Restoration Through Oak Bay High School Lands

The restoration of Bowker Creek through Oak Bay High School lands will transform this section of the creek into a healthier riparian environment and a community-accessible greenspace. Construction will take place between June and September.

  • In June, crews will clear the space to create a gentler slope towards the creek.
  • In July and August, crews will excavate a wider creek channel. This work includes a temporary diversion of the water to allow people and some equipment in the creek.
  • In September, crews will build the outdoor classroom and plant the creek. Look for opportunities to get involved in this significant restoration achievement!

Throughout the restoration project, walking access along the creek to Oak Bay Recreation Centre is re-routed to Armstrong Avenue.

Major project features include a winding creek that mimics a more natural water course, native plantings, an accessible pathway, a viewing area and an outdoor classroom.

 For project details see:
1. Final Restoration Design
2. Current site photo essay
3. Illustrative Drawings
4. Site Map

The District of Oak Bay secured $738,000 in funding for the restoration project. Project funding is provided by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

This project is one of 10 short-term actions for the restoration of the Bowker Creek watershed, as outlined in the Bowker Creek Blueprint. Restoration will significantly improve overall creek health by improving water quality, habitat and flow conveyance. Restoration will also decrease downstream flooding and improve climate adaptability.

Since the creek runs through the community high school property, partnership opportunities exist to involve students in all aspects of creek restoration, from channel design and planting to monitoring, and to the creation of curriculum where the naturalized creek becomes an outdoor classroom and a community amenity. The project to restore Bowker Creek at its Oak Bay High School reach demonstrates collaboration, partnerships, long-term visionary thinking and development of innovative green rainwater infrastructure. Collaboration, partnerships, timing and external funding are critical to take advantage of this innovative project

Monteith/Oak Bay Community Native Plant Demonstration Garden

In 2008, BCI was awarded funding from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, to restore the creekside riparian area near Monteith Street (behind Fireman’s Park) in Oak Bay. As part of the site rehabilitation, this neglected city property has become a community amenity with a demonstration native riparian restoration site and native plant garden – highlighting many edible native plants.

The BCI is pleased to see this project take deep roots in the community with the establishment of the Monteith Indigenous Plan Association (MIPA). and the Community Association of Oak Bay. This is a group of local residents that have adopted the site and are the active caretakers of the native garden for the long-term.

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“With the recent acceptance by all three municipalities of the Bowker Creek Blueprint: A 100-year action plan to restore the Bowker Creek watershed, moving forward with this project is a true "watershed moment" for the creek and the community. It will be a wonderful example of how a long term coordinated plan to restore function to a degraded watershed can happen, piece by piece, and when opportunities arise, when we work together towards a common vision.”
 Jody Watson, Chair of BCI