Increase in Number of Visitors to Regional Parks for 2007

Apr 16, 2008

Victoria, BC – More than 3.6 million people visited a CRD regional park or trail in 2007, an increase of approximately 100,000 visitors from the previous year.

Regional Parks’ nature programs also continued to be popular among children and adults. These environmental interpretation activities include guided hikes, special events, nature centres and school programs.

”These natural areas offer residents and visitors an ideal setting in which to stay healthy and active in our easily accessible and spectacular outdoors,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Christopher Causton.

The most frequently visited park was Elk/Beaver Lake, which hosted more than one million visitors in 2007. Other popular parks and trails include:

  • Galloping Goose Regional Trail - over 672,000 visits
  • Thetis Lake - over 580,000 visits
  • Island View Beach - over 254,000 visits
  • Lochside Regional Trail - over 200,000 visits
  • East Sooke - over 113,000 visits

CRD Regional Parks protects and manages more than 11,500 hectares of accessible natural areas in 30 regional parks and trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Data on the estimated number of visitors is collected annually and assists with regional parks and trails management.

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For more information please contact:
Lloyd Rushton
General Manager, Parks and Community Services
tel: 250.478.3344