Bear Creek Park - Notice June 21, 2019

The park has re-opened as the park entrance is now clear from the hazardous tree. Thanks for your patience and cooperation. 

 

Expect Higher Flows in Puntledge River on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 10 to July 11 

BC Hydro releasing extra water for summer Chinook migration and spawning flows

We are approaching the time of year for summer Chinook salmon to begin migrating up the river system.  BC Hydro will soon begin salmon migration flows to enable them to move up the Puntledge River from the generating station to the Puntledge River diversion dam, and ultimately through a fish ladder at the Comox Dam and into the Comox Lake reservoir and beyond.

There will be five, two-day releases, starting June 11 and 12, and then taking place each Tuesday and Wednesday until July 10.

Park users should be advised that from June 11 through to July 10, on each Tuesday and Wednesday, a public safety caution advisory is in place for Nymph Falls as flows will be more than double the normal rate. Temporary safety signage will also be in place.

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.

Seal Bay Park Trail Closure

The  CVRD has closed the new multi-use trail on the west side of Bates Road due to the dry ground conditions in the park. This new trail connects Bridges Trail to the Horse Bike Loop, crossing the Swamp Loop in two locations. The trail is topped with soils found nearby during construction. However, with very little rain in the past few weeks the trail isn't staying compacted and as it dries out the surface is becoming very loose. Rain would help the trail settle. Until there is a rainfall that saturates the forest floor this new connector for cyclists and horse riders will need to stay closed.

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