Cedar Hill Corner

Five men running, photographed from the side. There is a forest in the background.

Vikes men's track team practices on the track at Cedar Hill Corner. Photo taken by Armando Tura.

A girl stands in front of a line of trees holding  a ladder at its base. The ladder is going to the top of the tree in front of her.

UVic researcher gets a better look at some of the trees located in the Centre for Forest Biology's research compound on Cedar Hill Corner Property. Photo taken by Dr. Patrick von Aderkas.

Eight women running in a line, photographed from the front.

Vikes women's track team practices on the track at Cedar Hill Corner. Photo taken by Armando Tura.

Woman sits on bucket taking observation notes on a line of young trees in front of her. The young trees have netting suspended above them.

UVic researcher monitors young trees kept at the Centre for Forest Biology's research compound on the Cedar Hill Corner property. Photo taken by Dr. Barbara Hawkins.

Man holds alder tree leaves to examine them. It is a close-up shot.

Forest Biology PhD student working in the Alder Compound on the Cedar Hill Corner property. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Overview

The University of Victoria's Cedar Hill Corner Property is a 40.33 acre undeveloped parcel located at the southeast side of the campus adjacent to Cedar Hill Cross Road. 

This area of campus is being used for research, teaching and athletic purposes. It is zoned for institutional use and is a vital asset to enable the future physical expansion of the university.

Cedar Hill Corner Property Management Approach

A new property management approach has been developed for Cedar Hill Corner providing access to approved temporary uses that support the vision, values and strategic objectives of UVic.

2016 Campus Plan

The 2016 UVic Campus Plan identifies Cedar Hill Corner as a future development site and an area where temporary uses should support the university’s academic mission. The Campus Plan identifies large areas of campus that will be preserved as natural areas and will remain open to the public such as Mystic Vale, and the 4-km Alumni Chip Trail.  Other areas of the university, such as Cedar Hill Corner, are identified as sites for the future expansion of the university, and for uses that support the university’s academic mission.

Access

University Access

UVic faculty and staff may submit temporary multi year proposals for research, teaching and athletic uses at Cedar Hill Corner using this form. Please consider the Temporary Use Criteria, the first intake period will close October 15th 2021.

For one time uses or periodic uses by faculty and staff please send requests through 

Community Access

The university strives to support both the campus and external community at all times, the best we can. Our relationship with the community is important and tremendously valued. The university campus remains open to the public from many access points. UVic continues to welcome the community into the many preserved natural areas on campus.

While new academic and research uses will be prioritized, the property will also be available to support community led programs and events that are approved by the university.

Community members are welcome to submit requests to book Cedar Hill Corner to support community programs and events. Events must comply with university policies including our pets on leash policy while on campus. Please consider the Temporary Use Criteria, requests can be submitted to .

The transition to new uses on the property will take time and we appreciate the community’s patience as a new property management approach is being implemented. 

Current and future uses

Summer and Fall 2021

For the summer and fall of 2021, UVic varsity student athletes and other community athletes are initiating additional training, coaching and competitions in this area of campus. The university has installed a new running track on the property to support the increased use of the site for cross country training and competition both by university and community athletes, led by the Vikes’ cross country program.

Public health and safety restrictions permitting, some of these competition events may be open to the public for spectating. Notice of upcoming events will be posted to this website and the university’s events calendar.

The UVic Centre for Forest Biology will continue to conduct research in this area of campus, and several faculties will continue to use the area for research and teaching.

2022 and Beyond

New teaching, learning, research and athletic initiatives will be based out of this space in 2022. These new temporary uses for Cedar Hill Corner will support students, researchers and faculty and the overall academic mission of the university.

Future Updates

The university works collaboratively and respectfully with surrounding neighbourhood residents and other external stakeholders on university land use and development processes. Any future changes in property management will be communicated through the Community Association Liaison Committee and this website. 

The university is committed to providing quality, timely, and accurate information and context for new temporary university uses at Cedar Hill Corner. 

Upcoming events

  • Mini Vikes Cross Country Camps – Summer 2021
  • Vikes/VICCA Elementary School Cross Country meet – September 24th 2021
  • UVIC Cross Country High School Invitational – September 25th 2021
  • Vikes/VICCA Elementary School Cross Country meet – October 15th 2021
  • Vikes Cross Country University Last Chance – November 13th 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this area of campus used for?

This area of UVic campus is being used for research, teaching and athletic purposes. For the summer and fall of 2021, UVic Varsity student athletes and other community athletes are initiating additional training, coaching and competitions in this area of campus.

New teaching, learning, research and athletic initiatives will be based out of this space in the 2021/2022 academic year. These new temporary uses for Cedar Hill Corner will support students, researchers and faculty and the overall academic mission of the university.

The Centre for Forest Biology continues to conduct field activities at the Forest Biology Research Compound on the property. This has been a well-established use for academic studies. Faulty and staff continue to access the property to conduct their research.

How did Cedar Hill Corner come to form part of the UVic Campus?

The Cedar Hill Corner Property was purchased by UVic from the Island Broadcasting Company in 1964. The property was purchased to facilitate the growth of the campus and is zoned for institutional development.

What public access is provided to campus for recreation and leisure?

The university campus remains open to the public from many access points, including a nearby 4-km alumni chip trail and Mystic Vale that remains available for leisure activities such as on-leash dog walking.

What is the university's long-term plan for this area of campus?

Over the long term, Cedar Hill Corner is a vital asset to enable the future expansion of the university. The university’s 2016 Campus Plan establishes a process for engaging with the community when the university is ready to develop the property.  

The university’s first priority as an educational institution is to provide opportunities for students, scholarly pursuits and wellbeing of mind and body for members of our university community.

The university has a responsibility to steward its physical and financial assets in a responsible manner.

Can Cedar Hill Corner be open for public use at times when the university is not using the area?

This area of UVic campus is being used for research, teaching and athletic purposes and access is limited to university-approved uses. To ensure safe access to this area of campus for teaching, research, athletic and community purposes, the area is not open for public use.

How does the university engage with the community on new projects?

The university works collaboratively and respectfully with surrounding neighbourhood residents and other external stakeholders on university land use and development processes. Any future changes in property management will be communicated through the Community Association Liaison Committee and this website. 

The university relies on the Community Engagement Framework and the Campus Planning Consultation Process to guide approaches to engagement. The university is committed to providing quality, timely, and accurate information and context for new temporary university uses at Cedar Hill Corner. No zoning change and no development is anticipated as new university uses are considered for this area.

How are the apples at Cedar Hill Corner used?

The old orchard at Cedar Hill Corner is a remnant of the previous agricultural uses on the site during the sixties and earlier. This orchard is past its prime, but still produce apples each fall. The apples at Cedar Hill Corner are picked and donated to the UVic Students Society Food Bank, and the Shelborne Community Kitchen Society. They are also used by the Centre for Forest Biology.

For any inquiries, please contact  .