The Riverview Lands are home to approximately 1,800 mature trees, some of which are unique to Western Canada.
Plans for renewal of the Riverview Lands will recognize
and respect its key features including the tree collection.
The collection, which was started by the provincial botanist John Davidson around 1912, includes native and non-native species and was added to as the site developed.
Many people consider the tree collection an integral part of the Riverview Lands’ heritage and some view it as British Columbia’s first arboretum.
One of the guiding principles for the land use planning process is to protect and enhance the tree collection. This means we will draw on a team of experts to assess and manage the long term health of the Riverview tree collection, within a new open space framework.