The proposed sharing of Victoria Bowmen’s outdoor range with BC Transit’s new HandyDart development is no longer possible. As a result, the Victoria Bowmen outdoor range (currently located at 2401 Burnside Rd. West) will need to be moved or closed down by the start of 2019.

A number of proposed relocation sites have already been recommended and are listed below. We welcome any member opinions or recommendations, as well as those from the public. You can leave a comment at the bottom of this page, or contact us through our online form.

If you are proposing a relocation site not listed below, please keep the following requirements in mind:

  • Lots must be +70m in length in order to enable full distance shooting plus space behind the shooting line.
  • Lots must not be currently in use by any conflicting owner or organization.
  • Ideal, but not necessary:
    • 24/7 access
    • Reasonable public transit access
    • Space for parking
    • Populated area (so as to avoid vandals and theft)
    • Cleared of trees

Thetis Lake Pistol Range

In July 2002, the CRD Board adopted the recommendations of the Thetis Lake Pistol Range Advisory Group that the site become naturalized parkland within Thetis Lake Regional Park. In 2010, the Regional Parks Committee discussed other options, including using the site for an archery range. At that time, the Town of View Royal passed a council resolution reminding the Regional Parks Committee of the Board approved recommendation to rehabilitate the site to its natural state.

At the direction of the CRD Board, the CRD has invested significant financial resources and effort to remediate the contaminated soils in the former pistol range and to restore the natural vegetation in the area, with the objective of returning that area to use as park land.  Use of the area as an archery range is not consistent with the objective of restoring this site to a natural state.

If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Brett Hudson
Manager, Planning, Resource Management and Development
Regional Parks
Capital Regional District

CRD Administrative Map

The Victoria CRD offers a useful public map service online that can show detailed information about land features and allotment. We highly recommend using it to examine proposed lots and before recommending any lots for club use. On the layer list, the following selections are relevant to lot assessment:

  • Administrative
  • Administrative > Land Management
  • Administrative > Encumbrances
  • Environmental / Natural Areas > Areas of Significance
  • Planning > Regional Growth Strategy
  • Water
  • Base Maps > Properties Imagery
  • Base Maps > 2015 Imagery

Click on the icon of a crossed wrench and screwdriver in the upper right corner of the map to open tools for printing, drawing, and measuring.

Map of Proposed Sites

The map below provides a list of proposed lots and shows the following features:

  • Red: The current outdoor range and its features.
  • Yellow: Potential range relocation sites.
  • Blue: CRD land parcels associated with proposed sites.

Related Documents

Below is a list of documents and images related to the range move and proposed sites.