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Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Electoral Area D) Parks

Take in the area’s scenic views, bird life, fishing and flora.

Area D Recreation Opportunities

Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D) provides a treasure trove of community parks and nature reserves. Gentle trails alongside the Oyster River and viewing areas in the Shoreline Protection Park provide opportunities to take in the area’s rich bird life, fishing and flora amongst a scenic ocean and mountain backdrop. The community parks provide something for everyone: community gardening, playgrounds, walking trails, open space, sporting fields, outdoor fitness equipment, tennis and basketball courts. View all Area ‘D’ has to offer here: ​

Hagel Park

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D)
Category: Public Park
Amenities:

Hagel Park has something for everyone! A large playground and sandbox for toddlers and small children, tennis courts and outdoor adult fitness equipment, a full-sized field for a game of baseball, football, soccer or Ultimate Frisbee, and a 600 meter paved perimeter trail for walking or running.

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, bring your dog for a walk or just enjoy a picnic in the park – there are picnic tables, a covered picnic area for those rainy days, a drinking fountain and port-a-potty.

Links: Map

Maple Park

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D)
29 Anton Road, 4.4 acres
Category: Community Recreation
Amenities: Recreation field with backstop
History: After the school district closed Maple School, the then CSRD purchased the property and had the school deconstructed in 2005. The land will be maintained as a grass playing field until a development plan is completed.
Natural Features: Grass playing field with some mature DouglasFirs and Maple trees.
Links: Map

Maple Park Community Garden

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D)
Category: Public boat launch and parking
Amenities:

The Regional District was thrilled to open its first community garden in June 2015. We had a positive response from the community and a great first year in the garden – all 15 beds were planted and everything grew like crazy! A number of garden plots were also utilized throughout the winter season for winter harvest vegetables. Gardeners were very happy with the produce and we are looking forward to another great growing season.

The Regional District then expanded the garden and put in eight more beds of various sizes. Further installation of rain barrels to harvest rainwater from onsite surfaces will help with water conservation efforts.

Links: Map

Mitlenatch

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D)
Engles & Cambie Roads, 1 Acre
Category: Community Recreation
Amenities: Playground, benches and picnic tables
History: The original parcel was created at the time of subdivision (possibly in the 1097s). In 1993 a land exchange transferred the adjoining Lot 26 to add to the original park.
Natural Features: The park is accessible from Cambie or Engles Road with parking on the shoulder of the road. A trail connects the entrances. The park is relatively level with two grass mounds. The remnant second growth forest has been reduced to the east edge and includes Western Hemlock, Red Alder, Sitka Spruce, Salmonberry, Sword Fern and Red Osier Dogwood. The southeast corner is low lying and wet in the winter.
Links: Map

Oyster Bay Shoreline Protection Park

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D)
Category: Shoreline Protection Nature Park
Amenities: Waterfront, scenic views, picnic tables, viewing platform, rare plants, wildlife and toilets.
History:

Between the early 1930s and 1952 a relief camp and then a logging camp was located on the west side of the highway adjacent to the park.  A causeway and a breakwater was constructed (originally of old ships and later replaced with rock) to protect the booming operation.  The accretion, which resulted from the installation of the breakwater, forms the present park.

Proposals to build a yacht club and marina in the bay galvanized the public to lobby for the protection of the park as open space and a wildlife refuge.  The land was licensed to the then CSRD in 1992.

Pet leashing is required.

Natural Features: The park is a waterfront lot with a class I recreation beach. The accreted land (sand dunes) contains significant foreshore vegetation. The adjacent bay is a good feeding ground for water birds and the park is a good place for bird watching.
Links:  Map

Oyster River Nature Park

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area ‘D’)
Regent Road at Oyster River, 12 acres)
Category: Nature Park
Amenities: Waterfront, scenic views, forested trails, rare plants & wildlife, toilets, mountain biking, horseback riding and swimming
History: The park was Crown granted to the then CSRD in 1991. It is the location of two regional district’s well sites and a pumping station.
Natural Features: The park is a waterfront lot within the floodplain of the Oyster River. The Oyster River changes course periodically and much of the park is the previous location of the river and/or the ‘delta’ of the river. The banks are susceptible to erosion during high water. The forest has significant sized trees (especially Poplar) and significant wildflowers (e.g. white and pink Lily).
Links: Map

Oyster River Trails

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area ‘D’)
Salmon Point Road, 12.1 acres
Category: Community Nature
Amenities: Forested trails, rare plants and wildlife
History: The then CSRD purchased this property in 2005 to serve as a trailhead for the “pub to “pub” trail between Salmon Point and Oyster River Park. The previous owners had allowed the public to cross the property to access the Crown land to the south. Trail users should be aware that during winter and spring months flooding can effect the trail, making it impassable.
Natural Features: A number of introduced species dominate the park landscape including Gorse, Scotch Broom, Himalyan Blackberries, Lambs-quarters and Reed Canary Grass.
Links: Map

Storie Creek Park

Location: Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area ‘D’)
Storie Creek Road, 3 acres
Category: Community Nature
Amenities: Forested trails, rare plants and wildlife
History: The then CSRD purchased this property in 2005 to serve as a trailhead for the “pub to “pub” trail between Salmon Point and Oyster River Park. The previous owners had allowed the public to cross the property to access the Crown land to the south. Trail users should be aware that during winter and spring months flooding can effect the trail, making it impassable.
Natural Features: A number of introduced species dominate the park landscape including Gorse, Scotch Broom, Himalyan Blackberries, Lambs-quarters and Reed Canary Grass.
Links: Map