Departure Creek final alignment

Protecting and Restoring Our Environment

The City recognizes the importance of healthy, functioning ecosystems, which support an array of wildlife species and enhance the quality of life for people. The City works with a number of community partners to protect and restore urban natural areas that provide productive fish and wildlife habitat or contain sensitive, rare or depleted ecosystems and landforms that represent Nanaimo's natural diversity.

Restoration Projects

The City works with volunteers on a number of environmental restoration projects in our Parks. The following list of recent and ongoing projects.

Departure Creek Realignment and Enhancement Project   

Working with a number of community partners, including the Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association and Nanaimo Streamkeepers, the City completed a project to remove some significant barriers to fish habitat in the lower reaches of Departure Creek.

The project focused on bank erosion issues in Woodstream Park as well as creating a side channel that could act as a winter refuge for salmonids and other fish. Further downstream, the creek was realigned away from an existing commercial building off Departure Bay Road and redesigned to create more instream habitat.

Sugarloaf Mtn. Broom Crew

Managing for Invasive Plants

An invasive plant is a non-native plant that has the potential to negatively impact the composition, structure and function of native ecosystems.

The spread of invasive plants has become a major concern for ecologists, naturalists, residents, and land managers across British Columbia. 

The City of Nanaimo is committed to preventing new invasive plants from becoming established in our parks and controlling invasive plants that pose a health concern for the public.

Partnering with a number of community volunteers, City Parks staff work to remove and manage priority invasive plants from a number of sites within our park system. Learn more about volunteering in your local park.


Invasive Plants

  • Himalayan Blackberry

  • English Ivy

  • Scotch Broom

  • English Hawthorn

  • Gorse

  • Daphne / Spurge-Laurel

  • Japanese Knotweed

  • Policeman's Helmet \ Himalayan Balsam

  • Garlic Mustard

  • Carpet Burweed

Toxic Invasive Plans

  • Giant Hogweed

  • Poison Hemlock

Last updated: August 29, 2019

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