Park Charter

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The Charter of the park was established in 1992 with permission of the Council. It informs the public of its far origins and serving purpose.

“The lands known as Mount Douglas Park are hereby reserved in perpetuity for the protection and preservation of the natural environment for the inspiration, use and enjoyment of the public.

This land has been transferred by the Province of British Columbia to the Corporation of the District of Saanich on the condition that it be maintained and preserved as a public park.

With this charter, the spirit and intent of the original crown grant of 1889 is maintained while its scope is expanded to include within Mount Douglas Park all adjacent municipal parklands, present and future, so the whole will continue as a wilderness preserve for generations to come.

Proclaimed this 22nd day of November, 1992, by the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich on behalf of the citizens of Saanich.”


Sitting in the centre of the bowl, there is a compass pointing Mt Tolmie, Seattle, Vancouver and more. It not only tells you the direction, but also the distance.


A white radio tower is on the left as you drive into the parking lot. Whenever you see this white pole as you hike, you know you're not far from the top.

Douglas Fir Cones

As its name suggest, Mount Douglas park was established by Governor James Douglas in 1858, as a government reserve. Every footstep you take, is on a piece of land that has been home to the first nations for thousands of years already. To them, it was the “Hill of Cedars”. It was also originally named “pikuls” because of the glaciers once atop.

On the left, you can see the scratches on the smooth arbutus bark, of lovers and people who have once stepped foot on the mountain. Like the scratches in the bark, the mountain was once sanded out and carved by the glaciers, between 15,000 and 29,000 years ago.

Lighted Fir Trees

The park eventually was taken from the province to belong to the City of Victoria in 1889. 25 years ago (in 1992), Saanich began to manage the park even more. It grew 0.33 square kilometres and became a well-managed natural area for tourists and residents in the area alike.

We hope that this park will stay home to so many of the animals and plants who live here. Take some time out of your day to volunteer and protect the park!

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