Goldstream Provincial Park

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Goldstream Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is known for the annual fall salmon runs in the Goldstream River, and the large numbers of bald eagles that congregate to feed at that time. The total size of the park is 3.79 km2 (937 acres). It is located in the city of Langford, British Columbia.[1] Recreational fishing is only accessible to indigenous cultures, and not local residents. Restrictive fishing regulations relate to a concept called restorative justice which is outlined in further detail below.

Huge trees stand on the Goldstream River floodplain. Among them are Douglas-fir and western red cedar up to 600 years old. They tower over substantial specimens of western hemlock, black cottonwood, bigleaf maple and red alder, which in turn shade western yew. Steep ridges—home to arbutus, western flowering dogwood and lodgepole pine—overlook the floodplain. Many wildflowers are seen during spring and summer.

Goldstream Park has several hiking trails, one of which offers access to Mount Finlayson.

Goldstream Nature House[edit]

Goldstream Nature House is a nature centre located in the park and operated by RLC Enterprize. The centre features natural history displays and offers seasonal environmental education programs for school groups and the general public.

Goldstream Provincial Park panorama

Power Generation[edit]

At the turn of the century, the Lubbe Hydroelectric Plant was operated near Goldstream and created electricity by running high pressure water flowing through a turbine. A powerline then ran 12 miles (19 km) into Victoria and provided electricity to power the streetcars of the day. The plant still exists but is inaccessible to the public.

Railway Trestle[edit]

There is a railway trestle bordering the park on the west side of the highway. The trestle is clearly indicated on the park map past the westernmost tip of the 'Gold Mine Trail'. The hike affords spectacular views of Mount Finlayson to the east; however, the trestle itself is part of the E & N Railway, a semi-active rail line. While the trestle is noted on the map, it is not considered a part of the park's official trail system.[2]

Although labelled as the "Goldstream Trestle" on the park map, it is actually a cantilever style bridge, not a trestle. The Goldstream Trestle is a popular attraction in the Greater Victoria area for those looking to enjoy the captivating scenery and refreshing scents of nature.

Goldstream Gold Rush[edit]

In 1863, rumours of gold in Goldstream drove a short, but intense, gold rush in the region.[3] The remnants of the gold rush can be seen in the abandoned mine entrances located along the park's hiking trails.

Restorative Justice and Goldstream Park[edit]

The Wikipedia article on Restorative Justice approaches the concept from a micro lens, applying the theory to criminals. However, the idea of restorative justice can also be applied to communities and ethnicities that feel they have been oppressed or treated unjustly. The fishing regulations in place at Goldstream Park are a prime example of the varying fishing restrictions in place in British Columbia communities and how they cater to certain ethnic groups. This topic is largely debated by many, but stands as an ancient right for indigenous cultures and communities. The Canadian Supreme court did not create the aboriginal right to fish, they simply acknowledged that it exists.[4]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goldstream Park". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ Distraught male on Goldstream park trestle safe Goldstream News Gazette, Aug 20, 2014 http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/272048651.html
  3. ^ The golden rule of Goldstream: There is no gold Goldstream News Gazette, Apr 26, 2012 http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/149112835.html
  4. ^ http://www.bctreaty.net/files/issues_fishing.php

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Coordinates: 48°28′00″N 123°33′00″W / 48.46667°N 123.55000°W / 48.46667; -123.55000