Capital Regional District Acquires Parkland at Mary Lake

Mar 23, 2017

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is pleased to announce a land purchase from the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society (GVGS) near Mary Lake in the District of Highlands. The CRD has purchased 10-hectares of forest land from GVGS for $500,000 through the CRD Land Acquisition Fund.

“This parcel is identified in the CRD Regional Parks Land Acquisition Strategy,” said CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins. “The CRD acquired this land to complete a recreational corridor connecting Thetis Lake Regional Park with Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Hikers will now be able to complete a 25 km loop including Gowlland Tod, Mount Work, and Thetis Lake Parks. This property was the last missing link to complete the corridor."

The purchase of this property contributes to the protection of a Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem, which in an undisturbed state is rare in British Columbia. The linking trail corridor under CRD’s authority, buffered by parklands under control of the District of Highlands, will provide additional outdoor recreational benefits for community and regional residents.

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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492