Walks in Your Back Yard – CRD, BC

Walks in Your Back Yard

in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, Canada

Copyright R. Eckard 2017


Thirteen communities form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia in Canada. There are also three electoral areas that are within the CRD: Juan de Fuca, Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.  Located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, the hub of this district is the City of Victoria, the capital of the province. This blog describes the parks, playgrounds and green spaces that help form the wonderful urban woodlands within each community.

The Capital Regional District, occupied for over five thousand years, saw a huge population growth in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds that has continued to this day. This area hosts a population of nearly than half a million people.

Southern Vancouver Island is formed by unique and distinct groups or terraces due to the gradual movement of small sections of the earth’s crust. These are sedimentary, metamorphic and volcanic rocks. Some have significant glacial sediments which have been mined for gravel. The bedrocks have been classified in to Wrangellia, Leech River and Colwood collisions that occurred thousands of years ago. Many of the surface rocks show glacial striations from the Fraser Glacial period.

This region of Vancouver Island is in the Coastal Douglas fir zone that is notable for its very dry maritime environment. There are patches of drier areas that Garry oak meadows thrive and damper lands that are home to Coastal Western Hemlock forests.


North Saanich


Central Saanich


Oak Bay

Victoria, BC, Canada


View Royal






Juan de Fuca Electoral Area

Salt Spring Island Electoral Area

Southern Gulf Island Electoral Area

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Enjoy. Thank you.

Sources of further information for exploring your backyard:

Map of Vancouver Island Southern end

Map of Vancouver Island Northern end

Hiking Vancouver Island

Popular Day Hike: Vancouver Island

Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants

Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest

Seaside Walks on Vancouver Island

Hiking Trails 1: Southern Vancouver Island and Greater Victoria

Family Hikes and Walks on Vancouver Island

The Salish Sea

Secret Beaches of Greater Victoria

Flora of Southern British Columbia and Vancouver Island

West Coast Fossils

Explore the Salish Sea: for kids

Coastal Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Views of the Salish Sea

Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island

The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest 

Plants of the Gulf and San Juan Islands and Southern Vancouver Island (Raincoast Pocket)

Endangered Orcas

Orcas Everywhere

Must See Birds of the Salish Sea

Haunting of Vancouver Island

Geology of Southern Vancouver Island

Hiking Adventures with Children on Southern Vancouver Island

P.S. Just so you know, I may receive a commission or compensation when you participate or purchase a product or service I recommend. Thus, I strive to offer practical content and resources in each post.  Happy Exploring in your backyard.

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