Bowker Creek Biodiversity Day
Saturday, August 12 2023 (1:00pm to 4:00pm)
Come celebrate with Friends of Bowker Creek at Kings Community Nature Space (Entry from 1800 Block Kings Rd. or Haultain St.) on Saturday, August 12 2023, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Bring the whole family for this free event, featuring music by the Bald Eagles Band, games, crafts, and ice cream. Learn about the creek and the great vision for its future!
Bowker Creek Brushup
Sunday, Aug. 13th, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oak Bay Walkway Park – street access at the end of Armstrong Ave.
The Friends of Bowker Creek will have an information table and Bowker Creek Watershed model the the Oak Bay Community Artists Society – Annual Bowker Creek Brushup Art Show and Sale.
2023 Creekside Concert
Creekside Concerts are back for a fifth summer and we are excited to host our only concert of the season on Friday, July 21st along Bowker Creek Walkway in Oak Bay. (The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 22nd.)
- Lekwungen welcome by TEALIYE/Brianna Bear
- Poetry by Sharon Sunhye Lee
- Storytelling and song by Carolyn Knight
- Dance by Constance Cook with Kayla Henry & Sarah Hutton
- Music by Dilly Cooner and The Blackwood Two
- There will also be a special singing workshop, facilitated by Nēlé, beside the creek at 6 pm. More details and registration link coming soon!
Location: The event will take place in the rectangular green space just north of the Bowker Creek Walkway and east of Oak Bay High School, between Armstrong Avenue and Hampshire Road.
Accessibility information: The site of the concert can be accessed via the Bowker Creek Walkway from either the Armstrong Avenue turn-around or Hampshire Road. From the walkway it is approximately 60 metres along uneven grass to where the concert will be taking place. If you require assistance with accessiblity, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
Arriving: We encourage attendees to walk, cycle or take public transit to the event. The closest bus stop is on Monterey Avenue, just south of the Bowker Creek Walkway (bus route #2).
For more details about the concert series visit www.creeksideconcerts.ca.
We are grateful to the the District of Oak Bay, Island Savings, the CRD Arts Commission, the Rotary Club of Oak Bay, and the SOCAN Foundation for their financial support. Creekside Concerts are presented by the Friends of Bowker Creek Society and Tune Your Ride
Ice Cream Social – World Rivers Day
Sunday, September 25th 2-4 p.m.
Bowker Creek at Bee Street – at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre parking lot
Bowker Creek Watershed Model
The Bowker Creek Watershed Model was commissioned by the Bowker Creek Initiative to offer an engaging way of looking at urban watershed renewal. It is an interactive model that allows a wet display with water from a spray bottle – showing how rain washes pollution into the creek and ocean; and how raingardens can improve wetland function and keep pollution out of Bowker Creek (also known as Thaywun).
Creekside Concerts at Bowker Creek
Manjinder Benning & Heather Cunliffe at the Aug. 6th 2021, Creekside Concert in Oak Bay. Watch the video recording of this concert here.
2022 Creekside Concert Series
This is the fourth annual series of free bicycle-powered concerts along Bowker Creek in Lekwungen Territory.
The Creekside Concerts are opened with a Lekwungen welcome by TEALIYE / Brianna Bear.
There will also be a free craft table for children to make a puppet from recycled cardboard.
For more details about the concert series visit: www.creeksideconcerts.ca
Creekside Concerts are presented by the Friends of Bowker Creek Society and Tune Your Ride.
We are grateful to the CRD Arts Commission, District of Oak Bay, District of Saanich, Saanich Legacy Foundation, Rotary Club of Saanich, Island Savings, VanCity, and the SOCAN Foundation for their financial support, making this concert series possible.
Here are links to live-stream recordings of the 2020 Creekside Concerts:
Song Like a Seed – An Earth Day Concert with Sara Thomsen
Programs in Earth Literacies fund-raising concert for Bowker Creek was held on Friday, April 23rd, 2021
The Friends of Bowker Creek Society gratefully acknowledges the kind and generous support from concert organizer, Gertie Jocksch of the Programs in Earth Literacies, Sara Thomsen for lending her voice and performing talent, and concert attendees for a wonderful evening in celebration of Earth Day 2021. This concert presented a packet of songs – like seeds to care for the earth and each other; a healing balm, a call to action, to blossom, to fruit, to harvest. Each note a nudge to kindle the heart, to raise up voices, to plant our own songs, our dreams, like seeds.
About Sara Thomsen:
“Thomsen’s soulful voice, poetic lyrics and unforgettable melodies cut through to the heart and the soul of human experience,” proclaims the Minnesota Women’s Press. Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen’s home base is in the Lake Superior region near the Twin Ports of Duluth/Superior. In addition to her solo work, Sara is a weaver of song and community singing. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. Sara is the founder and director of the Echoes of Peace Choir and a graduate of the Community Choir Leadership Training program led by Siobhan Robinsong and Denis Donnelly of Victoria.
We have allocated the Earth Day concerts proceeds towards the purchase of a flow measurement device for the FoBC Streamkeepers Salmon Recovery project. This helps keep the work of the streamkeepers group going. A portion of the concert proceeds remains for other needs.
Thanks to Gertie Jocksch, Earth Literacies Program, Sara Thomsen and the Earth Day 2021 concert participants for your support.