Coastal shoreline surveys

The environmental data gleaned from these studies will be used to strengthen our science-based decision-making and will help protect our marine environments and communities.

Shoreline survey of current conditions

Saanich Inlet and Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia
August 8 to 15, 2022

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Emergencies Science and Technology Section is an internationally recognized research team with an established oil spill research and development program focused on addressing shoreline issues.

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, these scientists are carrying out a number of studies to gather current data about the conditions of Canada’s shorelines. This work is important because shorelines are environmentally sensitive and need protection in the event of a spill.

In British Columbia, from August 8 to 15, 2022, ECCC shoreline specialists will be conducting a scientific survey of selected shorelines throughout the priority coastline of the Saanich Inlet and the Southern Gulf Islands.

This work follows extensive planning with Indigenous communities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and industry. ECCC is collaborating with many agencies to collect as much data as possible across all scientific fields.

The survey will include measuring the slope of the shoreline, taking photos, digging a few test pits to determine the types and depth of sediments and taking sediment samples. All surveys are being done at low tide so that scientists can study the exposed shoreline zones.

The environmental data from these studies will be used to strengthen our science-based decision-making and will help protect our marine environments and communities from the potential effects of spills and day-to-day vessel operations.

Ground surveys will take place at specific sites around Saanich Inlet and the Southern Gulf Islands:

  • August 8, 2022 – Malahat Beach
  • August 9, 2022 – Hatch Beach
  • August 9, 2022 – North Bamberton
  • August 10, 2022 – East Portland
  • August 10, 2022 – North Portland
  • August 11, 2022 – Alridge Point
  • August 11, 2022 – Medicine Beach
  • August 12, 2022 – Tl’ulpalus Beach
  • August 12, 2022 – Burgoyne Bay
  • August 13, 2022 – Bamberton Beach
  • August 13, 2022 – Goldstream / Flex site
  • August 14, 2022 – North Verdier
  • August 14, 2022 – South Verdier
  • August 15, 2022 – Coles Bay

Coastlines surveyed to date include

British Columbia:

  • Fraser River Delta
  • Burrard Inlet, in the Port of Vancouver area and Indian Arm
  • Douglas Channel
  • Grenville Channel
  • Several islands along the eastern side of Hecate Strait British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii Island

Nova Scotia:

  • Port Hawkesbury
  • Straits of Canso

New Brunswick:

  • Saint John
  • Bay of Fundy


  • Parc National du Bic, near the community of baie du Ha! Ha!

For additional information

Emergencies Science and Technology Section
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Ottawa, Ontario.
Telephone: 613-998-9622

Related links

Enhancing emergency preparedness and response

Report to Canadians: Investing in our coasts through the Oceans Protection Plan

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