Rock Bay Creek Revival has been making slow but sure progress. We received a My Great Neighbourhood Grant from the City of Victoria to design and erect two wayfinding signs along the path of the creek. We've applied for a second grant to complete a larger sign at Vining and Stanley, the source of the creek. We've held three free artmaking workshops, two in Fernwood and one in Hillside Quadra, to generate imagery for the signs. We will finalize the text and visuals over the summer and expect to have them installed by late September. We have a Small Neighbourhood Grant to host a celebration of the new signage.

 

See online galleries of work produced at these workshops.

This spring semester, five UVic graduating engineering students took on the fleshing out of our daylighting ideas as their final project. With the information they came up with, we have a better idea of the practicalities involved.

We've shown the film LOST RIVERS in collaboration with the North Park Neighbourhood Association, Oaklands Community Centre, Quadra Community Centre and the Fernwood Community Association. The film explains why rivers and streams around the world were culverted and how cities and towns are bringing them back. We plan to show it for the Burnside Gorge Community Centre AGM in the fall. Our aim is to connect communities along the length of the creek and that is happening.

Daylighting is a mammoth project. We are beginning to look into sources for the big dollars it will take. This is a step by step process and we are proud of what we've accomplished in a short time. We couldn't have gotten this far without the support of the FCA, the FNRG, the City of Victoria, and the several community groups we're working with.

If you'd like to be on our mailing list (not many emails) so you know what we're up to, please email Dorothy - dotter [at] seaside [dot] net.

 


 

 

 


 

creek falls

 

 

Finlayson Falls where Rock Creek outfalls into Rock Bay (~mid 1800).

 

See more about Fernwood history at Victoia Heritage Foundation.


Harris Pond / Rock Bay Watershed Awareness Program


Fernwood’s early claim to fame was its spring ridge that served as Fort Victoria’s water supply.


A creek, which is now culverted ~10’ underground, drains the Harris Pond basin at Vining and Stanley into Rock Bay. The route passes through three parks, a community garden and the heart of two communities. The problem of flooding and swampiness was solved by ingenious engineering that has hidden this natural feature from our awareness. There is a rising interest in natural storm water management to replenish groundwater. We propose to “daylight” parts of the creek by planting Rain Gardens* and installing educational way-markers to remind us of this forgotten resource.

 

*A Rain Garden is an area graded and planted to capture and naturally process storm water and surface flow. Educational way-finding markers could include historical photos and stories…e.g. duck hunting from the back porch, and famous loods.

 


 

Rock Bay Creek - A Story of Urban Watershed Revival

by Lindsay Kathrens and Ian Flock

 

 

 

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