The Courtenay River is the shortest navigable river the world. It starts where the Puntledge and Tsolum rivers converge and occupies a prominent central location in the heart of the City of Courtenay.
Simms Park Native Plants
Riparian areas include the native trees, shrubs and grasses growing alongside water-courses. These native plants provide vegetative cover to help moderate water temperature.
Off Channel Habitat
Off-channel habitats provide lower water velocity, moderated water temperature, and enhanced food availability. They are important because they have been shown to benefit juvenile salmon growth and survival, decrease their competition for food and space, help keep larger predators away and provide important refuge.
A riparian area is the interface between the land and a river or stream. Riparian areas link water to land. They boarder streams, lakes and wetlands and encompass the trees, shrubs and grasses growing along these water bodies.
Simms Park Habitat Improvement Interactive Map
Over 2017- 2018, the Project Watershed team completed a habitat improvement project. The endeavour included the removal of an old culvert connecting the Courtenay River through the park into an inner pond area.
Simms Millennium Park
Simms Millennium Park is a municipally-owned 9.0 acre park located off the Old Island Highway directly across from Lewis Park and is naturally bounded by the Courtenay River to the south and Courtenay River Slough to the East and North.
Volunteers Needed to Help Plant at Simms Park Following Habitat Construction
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Upcoming Construction at Simms Millennium Park to Improve Salmon Habitat
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Improving Salmon Survival in Simms; A Plan for Habitat Restoration
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Simms Park Cleanup a Success
For the sixth year in a row Project Watershed has fielded an intrepid crew to brave the wilds of Simms Park and clean garbage from all its waterways and nooks and crannies. Recognizing BC Rivers Day, as well as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Sunday, September...