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Chum salmon return to spawn in Still Creek

November 5 2014

The City is daylighting streams that have been covered, filled, and diverted.

For a third year in a row, following concerted rewilding and conservation efforts, you can view the chum salmon who have returned to Still Creek, and learn more about the work that the City and our partners have done to rewild and revitalize this section of the creek.

Salmon returned in 2012 for the first time in nearly 80 years and have continued their annual return since then.

How sections of Still Creek are being brought back to life

The health of Still Creek declined over many decades due to encroaching development. Today, Still Creek is one of the few remaining visible streams in urban Vancouver and forms an important part of the Brunette River system. The City is working with Metro Vancouver to recapture lost habitat by enhancing sections of Still Creek.

The project to naturalize Still Creek includes work to:

  • Daylight sections of the creek that were previously in culverts and paved over
  • Remove concrete and naturalize creek banks
  • Return creek side habitat to native plantings
  • Add interpretive plaques and boardwalks to provide recreational and educational opportunities

How you can help keep our waterways clean

Help keep our waterways clean by not pouring chemicals or oils down the storm to protect our natural waterways, and encourage the continued annual visit of chum salmon to Still Creek.

What to not pour down the drain

Current restoration projects

Still Creek enhancement

Still Creek Enhancement

Still Creek is one of the two remaining visible streams in Vancouver, and the City is working to rehabilitate its natural creekside habitat, and provide recreational opportunities.