Walking in Canadian Regional Park 

Woowookarung: A proposed new name for Canadian Regional Park

Parks Victoria is inviting comment on the proposal to name the new park Woowookarung Regional Park.

A new park

Canadian Regional Park is a brand new 641-hectare park located in Ballarat which includes the former Canadian State Forest and plantation land.
Map of the new park. (PDF)


The park is within the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people. A Wadawurrung name for the park reflects the traditional use and connection that Wadawurrung people have with the area and provides recognition and respect for Wadawurrung as Traditional Owners.

Wadawurrung have nominated the name Woowookarung as the preferred name of the new park. “Woowookarung embodies the spirit and the history of this place, which provided food, medicine, water, shelter and raw materials for Aboriginal people. In Wadawurrung language Woowookarung means place of plenty", Uncle Bryon Powell, Elder and Chair of Wadawurrung.

This is a great opportunity for the wider Ballarat community to demonstrate support and respect for its Aboriginal people, as well as celebrate and acknowledge the area’s unique cultural heritage.

The park

The park was intensively mined during the gold rush of the 1850s and the nearby Canadian Lead was among the richest in the Ballarat area. The Canadian name evolved over time and is thought to have originated from a prominent gold miner who was from Canada. The connection to the history of the name is retained in local features including the suburb of Canadian, Canadian Lead and the Canadian Creek.

The parks connection to its goldmining history will continue to be recognised and explored during the upcoming project to plan for the new park. There is also likely to be future opportunities to name new destinations and other features within the Park

The proposal affects the Canadian Regional Park only and does not impact on any private property addresses or the Canadian suburb name.

Have your say

Thank you to everyone who took the time to make submissions. The consultation period closed on Friday 14 October 2016. 

Parks Victoria will make a decision about the proposal based on submissions received, and announce the outcome to the public.

More information

For more information about the proposal please call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 

The Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010 can be found at www.delwp.vic.gov.au

Plants of Canadian Regional Park