The CRD protects and manages more than 13,000 hectares of spectacular and accessible natural areas in 33 regional parks and trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Our parks and trails provide opportunities for outdoor experiences and activities that improve personal health and well-being while fostering appreciation, enjoyment and respect for the region's natural environments.
The CRD develops and maintains park facilities, plans for future acquisitions, restores and conserves natural resources and offers interpretive programs for the continued stewardship of regional parks and trails.
Regional Parks was established as a department of the Capital Regional District in 1966, pursuant to authority granted by Letters Patent issued by the Province of British Columbia on February 1, 1966. In 1989, the CRD Board approved Bylaw No. 1749 which established the Regional Parks' service as an extended service under the Municipal Act (the precursor to the Local Government Act). All municipalities and electoral areas in the Capital Region participate in the Regional Parks service.
The CRD Parks and Environmental Services General Manager works closely with municipalities and electoral areas and elected officials on regional parkland issues and has overall responsibility for the Regional Parks division. Regional Parks is governed by the CRD Board through the Regional Parks Committee. The Regional Parks Committee is a standing committee appointed by the CRD Board for regional park function purposes.
CRD Regional Parks are funded through property taxes, fees, rental income, donations and grants.