Bear Creek Nature Park

Park Features

Native tread trails, access road

Park Etiquette

Pet leashing required August to December in lower park only.

Trail Map

Check out how to explore this park [PDF - 706 KB]

Location

Puntledge - Black Creek (Area 'C')

Wildlife

Common park mammals include black-tail deer, black bear and beaver.  Along the river and wetlands watch for belted kingfisher, great blue heron, wood duck, hooded merganser and bufflehead duck.  Noted forest birds are the varied thrush and downy woodpecker.

Natural Features

The park contains approximately 1350 metres of frontage along the Oyster River, 4 km from it's the junction with the Georgia Strait.  Within the wetland/riparian habitat, big-leaf maple, black cottonwood, western hemlock, sitka spruce and western red cedar dominate the overstory and shade common shrubs namely salmonberry, snowberry, sword fern, elerberry and oregon grape. The Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) operates a fish hatchery for coho, chum, pink and chinook salmon along the river floodplain.  The upland forest is dominated by douglas-fir and red alder which shade vanilla leaf, sword fern and red huckleberry. 

The Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) operates a fish hatchery - for more information visit www.oysterriverenhancement.org

History

Qualicum Farms Ltd. purchased the property from the University of British Columbia in 2006.  In 2010, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), in partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and in conjunction with the land owner and other private parties, agreed to a combination of purchase and donation of the property.  The donation was certified as an Ecological gift under the Ecological Gifts program adminstered by Environment Canada.  Under the ecogift designation, the property must meet criteria of significant ecological value.  Bear Creek Nature park protects a portion of floodplain and wetland along the Oyster River whichs provides important habitat for fish and wildlife.  The upland second growth forest buffers the floodplain/wetland and the river.