MEET THE RESEARCHERS: CURRENT AND HISTORIC CONDITIONS IN ROBERTS BAY, a webinar held on Wednesday February 9, 2022 featuring Sarah Cook (Coastal and Ocean Resources Inc. (CORI)), Nikki Wright (Sea Change Marine Conservation Society), Ian Bruce and Kyle Armstrong (Peninsula Streams Society)

September morning: Roberts Bay at the mouth of Mermaid Creek

In 2021,  Coastal and Ocean Resources Inc. with Sea Change Marine Conservation Society and Peninsula Streams Society conducted research  to understand the science of the changes happening in Roberts Bay, a necessary first step to identify appropriate restoration activities for a multi-year Roberts Bay Restoration Project.

This video forum (Link 1) on Febrary 9, 2022, introduces the people and organizations involved in the Restoration Project, a presentation by Sarah Cook, chief researcher, and questions and discussion with residents.

Link 1 to Roberts Bay Residents February 9 webinar;

Link 2 to 2021 Research Report


Living on the Saanich Peninsula as if It Were Home. Links to recordings of the Zoom Webinars Sunday February20, Tuesday February 22 and Thursday February 24, 2022

Sunday February 20

Protecting Nature by Building Community

Bob Peart, the Coordinator of the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition, provides an update on the efforts to facilitate the development of a bioregional planning framework for the Saanich Peninsula.  The Coalition is a collection of independent groups and organizations that have come together to promote ecological and economic sustainability here where we live.  In particular, the Coalition is focusing on the need to include these fundamental principles in the renewed Official Community Plan that is presently being discussed here in Sidney, and with North and Central Saanich as well.

Here is a link to the recording of the ZOOM Webinar:


Tuesday February 22

Illegal Moorage and Abandoned Boats in our Harbours: An Update

Gillian Oliver (Canadian Coast Guard) and Jody Watson (Capital Region District) provide an update on their efforts to address the challenges of abandoned boats and illegal moorage in the waters surrounding the Saanich Peninsula.  Their updates will be followed by a question and discussion period.  We hope that this webinar will inform the participants of the resources assisting and the obstacles opposing the resolution of these long-standing and complicated challenges.. 

Here is a link to the February 22, 2022 webinar:


Thursday February 24

At Home on the Saanich Peninsula

Farrell Boyce (retired scientist, environmental activist), Reverend Shana Lyngood (co minister of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria), Tiffany Joseph (member of the WSANEC Leadership Council) and Jacklynn Barrs (environmental scientist and activist) discuss what it means to be fully at home on the Saanich Peninsula. This discussion can be viewed as a an extension of the February 20 webinar “Protecting Nature by Building Community”

Here is a link to the recording of the ZOOM webinar:


Friends of Shoal Harbour Are Having a Beach Party 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 25 and You’re Invited!

Canoeists practice their strokes in front of Lillian Hoffar Park

Here’s an opportunity to get mud on your knees and a close look at the inhabitants of the intertidal zone of Lillian Hoffar Park, part of Tsehum Harbour, North Saanich. We (FOSH and the Saanich Inlet Protection Society (SIPS) Shorekeepers) are organizing a beach survey to explore the diversity of plants and animals that call Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary home.

Shorekeepers extract, identify and count critters in the top 10cm of beach material within the square (25 cm quadrat|)

We hope to confirm our hunch that, despite the increased human activity on the Harbour, there remain stretches of shoreline that support  an abundant flora and fauna, sources of food for the many birds, that frequent the Bird Sanctuary. Come and join us for a fun and informative morning.


Sunday morning June 25 is a good time for a beach survey because one of the lowest tides of the year occurs at 12 noon  Here’s the plan:

* 10:00 am: Meet at Liilian Hoffar Park in the open area adjacent to the Tsehum Harbour shore. Wear old clothes. Bring gumboots or wading shoes, sunhat and sunscreen. We’ll supply all the equipment you’ll need, and have coffee and juice on hand.

* 10:15 to 10:30 am Explanation and orientation by Denis Coupland of the SIPS Shorekeepers

* 10:30 am to 12:30 pm noon: Digging, identifying and counting according to the Shorekeeping protocol. The beach profile will have been surveyed and the sampling sites laid out on the previous day (Saturday, June 24). We hope to have a few experienced shorekeepers joining us to help with the critter ID and data recording.

* 12:30 pm: Debriefing, wind-up and snacks. We’ll post our findings on this website (

Everyone is welcome. If you plan to come please RSVP to Farrell (250 656 7953 or to Sue (250 655 6300 ). Hope to see you on the beach!

A word of warning about parking: There is space only for 3 – 4 vehicles at Lillian Hoffar Park and there is no parking immediately adjacent on Resthaven Drive. Parking space is available at Parkland High School on McDonald Park Road about 400 m north of Lillian Hoffar Park entrance.


Map of Tsehum Harbour area (Sreetwise Map Book of Greater Victoria)