Vancouver Island

50 Places, 50 Stories

Vancouver Island and the many islands surrounding it have been the home of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial.

Indigenous peoples have actively stewarded these lands and waters for thousands of years. They continue to lead the way forward in conservation.

Ancient old-growth forests, spectacular fjords and inlets, remote island ecosystems, wild salmon rivers and orca whale pods make this region a world-renowned global treasure. You can explore the plants and animals of this region on Sierra Club BC’s Ecomap.



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50 Places Project: Sooke Hills

The Sooke Hills are located on southern Vancouver Island within the territories of the T’Sou-ke First Nation and the Scia’new First Nation, also known as Beecher Bay. The Nations have used the area for many thousands of years for spiritual, food, medicinal and other purposes.

Sierra Club BC’s 50 Places Project

The 50 Places Project celebrates 50 stories of conservation across BC.

As Sierra Club BC marks fifty years of conservation work, we raise our hands to the longtime Indigenous stewards of fifty special places in BC. In many cases, Sierra Club BC and our partners have also played a role in helping protect these places.

Through Indigenous Guardian programs and sharing of deep and specialized knowledge between generations, Indigenous peoples continue to lead the way in conservation.

We invite you to celebrate these stories with us and find out how you can help create more lasting solutions for conservation now and into the future.

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