We envision additional land acquisitions and increased access to parks and recreational trails for residents.

DerekFord-StS_rec_mountain_biking-cmyk-smallCRD Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,000 hectares of natural areas in 34 regional parks and three regional trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, providing outdoor experiences and activities that improve personal health and foster appreciation and respect for the region’s natural environments. 

The CRD develops and maintains park facilities, offers interpretive programs for continued park stewardship and plans for future land acquisitions focused on parcels with a high potential for conserving and restoring our natural resources.

Anticipated initiatives, staffing, timing and service level requirements for the year ahead are outlined each year in the Parks & Natural Resource Protection Community Need Summary.

Key activities related to our commitment to parks & natural resource protection are outlined in the following plans and strategies:

  • The Regional Parks Strategic Plan sets the direction for regional parks and trails. It includes a long-term vision and mission as well as short-term strategic priorities and actions.
  • The Land Acquisition Strategy provides the CRD Board with a road map for acquiring land to add to the regional parks and trails system. It is guided by the CRD Regional Parks Strategic Plan.
  • The CRD Board Priorities confirm the CRD’s vision, mission and mandate and set the long-term strategic direction for the CRD in order to respond to community needs.
  • The CRD Corporate Plan outlines how the CRD will respond to community needs and deliver on the CRD Board Priorities, ongoing service commitments and approved plans over four years.
The Regional Parks Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board on policies and initiatives related to parks & natural resource protection.