Friends of Cowichan Creeks

The Friends of Cowichan Creeks project began in November 2010. We have been working to monitor, protect, and enhance creeks throughout the Cowichan Region by facilitating the work of streamkeeper groups. On this page, you will find links to courses we have offered and pictures from some of our streamkeeper events and work parties.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of the Environment. Year two funding is also provided by the Vancouver Foundation Endowment Fund for Environment, Pacific Salmon Foundation, G & G Fund, RBC Blue Water Project and TD Friends of the Environment. Year one funders included the Brink Family Fund, the Junior League of Greater Vancouver Legacy Fund, the McGill Family Fund, Kaatza Foundation, RBC Blue Water Project and Telus. For 2012 through 2014 we acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia along with RBC Blue Water Project, and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

You will find information below about some of the courses we offer as part of this project. We also host work parties regularily, so be sure to check out the "Upcoming Events" section of our homepage.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer streamkeeper, please call us at 250-746-0227 or email

Streamkeepers Course

Bioengineering Workshop

In-stream Restoration Workshop

Youth Streamkeepers Course


Pictures from previous work parties and events

Askew Creek English Ivy removal- January 2011

Garnet Creek tree planting party- February 2011

Askew Creek tree planting party- March 2011

Cowichan Valley Trail and Holmes Creek Clean-up- June 2011

Habitat surveys- Summer 2011

Streamkeepers Course- May 2011

Averill Creek work parties with Canada World Youth participants- Fall 2011

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Shawnigan Creek with Dwight International School- September 2011

Storm drain marking with Dwight International School- October 2011

Invasive species work party, Waterwheel Park- January 2012