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Friends of Beacon Hill Park

The goal of Friends of Beacon Hill Park is "To Promote & Protect the Natural & Cultural History of Beacon Hill Park."

Beacon Hill Park was set aside as parkland by Governor Sir James Douglas before 1858.

The park is a historical treasure and one of the last refuges in Greater Victoria for some of the area's most delicate and endangered native plants and ecosystems.

The Garry Oak tree and the Garry Oak meadow are two prime examples of the plants and ecosystems that the Friends of Beacon Hill Park Society have been actively trying to preserve since our formation in July 1989.

Beacon Hill Park Trust Document: The Park Trust - 1882    More here:  About Us

UP DATE : The Appeal is being held on Monday, November 14th, commencing at about 9:50am and is expected to last two days. It is a public hearing and the courts have provided a video link so clients and the public can listen. Here is the link.

The Province is proceeding with its appeal to Justice Punnett’s Supreme Court opinion which supported the Friends of Beacon Hill Park (FBHP) position that under the terms of the 1882 Beacon Hill Park Trust, permanent sheltering that we saw through 2021 is not allowed.

The argument of the Province does not directly address the issue of the homeless sheltering in the Park in 2020 and 2021. In stead, the Province claims that Justice Punnett made an "error of law" in accepting that the Trust granted the Park to the City on terms that it be used for recreation and enjoyment of the public. Instead, the Province is claiming that the Trust is an "enactment" and that the term “for the use recreation and enjoyment of the public” must be interpreted in a way that gives homeless people some rights to live in the Park, overriding the terms set out in the 1882 Trust.

What this means in practice is that the Province or the City could do anything they want with the Park and citizens, the real beneficiaries of the Trust, would have no recourse to the courts. They could completely re-zone the Park, for example; they could turn the Park into “affordable housing” or supportive shelters, as well permit permanent sheltering, as was done by a City bylaw in 2020. The Province’s appeal has implications beyond Beacon Hill Park and would affect every park or Trust arrangement in the province.

Friends of Beacon Hill Park - BC Attorney General's Appeal (

big thank you to all our members and donors. We need your continued support to continue to defend Beacon Hill Park.

Beacon Hill Park History

This 24 chapter history book records park developments, habitat changes, events, and controversies during the 127 years of City control from 1842 through 2009.

      Introduction   Contents   Index

Chapter 1: year 1842  ~ James Douglas, Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, carefully examined the shoreline of southern Vancouver Island for the best location for a British settlement. The vast open meadows and grasslands of the Beacon Hill area were an impressive sight. Lush green native grasses grew tall over a six square mile area, colourfully mixed with Blue Camas and other native flowers     Read More...

Friends of Beacon Hill Park Magazine

Explore an eclectic collection of articles inspired by Beacon Hill Park.

Trending articles:

Camas Country ~ the amazing first nation's relationship with the camas plant.

Great Blue Herons of Beacon Hill ~ science, history, images, videos...

New articles added regularly:  Beacon Hill Park Magazine.

               Camas Plant

Ecosystems of Beacon Hill Park

This section of our web site provides a growing collection of articles "To Promote & Protect the Natural & Cultural History of Beacon Hill Park."

micro ecosystems, native plants and animals, references, links and more...

The Ecosystems of Beacon Hill Park

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