~ We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. - Thomas Fuller, ~

Tsolum River Restoration Society


  WELCOME to our Website

This site will be undergoing a major re-vamping. Please contact us if you have any suggestions, photos, or videos that you would like to see posted.


Headquarters Creek - Planting Completed

Thank you Vincent for organizing this project and also a very big thanks to everyone who helped with all the grunt-work. The spawning channel looks great. Here is a picture of the crew who helped with the final piece - tree planting and grass seeding.  










The Tsolum River is closed to all fishing year round due to special conservation values. Please see the "About TRRS" Page.


 Rainwater Management

work being done by Convening for Action On Vancouver Island (CAVI) 

Check it out! Click Here

From "Mary"; a student studying water conservation found this website. Please share...


click here for Tsolum Legacy Video

For more information please call Jack at 250.897-4670 (please leave a message with your name and number if no answer) or email tsolumriver@shaw.ca

Excellent videos and films about the Tsolum River

by filmmaker Ed Homer

Click Here for Ed's full website

 Check out this link about Garry Oaks...

Click here to view the Latest Minesite Graph 

 Call 250.897-4670 

or email tsolumriver [at] shaw.ca or go to our "Contact Us" page

The Tsolum Celebrates Another Year in the Right Direction

Water Quality continues to improve, we are understanding the fish cycles better  and we have  small improvements in pink and coho salmon and cutthroat trout numbers.  In addition, banks continue to be stabilized, riparian zones replanted and our knowledgable membership grows with dedicated volunteers and landowners throughout the 260 sq. Km watershed.

Thanks to a $4.5 million dollar allocation of BC taxpayers money to remediate the old mine we have effectively seen the end of 44 years of acid rock drainage.

Now we tackle the next limiting factors to the health of the river and you can help! We are currently designing a series of studies to complete our Biophysical understanding and to create a baseline upon which to measure our successes as we move forward.

Motivated by the two highest flow events in the history of the Tsolum River (November 2009 and December 2010) that caused flooding in the City with roads closed, infrastructure threatened and residents unable to access their homes a report was commissioned by the City, RD and TimberWest. 


Click here for the report



Past News


Tsolum River Partnership wins Premier’s Award of Excellence for Innovation in Partnerships!

Click Here to see the video…



Full analysis of this and previous year’s numbers will be available soon – stay tuned.


SCOUT TREES 2011 Thursday April 7, 2011



3000 trees planted!


Click Here for the latest newsletter (Winter 2011)



 Independent Study of Tsolum Watershed Flooding Underway


See below "Tsolum In Flood - Highest flows ever recorded on Dec 24, 2010 at 278 Cubic Cms per second!"


 The GREAT FRY MOVE of 2011 went very well. 31 volunteers showed up and with all the suggestions and two trucks we were all done by 8:30 PM!



 The latest data from the minesite shows complete success to date! Not one reading has gone over target since the fall of 2009!

The Latest Media Release on the Minesite - Click Here



The hatchery was in serious flood over Christmas with the building flooded and creek water running freely into the raceways...







Tsolum In Flood - Highest flows ever recorded on Dec 24, 2010 at 278 Cubic Cms per second!

New Reach of the Tsolum River not only survived the flood waters but showed its mettle!


 After: Weir Feild installed

 Before; note active erosion  


 Tsolum in flood December 24, 2010 with Weir feild completely submerged: Note flow is well away from bank and where there was active erosion we now see quiet water





After the flood: note weirs all intact, no erosion occurred and we gained a piece of large woody debris

 Latest from the Minesite

The site is covered and ready to plant!
Woody debris had been spead on the site on top of the till and organic soils to prevent snowmobiles and ATV's from bombing all over the site tearing it up and for long-term organic material as the woody debris rots over time providing nutrients for revegetation.
Latest Video from the old mine site!


You are reminded that this site is an active mining operation and is OFF LIMITS to vistors! Trespassing charges will be laid. 

 Latest Data From Spectacle Lake Wetland has shown higher levels leaving than levels entering. This is not indicitive of poor performance but of lag time due to lower flows moving through very slowly. The higher levels from an earlier reading take so long to move through the wetland they are leaving at a time when lower levels have been recorded entering.









 ART CARDS and PRINTS Available

A wonderful set of art cards and prints are available from the TRRS. Featuring the fine photography of Father Charles Brandt these can be purchased by calling Willa Cannon at 250 337-8524                 

These are an ongoing fundraiser for the TRRS with all sales going to make fish, repair habitat and complete watershed planning

Latest News

Tsolum Celebrates this year!
With water quality back to normal, a run of 60,000 pinks and 2500 coho it is time for us to throw a party!
A free (voluntary donation/membership at door) family-friendly event ...

More Information

Breaking News - Posted by: Jack Minard on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

RST In water earliest ever!
Mergansers and Kingfishers are actively fishing in the River. This means the pink fry are on the move.
This is far earlier than just a few years ago as timings are changing it ...

More Information

Breaking News - Posted by: Jack Minard on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am


Orange dates show activities - click date for more information
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