Who owns and manages the property?

    The BC Parks Foundation and local conservation groups, including the Save Estuary Lands Society and the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, led an effort to raise over $5 million in donations and contributions to acquire the French Creek Estuary lands.

    In July 2022, the property was purchased and is now co-owned by the BC Parks Foundation and the RDN. Through a long-term lease agreement, the RDN is responsible for managing the 23-acre property as a nature preserve to ensure its protection, restoration, and the community’s enjoyment of nature.

    What is a Management Plan?

    The management plan will guide the protection, restoration and community enjoyment of nature in the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve.

    The Management Plan describes the property as it is now, identifies challenges and sets out management directions for the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve.

    It identifies short, medium, and long-term actions for:

    • biodiversity
    • species at risk protection
    • ecological restoration
    • public access
    • education and research opportunities
    • invasive species management

    What is happening in the Nature Preserve while management planning is underway?

    Education and Research

    Scientists and volunteers are conducting baseline inventories and studies on plant and animal species iwthin the Preserve. This work provides valuable data to help guide the restoration of sensitive ecosystems and will continue through the delivery of the Management Plan.


    A number of trails have been closed due to risk from hazard trees and to help protect wildlife and limit the degradation of the sensitive ecosystems found within the Preserve. The trail network will be determined through the management planning process. 


    Hazard trees were removed that were at risk of falling across well-use trails and public roads.


    Restoration of an archaeologically sensitive area began in early 2023 with the removal of user-made bike jumps and installation of split rail fencing and a pedestrian gravel trail. Volunteers will complete the project by planting native species and adding bark mulch to the trail this fall.

    The removal of invasive plant species and habitat restoration activities have been paused while the management plan is being developed and will resume once the Plan is complete. 

    What kinds of operational vehicles will be using the trails in the Nature Preserve?

    Operational vehicle access on the Type 2 trails (dike trail & old driveway) typically includes park operations pickup trucks and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Access may also be necessary for construction equipment such as bobcats, mini excavators, dump trucks, and other machinery essential for restoration works.

    Operational vehicle access on the Type 3 trails may include All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

    Will pets be allowed in the Nature Preserve?

    Visitors are welcome to bring their pets, however, they must be leashed at all times.

    Can visitors walk on trails within the Nature Preserve?

    Yes, the Nature Preserve has a network of designated walking trails that provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and quiet appreciation of nature. Trails not identified as part of the official trail network will be decommissioned. Check out the Concept Plan.

    Is biking allowed in the Nature Preserve?

    No, high-impact activities such as cycling, motorized vehicle use, and mountain biking are not permitted due to their high potential for disturbing the natural environment.

    Can I continue to walk on the trail between Viking Way and the end of Admiral Tryon Blvd. along the eastern edge of the Nature Preserve?

    No, this trail crosses private property and will be closed. Trail closure notification and property boundary signage will be installed.