Gowlland Tod Park
(Gowlland Tod Park | photo by Province of BC)

A trio of provincial parks on Vancouver Island will expand through land acquisitions by the government from 2020 to 2021.

The three sites are among a list of seven provincial parks and one protected area that will see the addition of over 229 hectares of land the province has purchased.

For a total of $2,473,000, the province has acquired land to add to these parks:

  • Edge Hills Park near Clinton
  • Blue River Black Spruce Park near Blue River
  • Pinecone Burke Park near Coquitlam
  • Cowichan River Park near Duncan
  • White Lake Grasslands Protected Area near Okanagan Falls
  • Wakes Cove Marine Park near Nanaimo
  • Gowlland Tod Park near Victoria
  • Cypress Park near West Vancouver

Gowlland Tod Park, north of Victoria, will see the addition of four hectares of land. The area covers a portion of Hazlitt Creek, straight east from Jocelyn Hill and the Timberman Trail. This acquisition

Two hectares will be added to Wakes Cove Marine Park, located on Valdes Island near Nanaimo, for the cost of $535,000. This area covers the northern tip of the Island, between Cordero and Dixbuxante Point. The province says the land is an ideal location for an anchorage at Wakes Cove.

Near Duncan, Cowichan River Park will receive an additional 39 hectares of land for the price of $570,000. The new land covers portions of the Trans Canada Trail and the Cowichan River Footpath, adjacent to the Sandy Pool Regional District Park.

Before the land opens to the public and is established as parks and protected areas, the province will undertake consultation with First Nations governments. Following the consultation, a number of additional steps will be legally required.

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