This undeveloped natural area (30.635 hectares) bounded by residences, suburban streets, and the ocean on its eastern boundary provides an excellent example of Garry Oak meadow and associated ecosystems. The park has one of the greatest concentrations of rare plant species in all of Canada. The park has well-used informal trails, boat launch ramps, a manicured area with a War Memorial, a scenic waterfront drive and parking area, benches and picnic tables.
Uplands Park is valued as a beautiful natural area providing enjoyment of magnificent water views in unique natural surroundings, where remnants of the original Garry Oak meadow ecosystem flourish and evolve, which provide opportunities for outdoor experiences that foster enjoyment, appreciation, and respect for the environment. The park’s natural attributes create educational opportunities for learning about its natural landscape, plants, animals, and history.
Also visit: Friends of Uplands Park
There are no restrictions on dogs at the Cattle Point side of the park (on the east side of Beach Drive) however; restrictions apply in the rest of the park. Dogs are allowed off leash during January to March, and July to December. Dogs must be under full control (on leash) of a competent person April to June.
With the exception of personal assistance devices, wheeled apparatus are allowed only on paved roadways and sidewalks in the park.
Uplands Park Ecosystem Restoration
Uplands Park is home to one of the finest examples of Garry Oak woodlands and meadows in our region and contains one of the highest concentrations of endangered species in Canada. The biggest threat to this ecosystem is from invasive plants. In response, Oak Bay Parks is working with federal and community partners on a multi-year project to restore and protect this precious piece of biodiversity.
For the next week, we are currently will be removing invasive exotic species of trees from the Garry Oak woodlands in this section of the park. If left unchecked, these exotic species of tree will continue to spread and outcompete our native trees and eventually destroy the natural habitat convert the park’s flower meadows to closed woodlands of exotic species.
If you have any questions, please contact the Oak Bay Parks Department at 250-592-7275.