Cougar Roaming Forests along Royston to Cumberland Trail

Conservation officer has informed the CVRD that a cougar was sighted along the Royston to Cumberland Trail on the morning of July 23. Please take precautions when out hiking the trail. Cougars are secretive animals and are seldom seen by hikers but sightings are reported each year in CVRD parks.

If you encounter a cougar, keep calm. Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar. Pick up children and small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back- sudden movements may provoke an attack.

If you notice that a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.

If a cougar shows aggression, or begins following you, respond aggressively in all cases as cougars see you as a meal: keep eye contact, yell and make loud noises. Pick up nearby sticks, rocks, or whatever you have at hand to quickly to use as a weapon if necessary- crouch down as little as possible when picking things up off the ground. If the cougar attacks, fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area. Use rocks, sticks, bear spray, or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat, and are not prey.

Call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line (1-877-952-7277) to report the incident.

Construction Work Planned for Seal Bay Park 

Construction has started for a new parking area off Hardy Road to help address public safety concerns relating to the existing parking area. For more information visit the project page.

New Signs Coming Soon at Seal Bay Park

New wayfinding signs were the top request for improving visits to Seal Bay Park from park users during the recent management plan review. Shortly after the regional board adopted the new plan this spring staff developed a sign plan in partnership with the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN). Many of the trails are being renamed on the new signs which will include trail names in both English and traditional Ayajuthem. The new names reflect the plants and wildlife found in the park such as Salal Berry Place (t'akay pronounced Tuh-kie) and Huckleberry (t̓uxʷʊm pronounced Toe-kwum). While the signs are being designed and printed summer parks staff have started installing the cedar posts upon which the signs will be mounted. The new signs should begin appearing by late August. The regional district believes the new signs will make it easier for visitors to explore the park while gaining a better understanding of both the natural and cultural history of the forest around them.

Park Invasives

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