Much of the Craigflower Creek watershed is still in a natural state.
The Craigflower Creek watershed is comprised of all the lands that drain into Craigflower Creek, which flows into Portage Inlet. Much of this watershed is still in a relatively natural state, and supports many different types of ecosystems, wildlife and rare plants. Forests, meadows, rocky hills, lakes, wetlands and streams can all be found here, especially in the upper watershed, where farms and rural residential properties are also common. Suburban development is more extensive in the lower watershed, including many roads and a major highway. As a natural area close to the city of Victoria, the Craigflower Creek watershed is also valuable for recreation, research and education. Francis/King, Mt. Work and Thetis Lake regional parks are all within this watershed, making up about 30 per cent of the total land area within it. Craigflower Creek begins as several small streams on the southern slopes of Mt. Work in the Highlands. These converge and flow southeast into Eagles Lake (a man-made lake), and then into Pike Lake. Upper and Lower Thetis lakes drain into Prior Lake, which also receives flow from a tributary from McKenzie and Teanook Lakes, before joining Craigflower Creek.
Did You Know?
- Coho salmon regularly spawn in Craigflower Creek, sometimes as far upstream as Prior Lake. A fish counting fence has been maintained on this creek for many years. Data can be viewed on the Esquimalt Anglers’ Association website
- Thetis Lake Park, originally established in 1959, was the first nature sanctuary in Canada.
- Approximately one third of the watershed is protected in regional parklands.
- Craigflower Creek is also known locally as Dead Man’s Creek.
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