Natural Areas Trails Strategy
We're developing a Natural Areas Trails Strategy to guide the planning and management of recreation trails across natural areas managed by the District.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on the draft strategy, from September 11 to October 2, 2023.
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September 11 to October 2, 2023 — Public engagement
Thank you to all who shared their input by taking our online survey. We developed the draft strategy based on the key themes that we heard during the first engagement in Spring 2022 along with background research and best practices.
Spring 2022 — Community input
Thank you for taking our survey and sharing your perspectives to help us shape the future of trails in natural areas. Your input will be considered along with our background research and analysis for this project.
Phase 1: We engaged the community to learn more about key community values, ideas, and opportunities for planning and managing natural area trails in the District.
Phase 2: We considered key themes we hear through the initial engagement – along with background research and best practices analysis – to help us develop the draft strategy. We are engaging the community to listen to input on the draft strategy.
Phase 3: The strategy will be presented to Council for consideration. If Council approves the strategy, we anticipate starting to implement the short term actions identified in the strategy, including development of local area trails plan for Seymour area. We anticipate further opportunities for engagement during the area trails planning process.
The District manages one of the largest areas of municipal parkland of the municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region. Part of District parkland includes large natural areas of mountainside forests, creeks, rivers valleys, and canyons.
The District’s natural areas trail network is a valued asset within the community for a wide variety of outdoor recreation, social, and health and well-being interests.
The District’s goal is to apply an active and adaptive management approach to its natural areas that balances recreational uses with environmental protection.
The Official Community Plan (2011) contains objectives for natural parkland that include protecting environmentally sensitive lands, habitats and wildlife, and providing trail opportunities for walking, hiking and cycling.
The Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan (2012) provides direction to balance environmental protection with recreational management for the District’s natural areas.
The map below generally shows the natural areas managed by the District and identifies the study area for the Natural Areas Trails Strategy: Fromme, Lynn Canyon, and Seymour. It is approximately 1,950 hectares. These areas are not continuous as there are several land managers of natural areas in the District.
Fromme: The Fromme area is north of neighbourhoods around Mosquito Creek to upper Lynn Valley. It borders on Metro Vancouver’s Lynn Headwaters Regional Park to the east.
Lynn Canyon: The Lynn Canyon area includes Lynn Canyon Park, which is west of the Lynn Valley neighbourhood and borders on Metro Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve to the east.
Seymour: Natural areas in Seymour managed by the District include north of the Blueridge neighbourhood between Metro Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve to the west and CMHC Federal land to the east; the mountain forest area between CMHC (Federal) land to the west and Mount Seymour Provincial Park to the east; adjacent to the Deep Cove and Indian Arm neighbourhoods.