Cecelia Ravine

Cecelia Ravine Park is the largest park in the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood. The park provides a variety of recreational opportunities, along with one of the largest natural areas in the City park system.

In May 2018, Council approved the Cecelia Ravine Park Improvement Plan to provide the residents of this community with a high-quality park expansion that is accessible, inclusive and aligns with the priorities of recent City policies. The Plan consists of both new and improved elements including: 

  • A larger, more accessible, playground;
  • Community gathering areas, picnic facilities and open green space;
  • An improved outdoor fitness area;
  • A new parking lot for vehicles;  
  • Enhanced furnishings, including bike racks, shade structure, pathway lighting, and seating; 
  • New public washroom; 
  • An upgraded, accessible pathway connecting the western area of the park to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and eastern area of Cecelia Ravine Park; and,
  • Enhanced tree canopy coverage and native planting areas

Staff will complete the necessary detailed design work and prepare for construction to commence in the summer of 2018. The Plan is anticipated to be implemented by the end of 2018.

Click here to read the report that was presented to Council at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Thursday May 3. 


In 2016, the City of Victoria purchased new properties to add an additional 0.22 hectares  (0.5 acres) of parkland to Cecelia Ravine Park, providing the opportunity to add new or improved amenities to this park. 

Phase 1 Engagement: Through July and August, we asked for your thoughts on possible improvements for the new park land and other future park improvements.

Phase 2 Engagement: Community feedback from Phase 1 helped inform the Proposed Park Improvements shown below. The Proposed Park Improvements Info Kit provides all of the details.

Engagement Summary: Thank you for your feedback in 2017. Read the Phase 1 and Phase 2 engagement summary here. [PDF - 1.6 MB].

Next Steps:
  The next step is to take the engagement summary and a draft improvement plan to Council in mid-2018. The final improvement plan will be used to guide the construction of park improvements starting in 2018.

Email: Please send your questions or comments to engage@victoria.ca.  You can also call 250.361.0600.

 This map shows the location of the new land.


Proposed Improvements:

Engagement Summary

The first round of community engagement ended on August 20. Thank you to the over 60 people who joined us on a hot summer day for the open house and for everyone who took the time to share ideas at the pop up engagement stations at the Selkirk Waterfront and at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre.  Over 120 surveys were completed online. 

About Cecelia Ravine Park

Cecelia Ravine Park is the largest park in the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood and is one of the largest natural areas in the City of Victoria park system, featuring a creek, woodland areas, open meadows, and steep sided ravines.

The area is home to Cecelia Creek and a migratory bird habitat, as well as the City's award-winning Burnside Gorge Community Centre. Located between Burnside Road and the north side of the Selkirk Trestle, Cecelia Ravine is a gateway to the City of Victoria for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cecelia Ravine Park currently includes a playground, bike skills park, basketball court, community garden, fitness equipment, parking, and numerous secondary trails and stairs. The Galloping Goose Regional Trail, operated by CRD Regional Parks, runs through this park.

Interested in learning more about this improvement project?  Read on!

Engagement Timeline:

July 20- August 20:                              The first round of community feedback

October 13 - October 29.                     Share your feedback on a draft improvement plan

Winter:                                                 City staff will take the improvement plan to Council for approval

2018:                                                   Park improvements begin


What is the level of public participation?
The City works within the International Association of Public Participation’s spectrum of public participation which identifies the level of community involvement in decision-making. This engagement process will aim to be at the “Involve” level.

Goal: To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.

 How will public input be used?
This feedback will help inform an improvement plan for the new and existing areas of Cecelia Ravine Park.  This project will also update the Cecelia Ravine Management Plan to include the new park parcels.

 Improvements to Cecelia Ravine Park will begin in 2018.


Cecelia Ravine Park Additional Details:

Recreation Amenities

Located next to the Burnside Gorge Community Centre at 3130 Napier Lane, the amenities enhance recreational opportunities for youth in Victoria.

Multi-Use Sports Court

The fenced, multi-use sports court includes a basketball hoop, hockey net, youth tennis lines and a figure eight for bike skills use.

Bike Skills Park

The first of its kind in Victoria, the bike skills park design is based on input from local youth and features a pump track (a continuous loop that can be ridden on a bike without pedaling), a small skills practice area, and three separate skill level trails with a variety of technical terrain. Bring your bike, safety equipment and helmet and try it out!

Community Garden

In the summer of 2012, a new 24-bed community garden was installed. The community garden is administered by the Burnside Gorge Community Association.

Management Plan

Based on valuable community input, the City of Victoria has developed a management plan to guide future improvements to Cecelia Ravine. The goal is to create a safe and enjoyable park that protects and enhances the creek and surrounding parklands. The plan was adopted by City Council in March 2011. A copy of the Cecelia Ravine Management Plan is available below.