Features: 
Access road, Forested trails

Bear Creek Nature Park contains approximately 1,350 metres of frontage along the Oyster River, four kilometres from its confluence with Georgia Strait. Bear Creek Nature Park protects a portion of floodplain and wetland along the Oyster River that provides important habitat for fish and wildlife.  The upland second-growth forest buffers the floodplain/wetland and the river.

Location

  • 2700 Macaulay Road - Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C)

Bear Creek Nature Park Map

Features

  • Size:  65.2 ha (161 acres)
  • Native tread trails
  • The Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) operates a fish hatchery for coho, chum, pink and chinook salmon
  • Wildlife viewing (black-tail deer, back bear, beaver, belted kingfisher, great blue heron, wood duck, hooded merganser and bufflehead duck, varied thrush and downy woodpecker)
  • Native plants (big-leaf maple, Douglas fir, red alder, black cottonwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar, salmonberry, snowberry, sword fern, elderberry and Oregon grapes)
  • Access to Oyster river for swimming

Park Etiquette

  • Pet leashing is required from August to December in the lower park only

History

Qualicum Farms Ltd. purchased the Bear Creek Nature Park 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 administered by Environment Canada. Under the eco-gift designation, the Bear Creek Nature Park property must meet criteria of significant ecological value.