parks

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)
Saanich Parks staff are reminding Mount Douglas Park visitors to abide by parking rules and respect the natural environment. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Parking, trampling among growing concerns as attendance rises in Saanich park

‘The park is really suffering,’ says Mount Douglas Park advocate

Saanich Parks staff are reminding Mount Douglas Park visitors to abide by parking rules and respect the natural environment. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of many set to reopen for day-use on Thursday, May 14. (Black Press Media files)

Most of B.C.’s provincial parks to reopen today, visitors asked to physically distance

Overnight camping and the rest of the day-use facilities could return in June

Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of many set to reopen for day-use on Thursday, May 14. (Black Press Media files)
Cadboro-Gyro Park remains closed along with Saanich’s other playgrounds and recreation facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich playgrounds, sports courts, recreation centres won’t reopen right away

District following advice of province on safe, gradual plan for reopening

Cadboro-Gyro Park remains closed along with Saanich’s other playgrounds and recreation facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
First parks reopen in Sooke after coronavirus closures

First parks reopen in Sooke after coronavirus closures

Parks gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, say officials

First parks reopen in Sooke after coronavirus closures
Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Civil Liberties group seeks amnesty for recreational tickets issued during pandemic

The association has received at least 100 public complaints over the past 10 days

Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Graffiti on two sides of a boulder in Death Valley National Park is from 2019 and 2020, marked “Steve & Lacy”. The National Parks Service is seeking a man from Grand Forks, B.C., in connection with the graffiti. (US National Parks Service)

U.S. officials look for B.C. man suspected of vandalizing Death Valley National Park

Rangers believe the man travelled with a dog named Lacy on his way to an off-road race

Graffiti on two sides of a boulder in Death Valley National Park is from 2019 and 2020, marked “Steve & Lacy”. The National Parks Service is seeking a man from Grand Forks, B.C., in connection with the graffiti. (US National Parks Service)
The Churchill Drive parking lot entrance of Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the long weekend. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park)

Mount Douglas Park closed to vehicle traffic over long weekend

Saanich residents encouraged to explore parks in their neighbourhood on foot

The Churchill Drive parking lot entrance of Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the long weekend. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park)
A canoe was found in the men’s bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)

Canoe found in men’s public bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park

‘Please do not park your canoe in our bathrooms,’ say Saanich parks staff

A canoe was found in the men’s bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)
Sigrune Fricke lives on Willow Street which borders the north end of the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation lot and she’s concerned the youth bike park will bring vandalism, noise, increased traffic and other nuisances to the area. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich residents call for more public consultation on youth bike park

Work at the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation set to start this summer

Sigrune Fricke lives on Willow Street which borders the north end of the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation lot and she’s concerned the youth bike park will bring vandalism, noise, increased traffic and other nuisances to the area. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
BC Parks has fully closed Goldstream Provincial Park, as well as other parks, due to the COVID-19 response. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19: A roundup of park and recreation closures across Greater Victoria

Parks, recreation facilities, campgrounds close in light of COVID-19

BC Parks has fully closed Goldstream Provincial Park, as well as other parks, due to the COVID-19 response. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Cedar Hill Golf Course is one of many public recreation facilities closed to the public in reponse to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Cedar Hill Golf Course is one of many public recreation facilities closed to the public in reponse to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Fred Haynes encourages Saanich residents to take advantage of Saanich parks to cope with social distancing amid COVID-19. (Sarah Schuchard/ News Staff)

Mayor encourages residents to take advantage of Saanich trails amid COVID-19

Fred Haynes wants residents to stay healthy during social isolation by walking local trails

Fred Haynes encourages Saanich residents to take advantage of Saanich parks to cope with social distancing amid COVID-19. (Sarah Schuchard/ News Staff)
Saanich council will consider a request for additional funding for the Tripp Station Youth Park. (Photo courtesy the District of Saanich)

Saanich considers more cash for new Tripp Station youth bike park

Parks staff ask for extra $100,000 on top of current budget of $166,700

Saanich council will consider a request for additional funding for the Tripp Station Youth Park. (Photo courtesy the District of Saanich)
Saanich Parks asks public to provide input for its Horner Park Renewal Project. (Google)

Proposed renewal concept for Horner Park realeased

Project is set to start in early summer amid review of public input

Saanich Parks asks public to provide input for its Horner Park Renewal Project. (Google)
Dogs are required to be on leash in 11 CRD parks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

CRD committee considers altering leash law

Leash-only rules not working in Sooke, says mayor

Dogs are required to be on leash in 11 CRD parks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Cecilia Creek Falls Park is located near the intersection of Inverness Road and Linwood Avenue. (District of Saanich)

Saanich looks to bring new life to Cecilia Creek Falls Park

Park has sat untouched for 12 years, council looks to bring 2008 concept to life

Cecilia Creek Falls Park is located near the intersection of Inverness Road and Linwood Avenue. (District of Saanich)
A sneaky sap thief has added four taps to this large maple tree in Mount Douglas Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

A sneaky sap thief has added four taps to this large maple tree in Mount Douglas Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)