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Restoration work

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

Garry Oak Islet

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

Clam garden

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

salmon stream

Salmon stream

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

Volunteers and park staff raise their arms while sitting on a pile of invasive plants that they have removed from Sidney Island.

Coastal sand

Coastal sand ecosystems are rare in British Columbia and support many species at risk. A volunteer-powered restoration project on Sidney Island in the park reserve resulted in a big recovery for a tiny plant. .
» Coastal sand restoration