CRD Regional Parks is developing a joint management plan for Roche Cove and Matheson Lake Regional Parks. The plan will provide both strategic and specific management direction and will guide environmental conservation, cultural heritage management, visitor use and park development over the next 15-20 years.

About the Parks

Matheson Lake Regional Park is a 156 hectare property in Metchosin acquired in 1994. It features a picturesque lake and beach, forested hills and several kilometres of trails.

Roche Cove Regional Park was established in 1985 and comprises 162 hectares of land in East Sooke around a sheltered cove in the Sooke Basin. The park features trails through cedar forest, along Matheson Creek and to mossy hilltops.

Both parks are classified as Regional Natural Areas in the Regional Parks Strategic Plan 2012-2021.

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail runs through these parks offering opportunities for cycling, walking and equestrian use.

The Management Planning Process

Roche Cove and Matheson Lake will be under one management planning process due to the close proximity of these parks to each other. The planning process for Roche Cove and Matheson Lake Regional Parks includes several steps:

  1. Project initiation is the first step and includes gathering background information and preparing for engagement.
  2. Initial engagement with First Nations, the public, and other key government agencies is used gather additional information about the park and input into its potential management. CRD aims to ensure that everyone's interests are considered.
  3. Drafting the Plan is undertaken through a multi-disciplinary project team that includes planning, conservation, recreation, and operations expertise.
  4. Engagement on Draft Plan is undertaken once the draft plan is complete.
  5. Finalizing the Plan is done once all of the comments received are reviewed and considered. The final proposed plan is provided to the Regional Parks Committee for consideration and the CRD Board for approval.
  6. Implementation begins once the CRD has approved the management plan. In most cases, implementation actions are identified as short, medium or longer term in nature.

The planning process will also coincide with development of a management plan for East Sooke Regional Park. The planning process will include opportunities for residents, stakeholders and the public across CRD to provide input into how these parks are managed.

Status of Park Management Plan

May 2020 - The CRD Regional Parks Committee approved the Management Planning Priorities
June 2020 - The CRD Regional Parks Committee approved the Roche Cove and Matheson Lake Management Plan engagement process

Public Engagement

The plan will be developed based on information and input gathered through public engagement. CRD will seek input from First Nations, key government agencies, stakeholder groups and the public. A first round of engagement is planned for August-September 2020 to inform preparation of a draft park management plan. Opportunities for input will be posted on the website and advertised in local newspapers.

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Emma Taylor, Park Planner
Phone: 250.642.8102