Island View Beach Regional Park Campground To Re-Open This Summer

Feb 18, 2010

Victoria, BC - The Island View Beach Regional Park campground in Central Saanich will be open this summer. The CRD Regional Parks Committee approved an interim plan to provide camping at Island View Beach for the 2010 and 2011 camping seasons.

In September 2009, CRD Regional Parks purchased land adjacent to Island View Beach Regional Park to complete the park boundary. The parcel included the previously privately owned RV and tenting campground.

Regional Parks is making improvements to the campground which include site cleanup, campground assessment and modification, re-naturalization of the foreshore to provide public access to the beach and containment of an infestation of carpet burweed (Soliva sessilis), an invasive plant. For safety and to prevent the spread of burweed, CRD Regional Parks is requesting the public avoid the campground area until it opens in May.

“Regional Parks will undertake a comprehensive planning review of the Island View Beach Management Plan, which will recommend long term use for the campground site,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “This planning process will include the Cordova Shore Conservation Strategy, a business case, assessment of the campground, a public consultation process and an invasive species management plan.”

The improved campground will be designed and maintained to provide a high quality, self-contained camping experience. As well, it will connect to the day use areas to complete the park as one contiguous area and ensure better protection of sensitive ecosystems.

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For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030