(Photo by Parks and Planning)

Nature lovers that frequent Mount Douglas Park (PKOLS) can look forward to a redesigned staircase that has been unveiled to the public. 

The stairs were originally closed to the public near the end of summer last year out of concerns for public safety, due to cracking concrete causing lower sections of the staircase to crumble into the ocean.

The new stairs are designed with wood rather than concrete, as wood is more flexible and a lower impact material.

Paul de Greeff, the Manager of parks Planning and Development said the improvement to this walkway will allow the public to enjoy a beautiful part of the Mount Douglas Park beach.

“We’re excited to reopen this access point to the one of the most beautiful beaches in Saanich,” said Manager of Parks Planning and Development Paul de Greeff. 

In addition to maintaining public safety, these new stairs will help minimize impacts on the surrounding environment,” said de Greeff.

The new staircase was designed and constructed with Green Shores principles, such as integrating with beach processes, revegetation and erosion control. 

Nine years ago Indigenous people local to southern Vancouver Island trekked to the top of Mount Douglas in Saanich and placed a sign identifying the peak by its Indigenous name PKOLS.


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