Victoria, BC - CRD Regional Parks is continuing work this fall on the Thetis Lake Regional Park restoration project. Crews will close the Lower Thetis Lake Trail along the east shore from November 3, 2008 to March 2009 in order to restore the lakeshore ecosystem and redesign and reconstruct sections of the corridor that have been impacted by heavy use.
The trail closure is part of a three phase restoration project to protect the natural environment of the park while providing opportunities for recreational use. In the interim, park visitors may still enjoy other park trails, including the Trillium Trail, which provides access to the west side of Thetis Lake and to Upper Thetis Lake.
“The Thetis Lake Restoration Project is a multi-year undertaking to restore the lakeshore ecosystem and rehabilitate the upper and lower lake trail system,” says Lloyd Rushton, General Manager of Regional Parks and Community Services. “Thetis Lake provides recreational opportunities for over 580,000 visitors annually; as a result these trails have become trampled and braided, and damage to lakeshore vegetation has caused erosion. The upgraded trail will provide an improved trail surface and a better experience for all visitors.”
The project includes the redesign and reconstruction of park trails, rehabilitation of natural areas through transplanting, removal of invasive species and redirection of human and pet traffic.
At a cost of approximately $390,000, the restoration is a major initiative identified in the Thetis Lake Management Plan. Additional Information:
Thetis Lake Regional Park Restoration Project
Thetis Lake Map of Restoration Area
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks