Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District is developing parkland in the Sea to Sea Regional Park Reserve for visitor facilities. The vast wilderness area located in the District of Sooke and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area comprises 3,874 hectares.
“While conservation and development in the park will occur over a number of years, the first phase of development includes opening the lower section of the park known as the Mount Manual Quimper area this fall,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “The wilderness area nestled in the Sooke Hills will offer a range of non-motorized outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, which will enable park visitors to remain in close touch with the natural environment.”
In May 2010, the Capital Regional District Board approved a management plan for four connected park units located within a larger system of protected areas known as the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt: Ayum Creek, Kapoor, Sea to Sea, and Sooke Potholes regional parks.
“The management plan guides how each of these parks will be protected, managed and developed in the future,” said Geoff Young, CRD Board Chair. “The parks contain significant environmental and cultural resources and offer outstanding recreation opportunities. In addition to contributing to our overall quality of life, they protect ecosystems, provide habitat for plants and animals, and support clean air and water.”
The management plan underwent public consultation throughout the planning process, which involved input from residents, First Nations, governments, interest groups, as well as a Management Plan Advisory Group.
The Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt is a visionary undertaking that will create an approximately 12,000 hectare corridor of protected wilderness and parkland stretching from Saanich Inlet to the Sooke Basin, making it the largest protected area in the region. Currently, 10,300 hectares are held as provincial, regional, or municipal park land.
Details on the park and development plan can be found at CRD Regional Parks.
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030