The start of the walk is on the Musqueam Reserve. The Musqueam band have been working to restore the last remaining wild spawning salmon creek in Vancouver. Restoring the creek is a challenge, as salmon returns have been as small as six Coho and six Chum salmon. Musqueam Creek is protected by the Fisheries department of the Government of Canada. For more information, see the David Suzuki last Vancouver salmon stream Web page.
The creek is subject to all sorts of abuse. Bikers and walkers sometimes wander through the stream, destroying habitat, incubating eggs, or disturbing salmon fry. Street rain water sewers drain into the creek. This means that pesticides, detergents from washing cars, dog excrement, and other undesirable chemicals show up in the creek after every major rainfall.
The stream is located in typical West coast rain forest. At the start of the 20th century, much of this area was logged. By 1919, the area was being developed into single family homes. At the time, the area was part of Point Grey, a separate municipality from Vancouver. In 1929, Point Grey amalgamated with Vancouver, making this area part of Vancouver ever since.
The entire Dunbar and Southlands area is now developed. Southlands remains one of the last country areas within a major city in Canada. We hope that the Musqueam Stream recovers and provides a natural habitat for wild salmon to spawn.