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Since 1959, the Cadboro Bay Residents Association (CBRA) has been informing, engaging, connecting, and advocating on behalf of the residents and business owners of Cadboro Bay. It is a grassroots community group established for the purpose of maintaining a strong, vibrant, active and positive community. CBRA exists to protect and enhance the quality of life for the residents and business owners within Cadboro Bay. CBRA strives to remain non-partisan and is committed to increase community involvement in issues that directly impact residents of Cadboro Bay.

Promote the character of Cadboro Bay based on harmony with the natural environment and our heritage values

Proactive engagement on topics that impact Cadboro Bay by creating and supporting community forums

Safeguard and enhance our rich urban forests, green spaces, parks and trails

Cadboro Bay in Numbers


estimated population, representing 3.6% of Saanich residents (2016)


kilometers of sandy beach + large iconic playground at at Cadboro-Gyro Park


parks spanning 25 hectares with trails through rich forest and access points to coves


square feet of commercial space in a charming village centre

Serving Cadboro Bay:

We interact with the District of Saanich and other appropriate government or jurisdictional authorities with respect to current and future requirements of the community, on behalf of residents and business owners.

Topics include:

  • Built Environment: Local Area Plan, Rezoning, Monitoring Development, Utilities.
  • Healthy Living: Parks, Trails, Green Spaces, Community Events, Emergency Preparedness.
  • Environment: Waterfront protection, Trees, Wildlife, Ecological Conservation and Restoration.
  • Transportation: Public Transit, Traffic Safety, Sidewalks Pedestrian Safety, Vehicle and Bike Parking.

We write with concern about the CBRA’s “urgent” request that Saanich Council remove or alter the 42-year May-through-August summer canine prohibition in Cadboro Bay Gyro Park.

For years, the spring-and-summer dog prohibition, while not universally obeyed, has been protecting children, families and the elderly from hazards associated with dogs. It has protected children on the iconic Caddy sculptures and in the recently-expanded playground.  It has also helped shield families and children in the picnic areas. It has helped to protect the elderly.  And it has minimized the amount of noise, barking in particular. It may have also protected against altercations between owners and irate park users, who otherwise would have been inconvenienced or offended by unwanted dog encounters. 

The CBRA has asked that the four-month prohibition be altered to allow leashed dogs to transit the park, to provide easier access to a short section of beach which has become immensely popular with dog walkers. It’s the East section of Cadboro Bay Beach,  also known as the “dog-beach”.

CBRA also cites a need for dog-walkers with limited mobility to avail themselves of the park’s hard pathways.  So they can enjoy the views and the park ambience while walking their pets. And apparently, also access the dog beach. A seemingly wonderful idea. We will only observe that the CBRA  offers no solid information on the number of mobility-challenged dog owners who want that privilege. An oversight, we are sure. Perhaps that could still be provided to Council.    And for this sector of the dog-walking community, there may be other solutions.

The  CBRA request was put forward despite the Federal Government’s current initiative to evaluate the impact of dogs on migratory birds at all the South Island Federal Bird sanctuaries, including Cadboro Bay. Which has included an invitation to Saanich to collaborate in protecting migratory birds. To assist in the endeavor, a Federally-commissioned report on the impact of dogs on wildlife in the Sanctuaries is nearing completion. Its release is imminent. This report and the policy that flows from it will have a major impact on dog control practices on Cadboro Bay’s beaches.

That ‘major impact’ will include a serious challenge to the continued use of the East beach as a ‘dog run’. Even the most conservative interpretation of existing Sanctuary regulations will require more stringent dog-control measures than at present. Wherein migratory birds, gulls and herons remain unprotected.  Those measures will render the East beach less attractive as a region-wide destination. Which in turn, and this is important, will reduce the demand for access to the East Beach, and eliminate the need to alter Park bylaws for it.  

We submit that the CBRA’s request to alter this long-standing bylaw is both untimely and unnecessary.  

Furthermore we fear that rather than alleviate tensions in the local community, Council’s compliance with this request will lead to further division. And result in more, not less conflict in Gyro park.

Sincerely, Barry and Lynda Curran  

“Dog-Beach” Days Coming to an End, Federal Report Imminent

On walks along Cadboro Beach I have been assaulted by dogs on numerous occasions. These usually take the form of dogs jumping and placing their paws on my person, walking besides me whilst barking threateningly or both. I will recount the last two events which occurred over the past 10 days.

Whilst walking along the beach in the vicinity of the stairs going up to the intersection of Cadboro Bay Road and Beach Drive, a large dog jumped up at me, I estimate its weight around 30-35 pounds. I asked the owner who was close by to remove his dog to which he replied “It’s only a puppy.” I replied that the dog should on a leash to which he replied that I “should find another beach.”

The second event occurred as I was returning to the beach in my kayak. As I was beaching the bow of the kayak onto the shore a very large dog stood at the bow and started barking at me. Needless to say I remained in my kayak. I called over to two individuals who had other dogs with them and were completely oblivious to what occurring. I called out asking whose dog it was and if it could be removed. One of these individuals told me “calm yourself” and came over to remove his dog. I was calm, his dog clearly wasn’t. These are just two of many such encounters.

Cadboro Bay and Gyro Park are very popular. Although a portion of the beach is off limits to dogs in the summer this rule is ignored. I have noticed dog excrement along the beach on several occasions during the summer on the area of the beach supposedly off limits.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control there are approximately 800,000 dog bites each year that require medical attention. The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program reported 1,237 incidences in 1996 where hospitalization was required as the result of injuries related to dogs.

Gyro Park and Cadboro Bay Beach are not suitable for off-leash dogs. I suggest that a parcel of land be set aside exclusively for dogs and their owners.

John Ainsworth

Assaulted by Dogs