The Churchill Drive gate in Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the B.C. Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

The Churchill Drive gate in Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the B.C. Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich closes Mount Doug to vehicle traffic over long weekend due to snow, increased pedestrian use

Park-users reminded to avoid illegally parking on road edges, use designated lots

With a snowstorm brewing and the B.C. Family Day long weekend approaching, Saanich opted to closed Mount Douglas Park to vehicle traffic and is reminding visitors to park in designated lots.

Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for Greater Victoria and with up to 25 cm of snow expected this weekend, parks staff decided to close the gate up Churchill Drive to Mount Douglas Park on Friday (Feb. 12) to prevent drivers from dealing with icy conditions.

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As with most long weekends, the gate will remain closed through B.C. Family Day on Feb. 15 and reopen on Feb. 16 during the park’s regular hours of noon to 11 p.m.

The closure increases safety for pedestrians as there are often more visitors on foot over long weekends.

Saanich is also reminding park users to avoid parking illegally on road edges. If the lot on Churchill Drive is full, drivers can leave their vehicles in the beach parking lot down the street off Cordova Bay Road.


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