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ELSI teams up with the Greater Victoria Green Team

Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and ELSI volunteers to help restore Bee Creek:

Sunday, September 11, 9:45am - 2:30pm

Meet in the parking lot at Bee Creek/Pacific Landing (formerly Coast Collective Art Gallery) 3221 Heatherbell Rd

We'll be removing invasive plants from the wetland at the creek mouth on the lagoon. Read more >>

This spring, ELSI had lots of help from the Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive plants from around the lagoon. In April GVGT recruited classes from Dunsmuir Middle School to join ELSI volunteers in Pit House Park to remove Scotch broom from the meadow areas.

ELSI teamed up with the GVGT on May 1st to pull Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry and other invasive plants from Coburg Peninsula. Read more >>

Annual Report 2015 now online

The ELSI annual report summarizing our activities in 2015 is now available.

Coburg Peninsula on Shaw TV

In February 2016, Lorraine Scollan of Shaw TV did a piece on some of the issues at Esquimalt Lagoon and Coburg Peninsula.

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.  


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, on adjacent lands within the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary and in surrounding watersheds. ELSI conducts outreach to residents, businesses and institutions in the Esquimalt Lagoon watershed.

ELSI Steering Committee meeting schedule 2016

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 2016 ELSI meetings will be held on:

February 9
April 12
June 14
August 9
October 11
December 13