About CRD Regional Parks Rangers

CRD Regional Parks Rangers serve as friendly ambassadors in regional parks and on regional trails. They assist park visitors and provide an education-first approach to park preservation and values.

Park rangers can also be a resource to help solve problems and ensure parks remain a safe place for people from all walks of life to visit, enjoy and recreate in.

Duties and Training

Ranger training includes sessions related to effective communication, de-escalation, voluntary compliance, park bylaws, and personal safety.

Ranger duties include:

  • Providing a friendly and positive presence in regional parks and on regional trails.
  • Responding to and resolving bylaw concerns in parks and on trails.
  • Encouraging safe and positive use of parks.
  • Attending permitted events in parks and liaising with community groups.

CRD Parks Rangers are not police officers and are not armed. Park rangers take an education-first approach and promote voluntary compliance by teaching the public about park regulations. CRD Parks Rangers and Peace Officers have full authority to enforce and ticket under the Parks Regulation Bylaw.

Park rangers also work with bylaw enforcement, police, fire and rescue service, BC Ambulance and other departments and agencies on issues found in regional parks and on regional trails.


You’ll find CRD Regional Parks Rangers out in parks wearing dark grey pants, tan shirts, and black jackets in the rainy, winter months. All park rangers are clearly identifiable by their uniforms, and all carry a first aid kit and radio or cell phone for emergencies. Rangers drive clearly-marked Capital Regional District trucks, and some are marked with “Park Ranger” text. 

Getting the Right Help in Parks

  • If people or property are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • For non-emergency issues, park visitors can Report an Issue online.
  • To report a conflict with domestic animals in parks, find the local municipal contact.
  • To report a conflict with wildlife contact BC Conservation at 1.877.952.7277.
  • To report injured wildlife contact BCSPCA Wild Arc at 250.478.9453.
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    A CRD Parks Ranger speaks with a group Thetis Lake Regional Park.
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    A CRD Parks Ranger and volunteer equestrian park steward talk with a dog owner in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.
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    Two CRD Parks Rangers patrolling a regional park.
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    A CRD Parks Ranger speaks with a visitor in Thetis Lake Regional Park.
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    A CRD Parks Ranger filling out a municipal ticket form.

Park Use Permits

Regional Parks manages all activities and uses within regional parks and trails, many of which require a park use permit. Find out more about permits.

Parks and Trails Etiquette

Rules and etiquette can be found on individual park and trails pages. Smoking, drugs, alcohol, and fires are prohibited in regional parks.

Park Bylaws, Usage and Rules

Find out more about what bylaws regulate regional parks and CRD Regional Parks Usage and Rules.

Report a Problem

Contact us about an issue in a CRD Regional Park or on a Regional Trail through our online portal.