Heart of the Harbour

Event Details

September 28th, 2016, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Matson Conservation Area, Victoria, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

In the harbour of downtown Victoria is a rare stretch of globally-endangered camas meadow. Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Habitat Acquisition Trust to help restore this special ecological place.

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About Matson Conservation Area, Victoria

Matson Conservation Area contains the last patch of Garry oak ecosystem in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Located in Esquimalt, Matson Conservation Area is a natural gem in the heart of the city, where purple martin swallows, Cooper’s hawks and a rare white variety of great camas find home. The Nature Conservancy of Canada holds a conservation covenant on this property, which is owned by Habitat Acquisition Trust.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will remove invasive plants like English Ivy and Scotch Broom, which crowd the camas and other important native plants.

Why you will love it

This is a great place for Victoria residents to get their hands dirty! Along with restoring the camas meadows, volunteers will learn about the effects of ecosystem fragmentation, urbanization, and climate change in this endangered habitat.


Contact Todd Carnahan : foxtoad@gmail.com

Please Note

To register after 6pm on Monday, Sept 26, please email Todd Carnahan (event coordinator) directly, at foxtoad@gmail.com.

We will meet at the end of Garret Place, off Dunsmuir Road in Esquimalt.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Out house/ bearbox
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:

  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Sunhat (if applicable)
  • Raingear (if applicable)
  • Gardening gloves if you have them
  • Water