New signs for Charlie's Trail


If you have enjoyed the quiet coolness of Charlie's Trail in recent weeks, you may have noticed some new additions along the path. Thanks to the generosity of the Johnson family of Victoria, we now have beautiful signs at each trail entrance that outline the history of trail, and identify in Lkwungen, English and Latin, the names of the plants and trees found along its banks.

The new interpretive signs are part of a longstanding project to restore and protect the trail system, including bridge reconstruction and installing boardwalks to protect the stream and encourage salmon migration. This environmental stewardship and maintenance of Charlie’s Trail has been ongoing since 2006, thanks to a generous donation by Charlie and Sue Johnson and the vision and efforts of former Head Gardener Dave Rutherford.

Trail history and Lkwungen translations of the plant names along the trail were generously contributed by Elder Elmer Seniemten George of the Songhees Nation, Ed Thomas Seenupin of the Esquimalt Nation and Kenneth Elliot of the Cowichan Nation.

Charlie’s Trail runs along Colwood Creek on the east side of campus. You can access the trail at the intersection of University Drive and College Drive, and between P3 and the Boathouse.

*Please note: As the campus is on a cougar alert, please be sure to use the buddy system while enjoying the trail.