Mack Laing Park

Mack Laing Nature Park


beautiful oceanfront property was originally owned by Hamilton Mack Laing, who built his home (Shakesides) on the property in 1950. He gave the waterfront property to the Town of Comox to be used for the public’s enjoyment as a nature park. Since 1983, the Town of Comox has operated Mack Laing Nature Park, adding trails and interpretive signs to foster the public’s appreciation of nature.

In 2009, the Town of Comox, together with the Nature Trust of British Columbia, purchased three parcels of neighbouring land (including Laing’s former property Baybrook) to expand the public greenspace along Brooklyn Creek and the Comox waterfront.

Hamilton Mack Laing (1883-1982) was a prolific naturalist, photographer, writer, artist and noted ornithologist, whose work from the Comox waterfront since 1922 earned him worldwide recognition.

Find the park on our map here.

Plan for the Park

In gifting his property to the Town of Comox, Mack Laing intended it to be used for public enjoyment, namely recreation and conservation. While Mr. Laing’s wish to see Shakesides turned into a natural history museum is not feasible with the funds also left to the Town in his will (1982), the Town is proposing an alternative option that aims to carry forward his goals of public education.

In 2017, the Town of Comox made application to the B.C. Supreme Court for an order varying the trust applicable to the money so as to allow funds to be used for construction and maintenance of a viewing platform on the site of Shakesides, once Shakesides has been removed. The platform would have a height and roofline replicating Shakesides and incorporate some materials from the building.

The Town of Comox’s application remains before the Court, with the next court date scheduled for October 2018.


News/Updates

Watch for more updates in the fall of 2018.

March 28, 2019

Public Engagement Meeting/Participatory Workshop / Committee of the Whole Meeting - March 27, 2019

Approximately 80 citizens of the Town of Comox joined members of Council, senior management and others in an active workshop held at the Comox Community Centre to contribute to the future of Mack Laing Nature Park.

While Council has recently resolved to move forward the Town’s court application to modify the trust and use trust money to construct a viewing site/platform, Council wanted to hear your ideas for the Mack Laing Nature Park before asking the court to accept the Town’s proposal.

Results from the workshop are currently being reviewed and a report summarizing the comments and submissions received is being prepared for Council’s consideration at its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Individuals who were unable to attend the workshop are encouraged to visit the Town’s website at www.comox.ca/macklaingpark to access the PRESENTATION referred to in the meeting/workshop and the COMMENT SHEET/QUESTIONNAIRE. Submissions received prior to the deadline of Friday, March 29, 2019 will be included in the summary report to Council.

Any questions, please contact Town Hall.


More Information

Questions? Call 250-339-2202 or email town@comox.ca