Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission acquires, develops, operates and maintains a network of community parks and trails within the JDF electoral area. Read more >>

Juan de Fuca Parks and Trails


Program Objectives for 2018

  • Pending the installation of a planned water system, implement the Kemp Lake Foreshore Improvement proposal to enhance access to the lake for existing fishing and swimming activities off Milligan Road (Otter Point).
  • Construct an information kiosk and install a park bench for the lower pond at Seagirt Ponds Community Park (East Sooke).
  • Realign a set of steps near the trail head of the Mount Matheson Community Trail (East Sooke).
  • Improve running surface of William Simmons Park Access Trail (Otter Point).
  • Maintain 8.1km of trails.
  • Maintain two sports fields and two playgrounds (Otter Point, Port Renfrew and East Sooke).
  • Deliver various recreation programs (yoga, dance, karate, guided hikes) within the electoral area communities.
  • Maintain a variety of park structures, facilities and signs.
  • Through Stewardship Agreements with 5 Societies and 78 volunteers, collaboratively maintain community parks and trails.
  • Construct a Community Trail to provide safe and reliable access through Port Renfrew.
  • Improve access to Priest Cabin Community Park (Shirley).
  • Remove derelict trailer at The Shores Community Park (Jordan River).
  • Construct a picnic shelter at Coppermine Park in conjunction with the Friends of Coppermine Park Society (East Sooke).

Proposed Kemp Lake Foreshore Access Improvement Plan

Juan de Fuca Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and JdF Local Area Planning, is proposing to enhance facilities at Kemp Lake off the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Milligan Road foreshore access. This area is a popular site for non-motorized boat launch, fishing and swimming. The proposed plan would provide a dock for boat launches, fishing and swimming as well as improve parking, picnic and washroom facilities.

A public participation report, presenting the activities undertaken relating to the public participation process for the Kemp Lake Infrastructure Improvement Proposal and comments received through that process, was presented to the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission at its meeting of April 25, 2017.

Stewardship Agreements - Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of Eaglecrest Park, Friends of Copper Mine Park, the Seagirt Ponds Preservation Society, the Mount Matheson Conservation Society and the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society have signed Stewardship Agreements to help steward Juan de Fuca Community Parks and Trails. If you wish to set up a similar society, or just want to volunteer your time and skills towards the maintenance, upkeep or improvement of your community parks, please contact 250.642.8103 or email.

Help Steward Our Community Treasures

Community parks and trails are yours to enjoy, and a legacy for future generations. While visiting, please respect the private property next to the parks, trails, viewpoints, and ocean accesses and leave no trace of your visit or the visit of your dog. Leave the treasures that you find, including wildflowers, for others to enjoy.

Community Parks Memorial Bench or Table

As a memory for a loved one or community member, the Juan de Fuca Community Parks program will support your donation of a memorial bench or picnic table at selected sites within a park or along park trails. For more information on location, design and cost options, please contact 250.642.8103 or email.

Park Use Information

  • Community parks are open from sunrise to sunset
  • There are no fire or camping facilities in any community parks


Contact Us

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
3 – 7450 Butler Road
Sooke, BC
V9Z 1N1