parks

Construction is underway in Saanich’s Horner Park and a variety of upgrades are on the way. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Construction is underway in Saanich’s Horner Park and a variety of upgrades are on the way. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Soil removed during construction of the McKenzie Interchange has been repurposed into a berm with a walking path along the side of the highway. (Photo courtesy Colin Plant)

Excess soil from McKenzie interchange repurposed into berm, walking path

Landscaping, trees to be added this fall, ministry says

Soil removed during construction of the McKenzie Interchange has been repurposed into a berm with a walking path along the side of the highway. (Photo courtesy Colin Plant)
Have fun, get messy and explore!

Have fun, get messy and explore!

10 top tips for learning outside with children

  • Sep 7, 2020
Have fun, get messy and explore!
The Churchill Drive gate just past the parking lot in Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the Labour Day long weekend due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society/Twitter)
The Churchill Drive gate just past the parking lot in Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the Labour Day long weekend due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society/Twitter)
A discarded syringe found in Rutledge park in January. More safe disposal options are needed for discarded syringes, says SOLID operations coordinator Fred Cameron, after another needle was found, this time after poking a 15-year-old Sooke boy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke mother calls for action after 15-year-old poked by discarded syringe in Saanich park

Discarded needle poke in Saanich park points to need for safe disposal options: SOLID

A discarded syringe found in Rutledge park in January. More safe disposal options are needed for discarded syringes, says SOLID operations coordinator Fred Cameron, after another needle was found, this time after poking a 15-year-old Sooke boy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Discover Saanich’s hidden gems

Discover Saanich’s hidden gems

Volunteers pull together to support these natural landscapes

  • Aug 17, 2020
Discover Saanich’s hidden gems
The staircase heading to Sooke Bluffs has been closed to the public until further notice, after being deemed a ‘high risk.’ (Google Maps)

Sooke Bluffs staircase closed due to rot

District to consider replacement for ‘high risk’ staircase in fall

The staircase heading to Sooke Bluffs has been closed to the public until further notice, after being deemed a ‘high risk.’ (Google Maps)
Take a tour of Saanich’s significant trees

Take a tour of Saanich’s significant trees

We know that spending time in nature is essential to our wellness…

  • Aug 10, 2020
Take a tour of Saanich’s significant trees
Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
People enjoy the Saanich Cycling Festival on May 5th, 2019.

Your 2-day Saanich staycation: Hike, pedal and paddle!

Where will your summer travels take you? While many of us are…

  • Aug 3, 2020
People enjoy the Saanich Cycling Festival on May 5th, 2019.
Your Saanich beach day begins here!

Your Saanich beach day begins here!

Here in Saanich, virtually any day makes for a good beach day,…

  • Jul 27, 2020
Your Saanich beach day begins here!
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)

BC Parks considering a day-use pass system for popular locations to avoid overcrowding

Although some parks have reopened, B.C.’s busiest parks have remained shut

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)
Celebrate summer in Saanich parks: Explore your own backyard!

Celebrate summer in Saanich parks: Explore your own backyard!

If Saanich residents didn’t already know about the amazing array of parks…

  • Jul 20, 2020
Celebrate summer in Saanich parks: Explore your own backyard!
The City of Colwood is asking for public input on its first master plan for parks and recreation, which will guide the next 10 years of improvements. (City of Colwood photo)

Colwood asking for public input on master plan for parks and recreation

Feedback will help guide next 10 years of improvements

The City of Colwood is asking for public input on its first master plan for parks and recreation, which will guide the next 10 years of improvements. (City of Colwood photo)
Sooke resident Herb Haldane is taking action towards getting a dog park built in Sooke. (Pixabay photo)

Sooke resident rallies for dog park

Sooke council invites feedback on parks and trails master plan draft

Sooke resident Herb Haldane is taking action towards getting a dog park built in Sooke. (Pixabay photo)
A pedestrian walks through Kings Park along the trail that backs onto Bowker Creek in Kings Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich extends deadline for $2.75-million Kings Park fundraising

In wake of pandemic, council pushes the deadline to March 31, 2021

A pedestrian walks through Kings Park along the trail that backs onto Bowker Creek in Kings Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Facebook photo/Strathcona Provincial Park)

Campers can get one site for the price of two in BC Parks this summer

B.C. campers disgruntled by full rates being charged for half-capacity double campsites

(Facebook photo/Strathcona Provincial Park)
The District of Saanich is looking at allowing liquor consumption in parks and other public spaces. (pexels.com/Engin Akyurt)

Saanich looks at allowing alcohol in parks after North Vancouver gives the green light

Bylaw allowing liquor in parks ‘a very positive idea,’ mayor says

The District of Saanich is looking at allowing liquor consumption in parks and other public spaces. (pexels.com/Engin Akyurt)
A Great Horned Owl found dead near Kings Park killed by rat poison. (Photo courtesy Robert Vanzella)

Saanich residents sound alarm after second owl dies of rat poison

Great Horned Owl found in Kings Park killed by three rodenticides

A Great Horned Owl found dead near Kings Park killed by rat poison. (Photo courtesy Robert Vanzella)
Overnight camping will be allowed as of June 1 in provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island in Nanaimo. Provincial parks opened for hiking and other day uses May 14 after being closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. residents can now reserve a provincial campsite for a stay starting June 1

Campsite reservations will only be available to British Columbians

Overnight camping will be allowed as of June 1 in provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island in Nanaimo. Provincial parks opened for hiking and other day uses May 14 after being closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)