Visits to Regional Parks and Trails Continue to Rise

Feb 15, 2012

Victoria, BC- Residents and visitors continue to enjoy the exceptional and accessible natural areas in the district. The Capital Regional District announced today a record 5.45 million visits to regional parks and trails in 2011, which is an overall increase of 4.6 percent from the previous year.

“CRD Regional Parks offer residents and visitors a variety of popular outdoor recreational opportunities,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “These visitation statistics help guide park management decisions. We expect visitation will continue to increase as our parks and trails are further developed with facilities and recreational opportunities for park visitors.”

The most frequently visited regional trail is the Galloping Goose, with 1.6 million visits and the most popular regional park is Elk/Beaver Lake with 1.2 million annual visits.

  • Galloping Goose Regional Trail............... 1,660,594
  • Elk/Beaver Lake..................................... 1,229,256
  • Lochside Regional Trail........................... 1,023,271
  • Thetis Lake............................................... 405,690
  • Island View Beach..................................... 325,768

Regional Parks has been actively monitoring, and reporting visitation statistics for the past eleven years. The information gathered is valuable for park management and planning purposes, prioritizing facility requirements and providing visitor and operational programs.

CRD Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,000 hectares of natural areas in 33 regional parks and trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Additional Resources:
Visitation Use Chart 2011
Visitation Graph 2001-2011

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