CRD Regional Parks signs license agreement with Sooke Bike Club

Thursday, December 2, 2021 – The District is sharing this information bulletin from the CRD:

The Capital Regional District (CRD) has signed a license agreement with the Sooke Bike Club to maintain existing, authorized mountain bike rated trails in Sea to Sea Regional Park in order to create a better quality mountain biking experience.

This license agreement aligns with the newly implemented Mountain Biking Guidelines which recognize that mountain biking groups play a key role in championing mountain biking etiquette and sanctioned trails, monitoring and advocating for safe and quality experiences, and celebrating the recreational community. The Guidelines were developed with the advice and guidance of the Mountain Biking Advisory Committee who also advocated for increased community involvement.

The Sooke Bike Club is a non-profit organization operating in the Sooke Hills region of Vancouver Island. Their mandate is to promote cycling and mountain biking in their community through fun events, the expansion and maintenance of trail networks, and advocating on behalf of their members. The Sooke Bike Club has a long standing connection to Sea to Sea Regional Park.

Sea to Sea Regional Park is the second largest CRD Regional Park. It is a wilderness area that encompasses almost 4,000 hectares. The trail network in Sea to Sea Regional Park was established through the park management planning process, which included stakeholder engagement. Mount Manuel Quimper, within the park, has mountain biking trails ranging from “Easy” to “Extremely Difficult.” The trails take advantage of natural rock formations which create exceptional technical features, from drops to jumps.  Although some trails are mountain biking only, much of this 57-kilometre network of trails is shared by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.

Any work done under this license agreement will align with the existing park management plan, honour land covenants and protect park values. Improved and monitored trails will help mitigate environmental impacts. Visitors can help promote responsible and safe use of these multi-use trails by practicing simple etiquette. For more information, visit the park page.