After more than eight years of trying to persuade North Cowichan council to preserve the 52-acre Echo Heights Forest, a great compromise has been reached.
In June 2014, North Cowichan council voted in favour of preserving 91 per cent of the forest as park. Some years back, council was hoping to develop 50 per cent, so 91-per-cent-park is absolutely marvelous. The birds, bees and trees and all the living things that make up this forest will continue to impress us all with their beauty.
If you would like to visit the forest, there are two entrances: one on Echo Heights, and another at the top of Channel Boulevard in Chemainus. There is a wonderful network of trails. In May, the blue camas lilies blossom. You can see them just a few feet from the street at the Echo Heights entrance.
Thank you to everyone (a huge number of people) who contributed to saving this forest.