Centennial Creek Rain Garden Restoration Project

Posted: October 2, 2019

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The Centennial Creek has historically supported cutthroat trout and Coho salmon, but local urban infrastructure has greatly impacted the watershed over the years. In partnership with Central Westcoast Forest Society and Tla-o-qui-aht guardians, the District of Tofino is excited to begin a small restoration project at the Centennial Creek Rain Garden as part of a long-term community strategy to rehabilitate wild salmonid populations in the Clayoquot Sound area. 

This project will not only improve drainage on First Street, but will also reconnect the rain garden to Centennial Creek and increase its capacity by removing invasive species and controlling erosion and sediment. 

Components of the project include:

  • Reconnect the rain garden to Centennial Creek
  • Improvements to First Street drainage
  • Removal of non-native vegetation and planting of native riparian species
  • Footbridge and partial perimeter fence
  • Connect rain garden to Centennial Park via a trail
  • Working with Tla-o-qui-aht guardians to monitor water quality, erosion and sediment control.

What is a Rain Garden? 

Rain gardens are landscaped areas that help to filter rainwater that runs off our roofs, driveways and roads. The rain garden collects water from storm drains through a pipe and allows it to soak naturally into the ground before flowing into streams and out to sea.


April Froment, Manager of Public Spaces, Visitor and Cultural Initiatives
250-725-3229 ext. 613