Parks Management Plans

With your help, the City is completing Park Management Plans for Latoria Creek Park and Havenwood Park. This plan will guide decision-making and amenity upgrades for park trails, connectivity, environmental conservation, park maintenance and more over the next 10 years.

Have Your Say:

Visit and review the Early Ideas Map and List which have been generated from community feedback received during the 2021 Parks & Recreation Master Plan, early input from stakeholders, discussion with City staff, and technical analysis of opportunities and constraints within each park. These early ideas will be refined through your input and further analysis.

There are separate questionnaires for Havenwood Park and Latoria Creek Park. Each questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Your input will be used to refine the early ideas and generate a draft concept plan and recommendations for each park in Fall 2022.

Click here to visit and complete a questionnaire now! 

Parks & Recreation Master Plan 

The City of Colwood's first Parks & Recreation Master Plan (PRMP) was adopted in April 2021. This plan will guide improvements to our parks over the next 10+ years by providing overall direction and guidance for managing parks and recreation resources, infrastructure, and investment. The PRMP is a strategic document that does not undertake detailed planning for each park or facility, but rather. provides recommendations for the entire parks and recreation system. This plan is intended to be a living document that grows with the community. Recommendations of the plan will be reviewed and adjusted annually to explore new opportunities and prioritize investments that reflect the needs and desires of the community. 

Vision Statement

Guiding Principles

The following six guiding principles support realization of the vision by providing a framework and specific goals for policies and actions. The guiding principles act as a 'checklist' for proposed improvements; if a proposed project meets these principles, it will support the vision and intent for the City of Colwood Parks and Recreation system. 

  • Celebrate Our Natural Character
  • Strengthen Our Connectivity
  • Protect + Enhance Our Environment
  • Encourage Our Community Health + Wellness
  • Nurture Our Partnerships
  • Promote Accessibility + Inclusiveness 

Click to view the full Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Parks and Trails

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.

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.

gravel trail through the woods with blue sky

Applegate Trail

Applegate Trail runs behind Dressler Road from Wishart Road to the Painter Trail. It's a great connection for students walking from the Wishart area to Royal Bay Secondary, as well as to the North Ridge Trail that winds its way up to Metchosin... read more

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.

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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 throughout Colwood and helps the City... read more

herm williams park pergolas green grass

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

peaceful lagoon

Lagoon West Park

Lagoon West Park is a natural area that sits on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon National Migratory Bird Sanctuary. 

It is known to be a culturally and archeologically significant site for Lekwungen speaking people of the... 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

meadow park green at twilight surrounded by homes with the mountains in the distance

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. 

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