Bears Active in a Number of Parks
Multiple bear sightings have been reported by residents around Wildwood Park and Seal Bay Park. It's that time of year when bears are actively foraging in many lowland areas. There have been some reports of bears entering out buildings to get at garbage and other food sources. Please use caution when enjoying the park trails, keep children within sight, keep dogs on leash to avoid being chased back to you, and do not leave bear attractants in your vehicles.
Spring Leash Laws in Effect to Help Protect Wildlife
Visitors to Seal Bay will be required to leash dogs until June 30th on all park trails. Spring leashing at Seal Bay corresponds with nesting and fawn season. Thanks for giving wildlife the space and safety to raise their young.
Keeping your dog on a leash means birds that nest on the ground and fledging birds learning to fly don't need to worry about your pet. Fawns are born late spring so keeping your dog on a leash helps keep newborns safe as they find their strength and ensures pregnant does are not chased by dogs enjoying a run about the trails. As one of the larger natural areas in the settled portion of the Comox Valley Seal Bay Park provides critical habitat for many wildlife species.
For more information on leashing requirements and enforcement in regional district parks visit our dogs and parks page.
Campfires and Parks
Campfires and beach fires are not permitted in the parks at this time. This includes beach fires at Goose Spit park. Fires are permitted inside fire places at picnic shelters at Joe Walker Park and Royston Seaside Park.
Contained barbeques and hibachis are permitted providing they are CSA or ULC approved as a portable campfire apparatus and the flame height does not exceed 15 centimeters or 6 inches.
Please remember that our parks protect all native plants, animals, and their homes. This includes rocks, sand, driftwood, and shells. Dumping of yard waste and fill in a park is unlawful, destructive to natural ecosystems, and expensive to clean up. Using park garbage cans for household waste or to get rid of large bags of garbage is also not permitted.
We are monitoring Eastern Grey Squirrels. Grey squirrels are an introduced species that may pose a threat to native squirrels and birds.
We are asking park visitors to report sightings to allow us to:
- map the current distribution
- determine the spread of these species
- determine if action is required to protect native species.
If you spot a big bushy squirrel please contact us:
Fill out our online form or call 250-334-6000 or toll-free: 1-800-331-6007