Kanaka Creek Regional Park is just one of Metro Vancouver’s 22 regional parks. Located in Maple Ridge, it is a long corridor of protected land that stretches almost 7 miles (11 km) inland from the Fraser River.
The name for the park comes from the term “kanakas” given to Hawaiian labourers who settled in the lower portion of the creek in the late 1800s.
Kanaka Creek Regional Park is home to the Bell-Irving Hatchery and fish fence. The Bell-Irving Hatchery has served for nearly 30 years as an attraction to the Park, an educational facility, a meeting place, an event location, an office, as well as a highly productive hatchery. Together with the fish fence, it supports enhancement activities for chum and coho salmon as well as cutthroat trout populations in Kanaka Creek.
In 2010, the Park welcomed 362,000 visitors. Such public appreciation of watershed stewardship, environmental education, and the outdoor spaces protected within the Park has steadily increased demands on the current facilit. The hatchery facility is a limiting factor to public programs and has aged beyond repair.
The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre Project is a two phase project. The first phase is the rebuilding of the Bell-Irving Hatchery and the second phase is the construction of a new stewardship centre. Once completed, Kanaka Creek will continue to cater to its current audience and will be better equiped to respond to the increased public interest by:
offering expanded and flexible space for educational and interpretive programming; local exhibits and events; and visitor reception;
a place of social capacity building and community engagement for groups to meet, network, and collaborate on the gamut of watershed stewardship issues and activities
However, a project of this size is not successful without the generous support of sponsors and donors. If you would like to join the team by making a contribution to phase 1, phase 2, or both – please contact me, Caitlin Hill, Communications and Fund Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org