectares
    Location: Delgada Road in Metchosin
    Classification: regional conservation area
                                                         3. Bear Hill Regional Park
    Activities: birdwatching                             Size: 49 hectares
    Facilities: parking                                  Location: Bear Hill Road in Saanich
    Established: 1978                                    Classification: regional natural area
    Features: small lagoon with cobble beach;            Activities: hiking, horse riding
    wildlife sanctuary and bird refuge; views of         Facilities: parking, trails
    Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains.          Established: 1970
    Open hours: 7 am to sunset                           Features: hilltop (220 m) with forested trails;
                                                         spring wildflower display; views of the Saanich
                                                         Peninsula and Haro Strait.
    2. Ayum Creek
                                                         Open hours: sunrise to sunset
       Regional Park Reserve
    Size: 6.4 hectares                                   4. Brooks Point
    Location: Sooke
    Classification: park reserve
                                                            Regional Park Reserve
    Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas    Size: 4.7 hectares
    set aside for future park use.)                      Location: South Pender Island
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    Classification: park reserve                        Location: East Sooke Road in East Sooke
    Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas   Classification: regional wilderness area
    set aside for future park use.)                     Activities: hiking, birdwatching, picnicking,
    Established: 2000                                   scuba diving
    Features: coastal headland and intertidal rocky     Facilities: parking, trails (50 km), pit toilets,
    shore; sheltered beach; mixed woodland.             picnic tables, picnic shelter
                                                        Established: 1970
    5. Coles Bay Regional Park                          Features: wilderness hiking; ten km of coastline
                                                        trail past pocket beaches and rocky bays; views
    Size: 3.6 hectares
                                                        of Juan de Fuca Strait.
    Location: Inverness Road in North Saanich
                                                        Open hours: 8 am to sunset
    Classification: regional natural area
    Activities: birdwatching, hiking
    Facilities: trails, parking, picnic tables, group   9. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park
    picnic area, pit toilets                            Size: 443 hectares
    Established: 1966                                   Location: Patricia Bay Highway (#17) in Saanich
    Features: creek through western red cedar           Classification: regional recreation area
    forest; sheltered beach facing Saanich Inlet.       Activities: hiking, cycling, swimming, horse
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                       riding, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, sail
                                                        boarding, rowing, water skiing, boating, fishing
    6. Devonian Regional Park                           Facilities: parking, trails, toilets, swimming
                                                        beaches, concessions, playgrounds, accessible
    Size: 16 hectares
                                                        boat launch, accessible fishing float, picnic
    Location: William Head Road in Metchosin
                                                        tables, picnic shelters
    Classification: regional natural area
                                                        Established: 1966
    Activities: hiking, horse riding, birdwatching
                                                        Features: large freshwater lake surrounded
    Facilities: parking, trails, picnic tables, pit
                                                        by mixed forest, wet lowlands, beaches and
    toilets
                                                        waterfowl sanctuary; popular recreation area.
    Established: 1980
                                                        Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Features: nature sanctuary with mixed woodland
    and a winding creek; cobble beach; views of
    Juan de Fuca Strait.                                10. Francis/King Regional Park
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                       Size: 107 hectares
                                                        Location: Munn Road in Saanich
    7. East Point Regional Park                         Classification: regional conservation area
                                                        Activities: hiking, birdwatching, horse riding
    Size: 5.6 hectares
                                                        Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets, nature
    Location: Saturna Island
                                                        centre, picnic tables
    Classification: regional natural area
                                                        Established: 1979
    Activities: hiking
                                                        Features: forested trails; staffed nature centre;
    Facilities: parking, toilets
                                                        accessible interpretive trail.
    Established: 1996
                                                        Open hours: 8 am – 9 pm (April to October);
    Features: former lighthouse property with views
                                                        8 am – 5 pm (October to April)
    of the Strait of Georgia.
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset
                                                        11. Galloping Goose
    8. East Sooke Regional Park                             Regional Trail
    Size: 1,435 hectares                                Length: 55 km
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    Location: Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford,       Established: 1966
    View Royal, Saanich, Victoria                        Features: long sandy beach; fragile sand dune
    Classification: regional trail                       ecosystem; views of Haro Strait and San Juan
    Activities: hiking, cycling, horse riding, in-line   Islands.
    skating                                              Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Facilities: parking, pit toilets
    Established: 1987                                    15. Kapoor Regional Park
    Features: multi-use trail, formerly a rail line;
                                                             Reserve
    travels through urban, rural and wilderness
    landscapes.                                          Size: 14 hectares
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                        Location: Juan de Fuca Electoral Area
                                                         Classification: park reserve
                                                         Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas
    12. Gonzales Hill Regional Park                      set aside for future park use.)
    Size: 1.8 hectares                                   Established: 1999
    Location: Denison Road in Victoria/Oak Bay           Features: forested landscape beside the Sooke
    Classification: regional natural area                River.
    Activities: hiking
    Facilities: parking
                                                         16. Lochside Regional Trail
    Established: 1992
    Features: heritage-designated Gonzales               Length: 29 km
    Observatory (no public access); rocky knoll          Location: Saanich, Central Saanich, Sidney,
    (66 m) with outstanding views.                       North Saanich
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                        Classification: regional trail
                                                         Activities: hiking, cycling, horse riding, in-line
    13. Horth Hill Regional Park                         skating
                                                         Facilities: parking
    Size: 36 hectares
                                                         Established: 2001
    Location: Tatlow Road in North Saanich
                                                         Features: multi-use trail, formerly a rail line;
    Classification: regional natural area
                                                         travels through urban landscapes and working
    Activities: hiking, birdwatching, horse riding
                                                         agricultural areas.
    Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets
                                                         Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Established: 1966
    Features: hilltop park (136 m) with views of
    Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands; spring           17. Lone Tree Hill Regional Park
    wildflower display.                                  Size: 32 hectares
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                        Location : Millstream Road in the Highlands
                                                         Classification: regional natural area
    14. Island View Beach                                Activities: hiking, birdwatching
                                                         Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets
        Regional Park                                    Established: 1982
    Size: 42 hectares                                    Features: hilltop park (364 m) with views of
    Location: Island View Road in Central Saanich        Victoria and the Olympic Mountains; spring
    Classification: regional conservation area           wildflower display.
    Activities: hiking, birdwatching, swimming,          Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    boating
    Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets, picnic
    tables, boat launch

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    18. Matheson Lake                                    Activities: hiking
                                                         Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets, picnic
        Regional Park
                                                         table
    Size: 157 hectares                                   Established: 1981
    Location: Matheson Lake Park Road in                 Features: hilltop (203 m) Garry oak ecosystems;
    Metchosin                                            woodland along Millstream Creek; views; spring
    Classification: regional conservation area           wildflower display. CRD Parks Headquarters
    Activities: hiking, swimming, canoeing,              located here.
    kayaking, fishing                                    Open hours: 8 am – 8 pm (April to October);
    Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets, swimming   8 am – 5 pm (October to April)
    beach
    Established: 1994
    Features: lake ringed by forested hills; access
                                                         22. Mount Parke Regional Park
    from the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.             Size: 49 hectares
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                        Location: Mayne Island
                                                         Classification: regional natural area
                                                         Activities: hiking
    19. Matthews Point
                                                         Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets
        Regional Park Reserve                            Established: 1991
    Size: 15 hectares                                    Features: hilltop park (185 m) with views of the
    Location: Galiano Island                             Gulf Islands and Lower Mainland.
    Classification: park reserve                         Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas
    set aside for future park use.)                      23. Mount Wells Regional Park
    Established: 1999
                                                         Size: 123 hectares
    Features: steep bluffs; stands of mature
                                                         Location: Langford
    Douglas-fir; pockets of arbutus and Garry oak;
                                                         Classification: regional wilderness area
    spring wildflower display.
                                                         Activities: hiking
                                                         Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets
    20. Mill Farm                                        Established: 1994
        Regional Park Reserve                            Features: hilltop park (352 m) with wilderness
    Size: 338 hectares                                   hiking; views of Sooke Hills and the Western
    Location: Salt Spring Island                         Communities; spring wildflower display.
    Classification: park reserve                         Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas
    set aside for future park use.)                      24. Mount Work Regional Park
    Established: 1996                                    Size: 575 hectares
    Features: old-growth Douglas-fir forest; views of    Location: Ross-Durrance Road and Munn Road in
    the Saanich Peninsula.                               the Highlands; Hartland Avenue in Saanich
                                                         Classification: regional natural area
    21. Mill Hill Regional Park                          Activities: hiking, mountain biking (in Hartland
    Size: 61 hectares                                    section only), swimming, canoeing, fishing
    Location: Atkins Avenue in Langford                  Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets
    Classification: regional conservation area           Established: 1970
                                                         Features: three freshwater lakes; 11 km of


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    forested trails to the summit of Mount Work         28. Sooke Potholes
    (449 m); mountain biking trails.
                                                            Regional Park
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset
                                                        Size: 55 hectares
                                                        Location: Sooke River Road in Sooke
    25. Roche Cove Regional Park                        Activities: hiking, swimming
    Size: 163 hectares                                  Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets, picnic
    Location: Gillespie Road in East Sooke              tables
    Classification: regional conservation area          Features: unique geological formations along
    Activities: hiking, cycling, birdwatching, horse    Sooke River; freshwater swimming; access to
    riding                                              Galloping Goose Regional Trail
    Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets            Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Established: 1985
    Features: seven km of trails through cedar
                                                        29. Thetis Lake Regional Park
    forest; access to the Galloping Goose Regional
    Trail.                                              Size: 831 hectares
    Open hours: sunrise to sunset                       Location: Six Mile Road in View Royal/Langford
                                                        Classification: regional conservation area
                                                        Activities: hiking, cycling, horse riding,
    26. Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt                      swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating
        Regional Park Reserve                           (electric), fishing
    Size: 1,628 hectares                                Facilities: parking, trails, toilets, picnic tables,
    Location: Juan de Fuca Electoral Area               changerooms, swimming beach, concession
    Classification: park reserve                        Established: 1993
    Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas   Features: regional conservation area of swamp
    set aside for future park use.)                     and lake ecosystems, forest and hilltops; popular
    Established: 2002                                   recreation area.
    Features: important wilderness area connecting      Open hours: sunrise to sunset
    Tod Inlet and Sooke Basin.
                                                        30. Witty’s Lagoon
    27. Sooke Hills Wilderness                              Regional Park
        Regional Park Reserve                           Size: 57 hectares
    Size: 4,103 hectares                                Location: Metchosin Road in Metchosin
    Location: Sooke                                     Classification: regional conservation area
    Classification: park reserve                        Activities: hiking, birdwatching, horse riding,
    Facilities: none (Park reserves are natural areas   swimming
    set aside for future park use.)                     Facilities: parking, trails, pit toilets, nature
    Established: 1997                                   centre
    Features: largest park area in region; provides     Established: 1966
    buffer to Greater Victoria Water Supply             Features: large lagoon with sandy beach
    Catchment.                                          overlooking rocky headlands and offshore islets;
    Note: no public access is permitted at this time.   five km of woodland trails; staffed nature centre.
                                                        Open hours: 8 am to sunset




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                                                         Regional Parks and Trails
1. Albert Head Lagoon                      16.   Lochside Trail                                                                                                                                                 LEGEND
2. Ayum Creek Park Reserve                 17.   Lone Tree Hill                                                                                                                                                 Municipal Boundaries
3. Bear Hill                               18.   Matheson Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Regional Parks
4. Brooks Point Park Reserve               19.   Matthews Point Park Reserve
5. Coles Bay                               20.   Mill Farm Park Reserve
6. Devonian                                21.   Mill Hill
7. East Point                              22.   Mount Parke
8. East Sooke                              23.   Mount Wells                                                                                                                 Galiano
9. Elk/Beaver Lake                         24.   Mount Work                                                                                                                   Island

10. Francis/King                           25.   Roche Cove                                                                                                                           19
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mayne
11. Galloping Goose Trail                  26.   Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt Park Reserve                                                                                                               Island

12. Gonzales Hill                          27.   Sooke Hills Wilderness Park Reserve                                                                                                             22
13. Horth Hill                             28.   Sooke Potholes                                                                              Salt Spring
14. Island View Beach                      29.   Thetis Lake                                                                                   Island
                                                                                                                                                                                             North
15. Kapoor Park Reserve                    30.   Witty s Lagoon                                                                                                                              Pender                     Saturna
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                                                                             Vancouver                                                                                                                South
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                                                                                    Island                                                                North
                                                                                                                                                         Saanich

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                                                                                                                                              Inlet



                                                                                                                                 Juan de
                                                                                                                                   Fuca
                                                                                                                                 Electoral                     Central
                                                                                                                                                                                14
                                                                                                                                   Area                        Saanich
                                    Juan de Fuca Electoral Area
                                                                                                                                                                    3
                                                                         Capital Regional District                                           17
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                                                                                                                                                                         9
                                                                                                                                                              Saanich




                                                                                                                                              lands
                                                                                                        15                   27                               10




                                                                                                                                             High
                                                                                                                                                                   View
                                                                                                                                                                   Royal
                                                                                                                                                         29                          16
                                                                                                                 26                 Langford
                                                                                                                                                    21
                                                                                                   28                       27                                                             Oak
                                                                                                                                       23                                                  Bay
                                                                                                                                                  Colwood                      Victoria
          Vancouver                                                                                          26
            Island                                                                                                         Metchosin                            Esquimalt              12
                                                                                                  Sooke                                               1
                                                                                                                 2
                                                                                                             Sooke
                                                                                                                            18 11             30
                                                                                                             Basin
                                                                                                                      25                 6
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      0 1 2     4       6    8    10
                                                                                           Juan de Fuca                                                                                                                             Kilometres
                               Map Area                                                    Electoral Area




        Park Etiquette                                                                           What’s Happening at CRD Parks?
        Please:                                                                                  Find out more about your regional parks and trails on
        • Stay on designated trails.                                                             the CRD Parks web site: www.crd.bc.ca/parks.
        • Keep dogs under control and on the trail.
        • Pick up your dog’s droppings.
        • Carry out litter.
        Help protect your regional parks and trails.




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