Parks & Public Spaces

North Cowichan offers more than 71 diverse parks and 244 hectares to visit. From large destination parks to small neighbourhood spaces, North Cowichan’s parks offer playgrounds, dog off-leash parks, skate parks, sports courts, water/beach access, and picnic areas.

Check the tables below for “Water Access Park” and be on the lookout for blue ocean access signs around our oceans and lakes.

Park safety 

While enjoying the parks, please respect the following:

  • All pets must be leashed (unless otherwise posted) and cleaned up after.  
  • Stay on designated trails or pathways. 
  • Use litter bins.  
  • Treat wildlife with respect and never approach.
  • Leave all natural materials in place as is (includes trees, flowers and plants).

For situations that pose an immediate risk to property, public health or safety, call 911.  

Special event bookings

Planning an event, gathering or outing? Park use permits are required for large formal activities or for businesses looking to conduct activities within our parks.  For larger events that involve more than parks, please see our Special Events Planning page.

Contact our parks department at 250-746-3169 or parksrec@northcowichan.ca to check availability and to reserve your space.  

Respectful spaces 

The Respectful Spaces Bylaw ensures that our parks and recreational facilities provide a safe and inclusive environment for people to enjoy. Residents and visitors alike have the right to be free of harassment, bullying, intimidation, violence and discrimination while visiting these areas and are to be treated with mutual respect and dignity. 

If a violation is observed regarding this bylaw when using our parks, please contact the bylaw department at 250-746-3108 or email bylaw@northcowichan.ca.

Play Kits

Looking for something to do at a park? Borrow a Play Kit from Fuller Lake Arena to get active! Inside each kit is a diverse selection of equipment to help you have fun.  Sponsored by Play Cowichan and Island Savings Credit Union. 

For more info email recreation@northcowichan.ca 

Community parks

Chemainus

Featured ParksType
Askew Creek ParkNatural Area
Caswell Street PlaygroundPlayground
Chemainus Lake ParkOff-leash Dog Park
Chemainus River ParkCommunity Park & Water Access
Cook Beach ParkWater Access Park
Daniel Street Park Water Access Park 
Fuller Lake Park (partially accessible)Destination Park 
Fuller Lake Pickleball CourtsPickle Ball & Tennis Courts
Gerry Smith Park Public Plaza
Humbird Street Park (corner of Cook and Humbird St.)Neighbourhood Park 
Kinsmen Beach Park Playground & Water Access
Waterwheel Park (accessible)Public Plaza
Wu'laam ParkNatural Area

Crofton 

Featured ParksType
Crofton Beach Park  Community Park
Crofton Museum Park  Community Park with Playground
Crofton Outdoor Pool/Courts Recreation Facility
Crofton Seawalk (accessible)  Destination Park
Gerry Hurst Memorial Skate Park  Skate Park 

Maple Bay

Featured ParksType
Andy Hutchins Park  Off-leash Dog Park/Pickle Ball & Tennis Courts 
Art Mann Park (accessible) 
SERVICE NOTICE: playground will be closed June 26, 2024 until early August for the installation of a new playground structure.
Community Park (playground & lake access) 
Maple Bay Beach Park  Water Access Park  
Maple Mountain TrailsHiking and Mountain Bike Trails
Sterling Ridge Park (accessible) Neighbourhood Park/Water Access Park  
Trumpeter Point Park Water Access Park  

 South End

Featured ParksType
Alan Wilson Park  Neighbourhood Park  
Carmel Drive Park  Playground 
Evans Park  Sports Field/Park  
Fairview Park  Neighbourhood Park  
Herons Wood Park  Natural Area/Neighborhood Park  
Kin Park  Community Park
Marsh Road Park Neighbourhood Park
Mayo Park  Neighbourhood Park  
Moorefield Park  Neighbourhood Park  
Rock Ridge Park  Neighbourhood Park
Sherman Road Park (accessible)Sports Field/Park  
Somenos Creek Dog Park  Off-leash Dog Park  
Somenos Marsh Classroom (accessible) Boardwalk  
S’amunu Trail (accessible)  Trail  

Regional parks

The Cowichan Valley Regional District also maintains a number of parks and trails in North Cowichan. Find a regional park near you at cvrd.ca