Capital Regional District bylaw enforcement officers are conducting patrols this summer in regional parks.
Patrols will be deployed on hot, sunny days at popular beaches and swimming areas in regional parks, including Elk and Beaver Lake, Island View Beach, Matheson Lake, Mount Work (Durrance Lake), Sooke Potholes, Thetis Lake and Witty’s Lagoon.
Bike patrols are also planned on the Galloping Goose, Lochside and E&N Rail Trail.
“Regional parks and trails receive more than 6.5 million visits each year and the majority of people are respectful of others and the natural areas. We appreciate the public’s assistance in keeping our parks safe and clean,” said Mike Walton, senior manager of CRD Regional Parks.
“The CRD also works closely with RCMP detachments and other agencies to increase the enforcement presence in regional parks and this strategy has helped to reduce bylaw violations and alcohol use in regional parks.”
Smoking, alcohol and fires are prohibited in regional parks. From June 1 to Sept. 15, dogs must be on a leash when passing through designated beach and picnic areas.
To report a park violation, please report it to CRD Regional Parks at 250-478-3344, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For serious incidents, please dial 911.