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Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer for BC, has encouraged people to get out and enjoy the outdoors. There are a number of places in the Greater Victoria area where one can escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and reconnect with nature.

In this regard, Rithet’s Bog or Rithet’s Bog Park should be near the top of everyone’s list to pay a visit. Rithet’s Bog is located near the intersection of the Pat Bay Highway and Royal Oak Drive. It is bounded by Chatterton Way, Dalewood Lane and Emily Carr Drive.

Rithet’s Bog is the last remaining peat bog on the Saanich Peninsula and now consists of a 42 hectare nature sanctuary. It supports a rare forested bog environment that provides a wide range of habitat for a number of rare plants and wildlife. Many people enjoy this quiet green haven and walk the 2.8 km bog trail to view the wildlife, plants and flowers.

The restoration and management of this fragile eco-system is a partnership among the District of Saanich, Rithet’s Bog Conservation Society, the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund,
Fisheries and Ocean’s Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada . For more information visit: