Jack Shark Park
- 90m recreational trail
Puntledge - Black Creek (Area 'C')
Access available from Bishop or Treherne roads
How to Get There
Deer and woodland birds
The vegetation is dominated by fairly evenly aged stands of second growth Douglas fir, estimated at 50 – 70 years old. There are also a few mature (100 yrs +) Douglas fir and Grand fir. The understorey is dominated by salal. Other common species are Oregon grape, sword fern, red huckleberry, Oregon beaked moss, step moss, lanky moss, polypore and jelly fungi. Big leaf maple grows in a few pockets.
Mark Krotter bequeathed the subject lands for “use and conservation only as natural parkland” in 2006. Mark requested in his will that the new park be called ‘Shark Park” in memory of his close friend and neighbour, Jack Shark. The Shark family lived across from Mark on Treherne Road.
Jack was born and raised in Austria and lived in Argentina and Tahiti before moving to Saskatchewan in the 1920s. He settled in the Comox Valley in 1948. Jack was a member of the Comox District Mountaineering Club for many years and built a number of popular trails in Strathcona Provincial Park. Shark Lake in Strathcona Park is named after him in recognition of his contributions. Jack died in 1999.