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Central Vancouver Island Chapter

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The Central Vancouver Island (CVI) Chapter has approximately 50 members and serves the central part of Vancouver Island, with members from Victoria, Gabriola, Cowichan Valley, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Errington, and Coombs.

The CVI Chapter was formed in 2012, by a strong group of BCHBC enthusiasts that wanted to apply the BCHBC missions to the geographic area, particularly to ensure a voice towards the protection and development of equine access and horse trailer parking on public parks and trails.  This included collaboration and development of partnerships with the large Regional District of Nanaimo’s parks and trail strategies, North Cowichan Forest Land Management, Ministry of Forest’s Crown lands, local cycling groups, The Great Trail (previously Trans Canada Trail) and Cowichan Valley Trail management groups.

West of Nanaimo sits a large track of Crown land.  In keeping with the key initiatives, horse trailer parking was always an issue.  Members of this Chapter were able to apply for and secure a Section 56 agreement with Rec Sites and Trails BC to develop a public horse trailer parking area.  In 2014 the horse trailer parking area was completely cleared of all debris and broom.  This is a large area with a picnic site, 17 corrals, and 2 pit toilets, complemented by georeferenced trail maps of the area.

CVI Chapter has two horse trailer parking initiatives underway with the Regional District of Nanaimo – one located off Timberlands Road in the south and one located off Weigles Road in the north.  These are expected to be functional in 2021.

The CVI Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at a public location (guests welcome), with a 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. business meeting.  Our meeting location has a kitchen, washrooms, and a large area to host presentations.

CVI Chapter hosts rides, usually two scavenger hunt events annually, open to all – giving members and non-members an opportunity to participate in group rides.  

The core focus of this Chapter is to ensure collaboration, sharing of information and promotion of horse activities in support of the Provincial strategies.  We strongly advocate transparency with a public presence and sharing initiatives.  Our initiatives have been commended by local government agencies, who strongly support a local presence for ease of access.

We invite you to follow us at CVI Chapter Facebook for local information.

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