Read on to find out about the activities of the Bowker Creek Initiative (BCI).

Interpretive Signs for the Watershed

In 2019 the BCI replaced the four aging signs in the watershed. Now there are 6 new signs throughout the watershed, from the headwaters at University of Victoria through Saanich and Victoria to near the mouth of the creek in Oak Bay. Read more and view the signs.

Oak Bay High School Bowker Creek Restoration Project


The physical reconstruction of the creek channel was completed in 2015, creating a meandering channel with riffles, small islands and lots of native riparian vegetation on the creek bank. Oak Bay High School students now have an outdoor classroom, and the community has a beautiful naturalized greenway to use.

You can help!

Friends of Bowker Creek Society is looking for volunteers to help weed and tidy up the restoration site near Oak Bay High. They are meeting monthly in 2020 on the following dates:

  • August 30, 1-4 pm

    September 27, 1-4 pm

    October 25, 1-4 pm

    November 29, 1-4 pm 

    Meet along the pathway between Oak Bay High School and Bowker Creek. Please bring boots

Collaboration with Green Team and Oak Bay High

In 2017 the Greater Victoria Green Team and two classes from Oak Bay High School teamed up with BCI volunteers to plant 258 plants in the restoration site. Read the report here and view the photos. Oak Bay News did a story on the event as well.

Restoration at Monteith St in Oak Bay

Bowker Creek flows through municipal lands on Monteith St with a community allotment garden on the north bank, and a native plant garden across the creek. Read more about the transformation of this site.

Living Lab Project at Bowker Creek

The Living Lab Project is a collaboration between UVic, the Songhees Nation, and local secondary schools to provide students and community with the knowledge and resources needed to support the development of an environmental stewardship program within traditional Lekwungen territory. In June 2017, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth participants visited the restored Bowker Creek site at Oak Bay High School to learn about creek restoration, and how to assess water quality and biodiversity. Read more >>

Bowker Creek Blueprint

Find out more about the 100 year plan to restore the Bowker Creek watershed.

What is the BCI?

The Bowker Creek Urban Watershed Renewal Initiative (BCI) is a unique multi-jurisdictional effort to improve the health of a highly urbanized watershed. The Initiative was established because of concerns about flooding, pollution, and the degraded condition of Bowker creek. Read more >>