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CURRENT CLOSURES OR DIVERSIONS
MAPLE MOUNTAIN FOREST FIRE CLOSURES
August 17th, 2018 - 7:50am
All Maple Mountain access points are closed and all trails are closed on and will remain closed until at least September 4th.
Public access to Mount Richards re-opens effective today,
Friday, August 17th, 2018.
UPCOMING FORESTRY GATE CLOSURES
The recent and forecasted warm and dry weather has increased the forest fire hazard. In order to protect the Municipal Forest Reserve, the Mount Prevost, Mount Sicker, and Grace Road forestry gates will be locked as of 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 until further notice.
The areas will still be open for activities such as hiking and mountain biking, but there will be no motorized vehicle access. Overnight camping, campfires and fireworks are not permitted within the Municipal Forest Reserve.
The gate closure will continue until there is a significant drop in the Fire Hazard which will be assessed by the Forestry Department. Further updates will be posted here.
Shaun Mason, Municipal Forester
North Cowichan is home to a rich mix of flow, downhill, gravel and cross country trails for mountain biking mixed in with a myriad of hiking trails taking you to amazing vistas and vantage points among our Forest Reserves.
Our key hiking and mountain biking destinations include Maple Mountain, Mount Tzouhalem and Mount Prevost. Combine this with additional hiking and equestrian opportunities possible on Mount Richards and we have opportunities close to all residents.
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|Maple Mountain||Hiking, Mountain Biking, Equestrian||Located between Maple Bay and Crofton, Maple Mountain is a rich mountain for hiking, biking and equestrian. Great sanctioned trails and awesome vistas of the area.|
|Mount Tzouhalem||Hiking, Mountain Biking||Looking east from Duncan, Mount Tzouhalem (The "Tzou") is the landmark which offers trails to the Cross, vistas overlooking Cowichan Bay and a myriad of mountain biking and hiking trails.|
|Mount Richards||Hiking, Equestrian||Found across the road from the main access to Maple Mountain off of Osborne Bay Road. Mount Richards is home to great access for hikers and equestrian.|
|Mount Prevost||Hiking, Downhill Mountain Biking||Mount Prevost, rising out of the western viewscape in the Cowichan Valley, is home to another cross and is destined to be our hiking and downhill mountain biking home.|
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We are working on sanctioning trails (gps tracked, inspected and maintained) on a mountain by mountain basis. With that sanctioning, comes the posting of geo-referenced maps for each forest reserve. Timeline wise, we are approving Maple Mountainin in 2017, while we develop our wayfinding standards and test it in the field. Our future years are planned out as follows:
- 2018 - Mount Tzouhalem
- 2019 - Mount Prevost
- 2019 - Mount Richards
As a result, maps with sanctioned trails will only become available on a mountain by mountain basis as we move through and work on each mountains trail network.
Maps are available below for printing or uploading to an app that uses the geo-reference information. A common app being used is Avenza, which is downloadable via the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for your smartphone.
|Mountain||Geo Referenced Map Download Link||Original Maps|
|Maple Mountain||printable and geo referenced map [PDF - 252 KB]|
|Mount Tzouhalem||To be released in 2018||Click here [PDF - 463 KB]|
|Mount Prevost||To be released in 2019||Click here [PDF - 1.1 MB]|
|Mount Richards||To be released in 2019||Click here [PDF - 1.1 MB]|
|Mount Sicker||Currently not planned||mount sicker.pdf [PDF - 1.2 MB]|
Also find, online only, our old brochures for each of the mountain Forest Reserves along with Grace Road (along Chemainus River):
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