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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Putting it Back Together

Overview | Garry Oak IsletClam GardenSalmon StreamVolunteer

Restoration work
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Everyone’s done a jigsaw puzzle. If you work at it long enough, all the pieces fit.

Restoring unhealthy natural areas in the park reserve is more complicated than putting a puzzle back together. Nature changes constantly, so the picture doesn’t stay the same. Humans have also altered things. Imagine puzzle pieces missing (cougars) and extra pieces (European fallow deer).

The complexity of restoration work requires science and aboriginal traditional knowledge. It also takes the hard work of many volunteers, stakeholders, and partners. Restoring and protecting these special places is one of Parks Canada’s top priorities.


Garry Oak Islet © Parks Canada

Garry Oak Islet Restoration

Less than 5% of the Garry oak ecosystem in Canada remains in a near-natural state. In the few areas left, introduced plants and animals crowd out native species. A few precious pockets of Garry oak maritime meadows remain on tiny islets in the park reserve. » Eagle Islet Restoration

Clam Garden © Parks Canada

Clam Garden Restoration

What can traditional practices of the past tell us about managing resources and restoring ecosystems today? Over the next few years, Parks Canada, in collaboration with local First Nations and stakeholders, including Royal Roads University, will restore two ancient clam gardens. » Clam Garden Restoration

Lyall Creek © Parks Canada

Salmon Stream Restoration

When the park reserve was first established, a culvert blocked chum salmon from spawning in Lyall Creek. Park staff, along with community volunteers, restored this salmon stream, one of the only protected watersheds in the Southern Gulf Islands. » The Lyall Creek Story