Keep up with the Parks Master Plan

With your help, we are creating our first Parks & Recreation Master Plan to guide the improvements for our parks over the next 10+ years.

The process started this spring with residents sharing ideas. That resulted in a series of options that were presented for public feedback in Phase 2.

The input received to date will guide the compilation of the Draft Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Stay tuned in December and January for the final phase (Phase 3) opportunities to review and comment on the Draft Plan.

You are helping to shape how our community grows, and the future changes and upgrades to our community’s parks, trails, and recreation programs.

This Phase 2 "Ideas Map" was generated from a combination of the Phase 1 community feedback, other City of Colwood Plans, and technical analysis of strengths and gaps in our existing parks and recreation system. Click the image to enlarge the map.

How will the plan come together?

We'll be developing the Parks and Recreation Master Plan with your help throughout the rest of 2020, as show in the process chart below.

We have just completed Phase 2. Thank you for sharing your feedback!

The final phase of the process will be a review of the draft master plan, stay tuned for this at the beginning of 2021.

Project Overview

The Colwood Parks and Recreation Master Plan will:

  • Develop a vision for the future of our City’s parks
  • Explore our community’s hopes, desires, and concerns for parks
  • Review and analyze our existing City parks system and recent achievements
  • Explore parks and recreation trends relevant to our City
  • Identify new projects for future consideration
  • Provide action plans to guide parks changes and improvements for the next 10+ years

In recent years, we’ve been busy in our parks:

  • Completing the “Spray & Play” area in Colwood Creek Park
  • Developing parks in Royal Bay including Meadow Park
  • Improving crosswalk connections at Havenwood Park
  • Installing pergolas at Herm Williams Park
  • Expanding our trail network
  • and more…

What’s does our Official Community Plan (OCP) say about parks?

Parks and natural areas are a defining part of our community. This is reflected in our Colwood OCP (2018) vision:

“Colwood is a spectacular seaside community set apart by its outstanding natural setting and exceptional quality of life. Nature is all around you in Colwood. Within minutes of stepping out your front door, you can be walking along the beach by the ocean, wandering down a shady trail though old growth forest, or enjoying the wide open natural green space of a local park.”

This importance of our parks and natural areas is further emphasized by the first two of seven goals in the OCP:

  • GOAL 1: The waterfront is a stewarded, world-class destination for residents and visitors alike.
  • GOAL 2: People and nature are exceptionally well-connected.

With over 50 parks and trails in the area ranging from neighbourhood green spaces to vast forested parks and trails, there are always opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

In 2020 Colwood will create a new Parks Master Plan. Watch for ways to get involved at!

The City of Colwood takes great pride in our parks, which make our City beautiful, promote healthy living options and provide gathering spaces that foster a sense of community. Read about Parks Maintenance in Colwood and get to know our beautiful parks below.

Bee Creek

Bee Creek is a small stream in Colwood that flows into Esquimalt Lagoon.

Its flow begins as groundwater seepage at the base of a rock escarpment, on federal land leased by Royal Roads University. The stream flows through young forest and... read more

Colwood Creek Park

Colwood Creek Park features wide open grassed areas great for picnics and outdoor play. There is a wonderful playground for the kids, including a spray park for cooling off on hot summer days, with a water fountain and washroom. A paved and... read more

Colwood Waterfront and Lagoon

The Colwood waterfront features miles of breathtaking ocean beachfront perfect for walks, beachcombing, sand castles and water play. Summer events with music and food make the beach in Colwood a wonderful gathering place for the community.

... read more

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Cycle, stroll, jog, in-line skate, walk the dog, push a stroller, even ride a horse along the Galloping Goose Trail. Formerly a railway line, the trail is a popular route for both commuting and recreation. It meanders through urban, rural and... read more

Havenwood Park

Havenwood Park is a beautiful 40 acre forested park with a network of well groomed hiking trails. The gorgeous setting of forest, ferns and wildflowers make it a favourite recreation spot for residents of Colwood.

There are two main trails... read more

Herm Williams Park

Herm Williams Park on Kelly Road has a lovely shaded playground surrounded by old growth trees and grassy play areas. In 2015, two large pergolas were added to the large level grassy area to provide a gathering place for small community events... read more

Latoria Creek Park

Latoria Creek Park is a beautiful forest setting with the creek babbling along beside the trail. It features well groomed trails with several bridges crossing the creek and sections of wooden stairs, which make it a great place for a peaceful... read more

Lookout Lake Park

Lookout Lake is one of Colwood’s hidden gems. Perched up high on Triangle Mountain, it’s a local favourite for swimming, picnics, hikes and shoreline fishing.

It's a lovely quiet spot for families who enjoy fishing. The lake is regularly... read more

royal bay park playground and homes

Meadow Park

Meadow Park in Royal Bay offers a children's natural play area, grassy picnic areas, a paved trail with two foot bridges crossing a landscaped rock stormwater channel, plus seating and lighting. 

The trail runs through the park and... read more

Ocean View Park

Ocean View Park is a favourite neighbourhood playground that has it all. Play structures, a basketball court, an open lawn area large enough for picnics and park games and well-groomed forested trails that are just long enough for any age to... read more

Outlook Park

Outlook Park is a nature park and trail between Delora Drive and Wishart Road. The trail meanders through the woods and rocky outcrops to a spectacular viewpoint just up from Delora Drive. A series of steps leads down from the lookout in either... read more

Perimeter Park

One of Colwood's most beautiful trails down to the oceanfront at Esquimalt Lagoon is the Perimeter Pathway. You will find it at the end of Gratton Road, which is a small street off Metchosin Road between Dunsmuir School and the Royal Bay... read more

Promenade Park

Wander along a network of well-groomed nature trails through this forested park in the heart of the upper Royal Bay neighbourhood. Get a birds eye view of Royal Bay, down to the ocean and across to the City of Victoria from the lookout platform... read more

royal bay north ridge trail sign

Royal Bay North Ridge Trail

The North Ridge Trail in Royal Bay connects the Painter Trail at Painter Road to Metchosin Road. The trail meanders through the trees and along the hillside behind Cotlow Road toward the height of Metchosin Road offering spectacular views across... read more

the lower royal beach park and seacan with painted octopus

Royal Beach Park

Visit the Royal Beach Park in Colwood for its oceanside playground, Olympic sized volleyball courts, spectacular ocean views, and access to the public waterfront that connects to Esquimalt Lagoon and Albert Head Lagoon.

You'll find the... read more

Royal Roads Forest

The vast forested grounds surrounding Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University run all the way from Colwood's city centre to Lagoon Road and reach from Esquimalt Lagoon up to Sooke Road. There are dozens of paths and trails that meander through... read more

West Shore Parks & Recreation

West Shore Parks and Recreation offers an outstanding variety of recreation and leisure opportunities, including a swimming pool, exercise facilities, ice rinks, a golf course, playing fields,... read more

WildPlay Element Park

WildPlay Element Parks in Colwood is the Westshore’s only tree-to-tree adventure course, providing a new way to experience the natural beauty of Colwood.

Zip, crawl, scramble, and climb through the Douglas fir canopy of the adventure ... read more