Bird watching at Esquimalt Lagoon

Find out more about this unique ecosystem and how you can help protect it.

Shoreline Cleanup Sunday June 28, 2015

Join the Juan de Fuca Power and Sail Squadron for their annual beach cleanup at Coburg Peninsula. Meet at 10am at the west end of the lagoon near the washroom building. Read more >>

Featured Projects:

Dune Restoration

ELSI volunteers have been working since 2006 on Dune Habitat Restoration project on the Coburg Peninsula. The goals of the project are to:

  • restore native dune habitats through the establishment of demonstration restoration plots
  • realign beach access points and benches to reduce trampling across sensitive dune habitat
  • monitor the effectiveness of restoration
  • raise public awareness of dune habitats and engage residents and visitors in stewardship of the dunes.  

Camosun College and ELSI volunteers planted over 300 dune grass plants in two restoration plots on Coburg Peninsula November 27 & 28, 2014.


What is ELSI?

The Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative is a broad coalition of community and environmental groups, institutions, the business community, recreational user groups and government (federal, First Nations, provincial and municipal) working together to protect, enhance and restore
Esquimalt Lagoon and the Coburg Peninsula.
ELSI focuses on environmental issues in Esquimalt Lagoon and adjacent lands within the boundary of the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the surrounding watersheds. ELSI conducts outreach to residents, businesses and institutions in communities within the Esquimalt Lagoon watershed.

ELSI Steering Committee meeting schedule 2015

Meetings are held bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 2:30 - 4:30pm at the Colwood Municipal Hall committee room. In 2015 ELSI meetings will be on:

February 10
April 14
June 9
August 11
October 13
December 8