Matthews Point Regional Park Management Plan
The CRD has drafted a management plan for Matthews Point Regional Park on Galiano Island. It will guide park management, development and use over the next 15 years. The draft management plan has been developed with input received through the initial round of engagement with First Nations, government agencies, and the public conducted in the winter 2017.
Public involvement is an integral part of the management planning process. The Draft Management Plan was available for public review and comment in May and June 2018. Input was available through an online form and at a information booth and an open house that were held by staff on Galiano Island. We thank everyone for the feedback. The comment period is now closed.
All comments received will be considered before the management plan is finalized for approval by the CRD Board.
An initial public participation report, summarizing engagement undertaken in 2017, went to the Regional Parks Committee and CRD Board for information in February and March 2018, respectively. A second public participation report, summarizing results of this round of engagement, will be provided to the Regional Parks Committee and CRD Board later in 2018.
Purpose of a Management Plan
The management plan will guide conservation, development, operation and use of the park over the long term. It will provide strategic policy direction and specific priority actions for park management.
Key steps in the planning process:
- Initial consultation to gather information and ideas (Complete)
- Drafting the plan (Complete)
- Consultation on the draft plan (May 11-June 24, 2018)
- Finalizing the plan for approval
- Implementing the management plan
About the Park
The 25 ha park is located on the south-east tip of Galiano Island. It is managed by CRD Regional Parks. The park is currently in reserve status with no official trails or visitor facilities, although some informal trails exist on site.
- Steep bluffs with views of Active Pass
- Coastal ecosystems, including rock bluff, older second-growth Douglas-fir forest, and arbutus woodland
- Vibrant wildflowers in the spring
- Adjacent park and shore access, managed by other agencies, provide additional opportunities