Updated January 7, 2020:
Added the latest information received from Transit (below:)
Please see the links below for the template letter from our friends at ‘Save Craigflower Creek‘, which will give you a template and a list of the politicians you can send it or something on your own. Please take a minute and send it off.
A foreword from our president, Al Wills: We licence our outdoor range from the BC Government. They own that land and have recently transferred it to BC Transit. While application by BC Transit to put a Handi-Dart parking/maintenance facility on the land was rejected by the View Royal Council it would appear the Provincial government will take steps to make it happen. As of September 25, 2019, we have been given a tentative deadline of June 2020 to vacate the property. This is going to be the best place to keep up with our plans, we hope to keep this page up-to-date with the latest accurate news on our situation.
Remember we always will have indoor shooting. If worst comes to worst and we lose that outdoor range we will be looking very hard and fast for a replacement outdoor range (we have some prospects that we hope to share soon) and would consider extending indoor range hours. I urge you to support the club by renewing your 2020 dues regardless of the outdoor range situation, with your support we can continue our search and work to keep archery alive and well in the Victoria area.
Remember, the Victoria Bowmen is a ‘full service’ archery club and we’ve been around for a long, long time and have weathered such storms before! We are still going to host the 2021 Canadian Championships and will still support our many club programs.
If we have to leave the present property and our search for a new property does not find anything suitable, the Board will consider partial membership fee refunds for those requesting them. A fair refund would account for the pro-rata time of year and pro-rata costs for running the club and the ranges. Unfortunately, the portion of fees for BCAA/AC insurance/membership cannot be refunded.
Please feel free to discuss with me and or any board member your questions or concerns or please attend our monthly board meetings to have yourself heard. We hope you will continue to support your club for another year, at least!
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.
- More information/news:
- January 2020 – information from Transit handyDART_Brochure
- and another brochure on their assistance to the salmon concerns: Save Craig Flower Creek Information
- Range_Letter_Template – Template including Addresses to send download, personalize send to one or more (or all) of the politicians.
- Times Colonist November 30 New View Royal Transit Facility Will Help Meet Growing Demand (opinion piece from the Transportation Minister) Nov 30 ’19
- Victoria Bowmen, Burnside Road Range Update 2019, September 14 (includes extensive background information from View Royal)
- Times Colonist, “In unusual move, B.C. overrules View Royal on land use”, September 14th
- Times Colonist, “After View Royal objects to handyDART facility, province offers benefits”, September 22
- Times Colonist, “Comment: Province’s override of View Royal council sets worrying precedent”, September 26th
- Goldstream Gazette, “View Royal archery club looking for new home after province moves in on property”, September 30
If you are proposing a relocation site, 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
For historical context, here is the final result of one of our searches:
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.
Manager, Planning, Resource Management and Development
Capital Regional District