CRD Parks hosting hikes this weekend on West Shore

Highlands and Metchosin sites of hikes, difficulty levels vary

Looking for interesting ways to enjoy the outdoors on the West Shore? Try checking out one of the Capital Regional District Parks guided walks scheduled for this weekend in Highlands and Metchosin.

For tomorrow’s (April 18) event, The Healing Land, participants 18 and over are invited to hear about the rich storehouse of natural medicines that grow in the area around Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park.

Naturalist Joe Percival’s talk will focus on plants used by First Nations, European settlers and others. Meet at the nature centre off Metchosin Road just before 1 p.m.; the event runs until 2:30.

Sunday’s Up the Blooming Hill guided walk in Lone Tree Hill Regional Park, also set for 1 to 2:30 p.m., features spectacular views and is suitable for anyone age nine and up.

A CRD guide/naturalist will stop at points of interest along the way.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and a snack and wear good sturdy shoes.

Meeting place is the parking lot off Millstream Road, just past Caleb Pike Road.

People are asked to leave their pets at home for both events.

For inquiries contact CRD Regional Parks at 250-478-3344 or visit