Cowichan Valley Regional District | British Columbia

Parks Bylaw No. 738

No person shall smoke, or use an electronic cigarette or similar device, within a Park or Trail except in areas designated as smoking areas by sign or notice placed by the CVRD.

The definition of park includes certain enclosed municipal properties including libraries, community centres, theatres, bowling alleys and community halls.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices


“Park” means any property that:

i. the CVRD has possession and control of pursuant to section 941 of the Local Government Act;
ii. the CVRD holds in fee simple, or by lease, license, permit, covenant, statutory right-of-way, easement, or occupancy or access agreement, for park purposes;
iii. the CVRD acquires possession or control of for park purposes; and,
iv. includes the following categories of property owned or under the possession and control of the CVRD and commonly referred to as:

  • park,
  • regional park,
  • community park,
  • community recreation park,
  • coastal recreation park,
  • neighbourhood park,
  • special purpose park,
  • linear corridor park,
  • tot lot park,
  • river corridor park,
  • lakefront park,
  • off leash dog park,
  • bike park,
  • community garden,
  • community forest,
  • nature centre,
  • boat launch,
  • cemetery,
  • trail,
  • connector trail,
  • multi-use trail/pathway,
  • community pathway,
  • bike path,
  • Trans Canada Trail,
  • boardwalk,
  • equestrian trail,
  • walking/hiking trail, and
  • all playgrounds, sports courts, sports fields, ice arenas, libraries, community centres, theatres, community halls, historic sites, bowling alleys, marine parks, nature parks, wildlife corridors, forests, greenbelts, ecological reserves, conservation areas, marshes, beach accesses, docks, wharves and
    boat ramps.

Places Smoking Prohibited

E-cigarettes (indoors)
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Policy Analysis

This parks bylaw contains leading edge elements, including a ban on smoking and using e-cigarettes on trails and beaches. In addition, using e-cigarettes is prohibited in certain enclosed municipal properties including community halls and centres, bowling alleys, theatres and libraries.

Date Passed: December 14, 1983

Date in Force:

Date Last Amended: September 10, 2014

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

Supporting Information

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Parks Bylaw No. 738

Amendment Bylaw 3851

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