A Sand Dune Restoration Adventure

Event Details

October 4th, 2016, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

James Island, Saanichton, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Help with the ongoing restoration of rare, endangered ecosystems on James Island and get the chance to see a beautiful part of Vancouver Island’s coast.

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About James Island, Saanichton

Located just twenty minutes by boat from the town of Sidney, James Island is home to the provincially-significant coastal sand ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for a number of rare and endangered species. The dynamic sand spit and dune ecosystem provides habitat for Yellow sand verbena, which is the exclusive host to the endangered sand verbena moth. The plants and wildlife of James Island rely on the dynamic processes of sand movement to create the unique conditions in which they can thrive.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will remove invasive gorse and scotch broom, which crowd out yellow sand verbena and other rarities such as contorted-pod evening primrose and Edward’s beach moth.

Why you will love it

Volunteering is one of the few ways to see this beautiful island, which is normally closed to the public to protect sensitive ecosystems. Enjoy amazing coastal views on the boat ride over, and maybe even spot porpoises, bald eagles or buffleheads.


Contact Melanie Kuzyk: bc@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

To sign up after 2pm on Monday, Oct 3rd, email Todd Carnahan (event organizer) directly, at foxtoad@gmail.com

Volunteers will meet at the dock at the end of James Island Rd. in Central Saanich, BC (the boat leaves from there). From Victoria, follow the Patricia Bay Highway/BC-17 north towards Sidney. Turn right onto Mount Newton Cross Road, left onto Lochside Drive and right onto James Island Road.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Rainboots or hiking shoes
  • Raingear
  • Gardening gloves, if you have them
  • Water
  • Lunch