West Vancouver creates major new park at popular Whyte Lake
Jun 5, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014, West Vancouver, BC — The people of West Vancouver and the entire Lower Mainland will soon have a new park to enjoy. Earlier this week, District of West Vancouver Council agreed to create and dedicate Whyte Lake and the Whyte Lake trail as a park. To be named Whyte Lake Park, its 120 hectares make it the largest park in West Vancouver. For comparison, the well-known Lighthouse Park has 75 hectares.
“This area is used and loved by many people already, and support for this area to be dedicated as a park was very strong,” says Mayor Michael Smith. “This is a major step forward with a key priority of this Council, which is renewing our community’s commitment to our natural environment and clearly directing projects and activities in our parks and our Upper Lands.”
The Council decision is the culmination of many years of work by many people and accomplishes a key recommendation of the District’s Parks Master Plan, approved in 2012. District of West Vancouver Councillor Trish Panz was the Council representative on the Parks Master Plan Working Group.
“Whyte Lake is a sanctuary that people visit daily. The struggle at Eagleridge Bluffs taught us to pay attention to what we took for granted,” says Panz. “It has taken ten years to get to where we are now, but today we can be proud of dedicating Whyte Lake as a park, in perpetuity.”
The area has high ecological values and includes stands of old growth and second growth forest, wetlands, creeks and the lake; it also captures a large portion of the Nelson Creek watershed. The lands surrounding Whyte Lake and the trail to Whyte Lake offer outstanding recreational opportunities highly valued by the West Vancouver community.
The new Whyte Lake Park will bridge Nelson Canyon Park to Cypress Provincial Park, creating a large and contiguous area of protected land supporting and enhancing the rich ecological values found there.
The park dedication bylaw for Whyte Lake will be brought forward to Council on June 16, 2014 for first reading.
The Whyte Lake Trail is accessed from Westport Road just south of the Upper Levels Highway at Nelson Canyon. There is also a trailhead closer to Horseshoe Bay at Exit #1. The trail follows the Trans Canada Trail route, diverges westward through old growth trees, follows Whyte Creek and ends at Whyte Lake. The six-kilometre round trip is considered to be a moderate degree of difficulty.
Notice to media: high-resolution images of this park are available.
Jeff McDonald, Communications Director
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