colwood creek 1  220x136 hhA wetland in the upper Colwood Creek watershed soaks up water like a sponge and helps to control flows. (Photo:  L. Townsend) 

The watershed lies within the City of Colwood, the District of Langford and the Electoral District of Juan de Fuca. Langford and Colwood are among the fastest-growing communities on Vancouver Island. This scenario creates challenges for maintaining healthy streams and ecosystems, as more land is developed. Nevertheless, Colwood Creek is valuable as a feature in local parks, and in its lower reaches is surrounded by some of the last remaining old-growth forest in the region. Ecosystems present within the watershed include Coastal Douglas Fir forest, Garry Oak meadows, lakes, wetlands, riparian zones, and an estuary. Many people live within the watershed, and enjoy the parks and trails as well as the beaches along the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon.
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Aerial photo showing boundaries of Colwood Creek watershed

Colwood Creek begins at Humpback Reservoir, and flows eastward through forested land to Glen Lake, then southeast through residential areas and Colwood Creek Park, before crossing under the Veterans’ Memorial Parkway. It then turns north and parallels the Parkway along the east side, until it reaches the Colwood golf course (the Royal Colwood Golf Club) and Colwood Lake. From there the stream flows under Sooke Rd., south through the Royal Roads University grounds, and discharges into Esquimalt Lagoon.

Additional References

Articles

Colwood Creek Environment

Resources

Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative

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Emergency Contacts

Emergency Management of BC 1.800.663.3456
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