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The Admiral's Forest

A new 58-acre community park in Otter Point is almost a reality but we need your help (more about the help shortly). This new park, informally called the Admiral's Forest, is part of a wildlife corridor from the hills to the ocean and will be an ideal place for the community to enjoy nature. It already has a number of trails ideal for walking and horse riding.

The JDFEA Parks and Recreation Commission has an option to buy the land but it has limited funds. To bridge this funding gap, the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society needs to raise $120,000. We are currently collecting pledges. As of May 22 we have received pledges of $104,000. Once the purchase is assured, those who pledged will receive an email detailing how to make their donation. Since the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society does not have charitable status, we are working with another organization to provide a charitable tax receipt, most likely The Land Conservancy.

Please help us over the top by sending a pledge via email to JdF.CTS@gmail.com.

A Brief History of the Admiral's Forest

Retired Rear Admiral John Alexander Charles and his wife Mary purchased 130 acres of logged forest in Otter Point in the 1960's. They saw the potential to regenerate the forest, planting and nurturing trees to bring the land back to being a diverse eco system. Early on, the Admiral split the property into two lots giving the northern 58 acres to his eldest son John. Together they built a system of trails and invited their neighbours and friends to ride horses and walk in the maturing forest. The trails are named after his children and grandchildren.

When the Admiral passed away in 2010, his younger son Michael bought the larger lot (72 acres) from the estate. John has kept his 58 acres of forest intact and largely undisturbed, but the time has come for him to sell. Honouring his father, John would like his lot to become a park and he has offered his lot for sale to the CRD Regional Parks system. The CRD has determined that it is well suited to become a community park under the jurisdiction of the Juan de Fuca Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission which becomes responsible for its purchase and maintenance.

Trails in the Admiral's Forest
Trails in the Admiral's Forest
 

The Admiral's Forest

Existing trail in the Admiral's Forest
A new 58‑acre community park in Otter Point is almost a reality but we need your help (more about the help shortly). This new park, informally called the Admiral's Forest, is part of a wildlife corridor from the hills to the ocean and will be an ideal place for the community to enjoy nature. It already has a number of trails ideal for walking and horse riding.

Existing trail in the Admiral's Forest
The JDFEA Parks and Rec Commission has an option to buy the land but it has limited funds. To bridge this funding gap, the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society needs to raise $120,000. We are currently collecting pledges. As of May 22 we have received pledges of $104,000. Once the purchase is assured, those who pledged will receive an email detailing how to make their donation. Since the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society does not have charitable status, we are working with another organization to provide a charitable tax receipt, most likely The Land Conservancy.

Please help us over the top by sending a pledge via email to JdF.CTS@gmail.com.


A Brief History of the Admiral's Forest

Retired Rear Admiral John Alexander Charles and his wife Mary purchased 130 acres of logged forest in Otter Point in the 1960's. They saw the potential to regenerate the forest, planting and nurturing trees to bring the land back to being a diverse eco system. Early on, the Admiral split the property into two lots giving the northern 58 acres to his eldest son John. Together they built a system of trails and invited their neighbours and friends to ride horses and walk in the maturing forest. The trails are named after his children and grandchildren.

Existing trail in the Admiral's Forest
When the Admiral passed away in 2010, his younger son Michael bought the larger lot (72 acres) from the estate. John has kept his 58 acres of forest intact and largely undisturbed, but the time has come for him to sell. Honouring his father, John would like his lot to become a park and he has offered his lot for sale to the CRD Regional Parks system. The CRD has determined that it is well suited to become a community park under the jurisdiction of the Juan de Fuca Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission which becomes responsible for its purchase and maintenance.


Existing trail in the Admiral's Forest