Parks & Trails
Parks and Trails
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) is the quintessential West Coast outdoor playground. With oceans, rivers, and mountains running from peak to sea, there are amazing recreational opportunities for everyone. The ACRD is home to a wide array of world renowned and regionally significant destinations and natural assets like the West Coast Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino and Ucluelet, Bamfield, Mt. Arrowsmith, and the Alberni Inlet. The region's abundant forests, lakes, beaches, and mountains attract people from far and wide, year-round.
Reference DocumentsParks Services Annual Report 2021
The ACRD established its regional parks function in 1970. It operates five community park services: Beaver Creek Community Parks, Cherry Creek Community Parks, Sproat Lake Community Parks, Bamfield Community Parks, and Long Beach Community Parks.
Regional Parks can have a variety of roles, but their focus is on meeting the outdoor recreation needs of the region, contain regionally unique environmental features, as well as contribute to attracting tourism as a regional destination. Community parks are provided through local park services of individual electoral areas which focus on providing the local area outdoor recreation opportunities and promote a sense of community. They have been designed to serve nearby residents and are funded by the individual electoral areas in which they are located. The ACRD currently owns and/or operates six Regional Parks and 25 Community Parks.
Advisory community park commissions exist in Electoral Areas A (Bamfield) and D (Sproat Lake), both of these areas have popular multi-use neighbourhood parks. Sproat Lake also has a community trail system.Mission Statement
"The ACRD will work with all citizens to be good stewards of our environment and to provide safe and welcoming opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community."
- Operations/Service Levels - Park and trail user experience meets the needs and expectations of the community/parkshed
- Acquisition - Represent and protect an array of regionally significant natural and cultural areas
- Infrastructure - Build and maintain infrastructure to ensure safety and environmental sustainability
- Positive Impact - improve quality of life, promote healthy lifestyles, contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of the community and region
- Community Engagement - Engage the community to provide an opportunity for full participation to guide the development of the parks and trails, build community, volunteerism, and increase awareness.