The last storm that hit Southern Vancouver Island forced some parks to close their gates in an effort to keep residents safe and let nature take its course.
Goldstream Provincial Park was reopened after it closed over the weekend due to the river flooding over into the day use area. Water levels were still much higher than normal Wednesday but very few trails remained blocked off.
“It’s an active situation being assessed right now and will continue to be assessed. I mean the river had breached it’s banks and was flowing freely through the day use area, the picnic shelter, on trails, as well as into the parking lot,” says Craig Meding, West Coast Region Community Liaison Officer with BC Parks.
It’s the same story for a few trails in Sooke and one in Thetis Lake Regional Park after the storm left certain areas in rough shape.
Out in Saanich, the Lochside Regional Trail also had pooling water but regardless, Wednesday morning still saw high traffic.
“Staff are always monitoring weather statements and forecasts to try and anticipate any potential problem areas. Certainly we’re notified by partners, volunteers, etc. when there might be issues and we are prepared to mobilize and make closures if necessary,” adds Meding.
BC Parks confirmed Wednesday morning that all parks on the South Island were open, but it is urging residents who plan on heading out into the backcountry to be cautious.
The CRD is recommending visitors watch for falling branches, changing beach conditions and flooded sections. Also, avoid forested areas in high winds and stay away from the edge of creeks and rivers.
Watch for falling branches, changing beach conditions and flooded areas at regional parks and trails. Avoid forested areas in high winds and stay away from creek and river areas at this time. #crdParks #BCStorm https://t.co/oBNgCDXHh9 pic.twitter.com/N58ivGb1X0
— CRD (@crd_bc) November 30, 2021
For the latest updates on trail conditions and warnings, visit BC Parks’ website.
While it may seem the worst of the storm just missed the South Island, it’s possible conditions could deteriorate quickly if the weather takes a turn.