Recreation

Safety concerns are being raised about this section of the Cowichan Valley Trail over Bings Creek that was washed out in the atmospheric river event in November, 2021. (Gary McLellan photo)

Washout on Cowichan Valley Trail raises safety concerns

CVRD says it’s working to fix it

 

Lake Life. Lia Crowe photography

To the lake!

Okanagan Lake is the heart of summer life in the Okanagan Valley

  • Aug 26, 2022

 

North Cowichan would see its costs of running the Cowichan Aquatic Centre (pictured) significantly decrease if the referendum for a new funding model for recreational facilities that will be held on Oct. 15 passes, but the municipality would pay more for other facilities. (File photo)

North Cowichan would save about $710,000 per year if recreation referendum passes

CVRD looking to switch to a usage-based funding model for recreation facilities

 

Cowichan voters will vote in a referendum during the municipal elections on Oct. 15 in which they will be asked if they want to switch to a user-based funding model for nine significant recreational facilities in the region, including the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (pictured). (File photo)
Cowichan voters will vote in a referendum during the municipal elections on Oct. 15 in which they will be asked if they want to switch to a user-based funding model for nine significant recreational facilities in the region, including the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (pictured). (File photo)
Families living around Cowichan Lake, and even those who travel to the area for recreation take note: there are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Swimmers take note: There are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

No lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou

Recruitment efforts unsuccessful

Families living around Cowichan Lake, and even those who travel to the area for recreation take note: there are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Swimmers take note: There are no lifeguards at Arbutus Park in Youbou this year. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Cowichan Lake Sports Arena to get new fitness studio. (File photo)

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena to get new fitness studio

The 1,305 sq. ft. facility will have a wide range of equipment

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena to get new fitness studio. (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley Regional District has yet to receive any applications from West Shore Motorsports Park to move its operations to the Shawnigan Lake area. (File photo)

No application for motorsports park in Shawnigan Lake to date

West Shore Motorsports Park considering four locations; two in Shawnigan Lake

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has yet to receive any applications from West Shore Motorsports Park to move its operations to the Shawnigan Lake area. (File photo)
The Cowichan Aquatic Centre will be closed for periods in June for annual maintenance. (File photo)

Annual maintenance at Cowichan Aquatic Centre to be done in June

Work expected to be completed by July 3

  • Jun 1, 2022
The Cowichan Aquatic Centre will be closed for periods in June for annual maintenance. (File photo)
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  • May 30, 2022
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The Cowichan Lake Sports Arena was one of nine significant recreation facilities in the CVRD that were part of a study to determine a more equitable funding formula for the facilities in the district. (Gazette file)
The Cowichan Lake Sports Arena was one of nine significant recreation facilities in the CVRD that were part of a study to determine a more equitable funding formula for the facilities in the district. (Gazette file)
A new non-profit, Exploration Diving Society of B.C., has been formed, seeking to promote diving and exploration. (Eiko Jones photo)

Vancouver Island divers enter uncharted waters as part of new society

Exploration Diving Society of B.C. seeks to promote diving and exploration

A new non-profit, Exploration Diving Society of B.C., has been formed, seeking to promote diving and exploration. (Eiko Jones photo)
The ball fields at Saltair’s Centennial Park. (Photo submitted)

Saltair Slo-Pitch League given Special Events Permit after all

Regional district board votes in favour of allowing use of Saltair fields

The ball fields at Saltair’s Centennial Park. (Photo submitted)
The Anya’s Journey Foundation will build a new $500,000 accessible playground for all ages at Fuller Lake Park. (File photo)

New $500,000 accessible playground approved for Fuller Lake Park

New non-profit society will pay for project

The Anya’s Journey Foundation will build a new $500,000 accessible playground for all ages at Fuller Lake Park. (File photo)
The Cowichan Sportsplex (pictured) is one of nine recreational centres in the Cowichan region that are undertaking facility-usage studies to assist in the creation of a new equitable funding model for the facilities. (File photo)

CVRD to put funding formula for its recreation centres to a referendum

District in the process of developing a new equitable funding model for facilities

The Cowichan Sportsplex (pictured) is one of nine recreational centres in the Cowichan region that are undertaking facility-usage studies to assist in the creation of a new equitable funding model for the facilities. (File photo)
CVRD closes a number of parks and trails after record-breaking rainfall on Nov. 15. (File photo)

CVRD closes some parks and trails after record rainfall

Urges caution in those that remain open

  • Nov 23, 2021
CVRD closes a number of parks and trails after record-breaking rainfall on Nov. 15. (File photo)
Work is expected to begin on the roof project at Cowichan Aquatic Centre in 2022. (File photo)

No grant money for roof project at Cowichan Aquatic Centre

$1.6-million project will mostly paid for from North Cowichan reserve funds

Work is expected to begin on the roof project at Cowichan Aquatic Centre in 2022. (File photo)
A new trail along the E&N rail corridor that is in the planning stages next to Shawnigan Lake is being opposed by a group in the community. (File photo)

Plans for Shawnigan trail draw opposition

Pathway would be constructed along E&N Trail adjacent to lake

A new trail along the E&N rail corridor that is in the planning stages next to Shawnigan Lake is being opposed by a group in the community. (File photo)
The City of Duncan wants to hear from the public before deciding on the future of the cob oven in Centennial Park. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

City of Duncan wants to hear from public on cob oven

Centennial Park facility not used in a year

The City of Duncan wants to hear from the public before deciding on the future of the cob oven in Centennial Park. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Fishing licences came available for sale Thursday, April 1, and the federal government has introduced a new tool to help anglers – those who are required – to record their catches. (Black Press Media files)

New digital recording tool available for fishing licence sales in B.C.

Anglers can now use an ‘easy’ online system to take note of fish they have caught, as per DFO rules

Fishing licences came available for sale Thursday, April 1, and the federal government has introduced a new tool to help anglers – those who are required – to record their catches. (Black Press Media files)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)