Our mission is to advocate for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Cedar Hill Park as a green and diverse natural environment that exists for the enjoyment and health of present and future generations.
Cedar Hill Park is our beautiful local public park located at the border between the City of Victoria and the Municipality of Saanich. Please see Our Park here for more information.
A brief history from First Nations use of the land to recent events is presented on our Park History page here.
The Friends of Cedar Hill Park was formed by neighbours in 2006 to maintain the natural areas of the Park. The “Friends” became a Society in 2014 to expand membership and preservation activities. For more information please see Our Society page here.
Please join us! Our membership information and application form can be printed here.
CEDAR HILL PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN BEING FINALIZED - March 2020:
Saanich draft plan can be found here.
Our response can be found here.
Summary: Although the Draft Cedar Hill Park Management Plan (DMP) focusses on the periphery of the park, we see the whole park, including the golf course, as integrated. The park has a rich bird, insect, animal, and plant life and provides important habitat and wildlife corridors. These values must be protected and should be central to the Park Management Plan. The DMP should focus on restoration and enhancement of natural and green areas in line with the environmental sustainability focus of many of Saanich’s guiding documents.
We suggest that, before the implementation of any of the goals, Saanich undertake ecological assessments to ensure there will be no negative impact on the plant, insect and animal life in the park.
One more urgent reason we need to speed up native tree planting! See images below:
All Saanich Parks volunteer activities are suspended until further notice! March 19, 2020 https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/news-events/covid-19-information.html
CANCELLED due to Covid-19: ON SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020 we will be planting at the restoration area on the East side of the park, by our trail sign. Come and join us!
"In a time when, all over the world, we are homogenizing our environments and species, and suppressing their differences, we need to recognize and celebrate the species that exemplify a place and its history. Cedar Hill Park is a Saanich treasure, both typical of past landscapes of southern Vancouver Island, and unique in its location, configuration and particular combination of species, watersheds and history. Its more natural areas with its giant oaks, native shrubs and camas meadows are particularly precious and will be even more so for future generations. Their maintenance should be undertaken with care, understanding and sensitivity, in order to retain and promote as many of the park’s native plants and habitats as possible."
Nancy Turner, 2017
We acknowledge that the District of Saanich lies within the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Lay-kwung-gen) peoples known today as Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and the WSÁNEĆ (weh-saanich) peoples known today as W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations
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