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 underdeveloped parcel located at the southeast side of the campus adjacent to Cedar Hill Cross Road. 

This area of campus is zoned for institutional use and is a vital asset to enable the future physical expansion of the university.

This area of campus is currently utilized by the UVic varsity student athletes including the track and cross country teams for training purposes and by the Centre for Forest Biology continues to conduct field activities at the Forest Biology Research Compound.

The university is currently exploring new temporary uses for Cedar Hill Corner that will support students, researchers and faculty and the overall academic mission of the university.

We continue to welcome the community onto campus to access natural areas such as the alumni chip trail, Finnerty Gardens and Mystic Vale.

Property Management Review

The university is currently exploring potential temporary uses for Cedar Hill Corner that will support students, researchers and faculty and the overall academic mission of the university.

The 2016 Campus Plan identifies Cedar Hill Corner as a future development site of the university. Until the university is ready to develop here, UVic is considering how the use of this area of campus can best support the vision, values and strategic objectives of the university. No zoning change and no development is anticipated as new temporary uses are explored. 

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

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this area of campus used for?

In the summer 2020, UVic varsity student athletes including the track and cross country teams began using Cedar Hill Corner for training purposes to support student athletes in their training. This provides the teams with dedicated space on campus and reduces need for athletes to train in busy public parks and recreational areas.

The track at Cedar Hill Corner is an ideal training area, allowing student athletes to push their limits through training and time trials in a safe and controlled location while physical distancing measures are in place. To ensure safety of athletes, members of our campus community as well as members of the public, the area is not open for unscheduled public use.

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.

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?

The Uvic Varsity student athletes including the track and cross-country athletes are using the Cedar Hill Corner area both for organized training and coaching as well as for individual training during a variety of scheduled and unscheduled times. To ensure safety of athletes, members of our campus community as well as members of the public, 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.

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