Parks and Trails
FOCI has been blazing trails, creating maps, and building parks for nearly two decades. These efforts began as a grassroots initiative by local citizens who loved exploring the forests, shores, and wilderness of Cortes.
FOCI maintains several of the island’s regional parks and trails, in partnership with the Strathcona Regional District. Our maintenance contract includes K’was Park, Carrington Bay Park, Siskin Forest Park and Trails, Whale’s Rest Park, and the Gnat, Hayes, Moon, and Seascape beach access trails. Through our stewardship work, we strive to keep local ecosystems intact while ensuring that trails are accessible and well maintained. This work helps foster the long-term educational and recreational benefits that these wilderness areas provide.
By creating, maintaining and promoting recreational trails, we aim to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for people living in our community. We also organize nature walks and other educational activities to increase people’s enjoyment and understanding of our parks and wildlife.
We work with volunteers to help maintain our parks and trails, organizing volunteer workdays where local people can come and help out look after their local parks and trails.
Producing maps is an important part of our trail stewardship program. In 2013 we produced a new trail map of Cortes, to help both visitors and residents get out and explore the island. As well as highlighting the different trails around island, the map identifies interesting viewpoints, beach assesses, and historical sites. These maps can be purchased at the FOCI office or at any of the island stores.
If you would like to volunteer to help maintain our parks and trails, please contact us at the FOCI office to get involved.
Join Friends of Cortes Island
Become a member and support the work we are doing in the community to help look after our beautiful island
Friends of Cortes Island Society (FOCI) is a charitable organization that has been active for over 25 years. Our organization exists to monitor and preserve the health of local ecosystems, and to provide educational programs that foster a greater understanding of the natural environment. Through all of our projects, we work to promote environmental integrity through community responsibility.