Charleson Bay Island

Restoring shoreline and promoting indigenous environmental education.


Langara College


Humanities and Social Sciences


ENVS 2100


  • Mike Smith-Cairns
  • Drew Egan

City of Vancouver:

  • Brad Badelt
  • Angela Danyluk

Student Team:

  • Tyler Anderson
  • Aaron Baerg
  • Shivam Mohapatra
  • Bonny Miseljic


  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)


Fall Semester 2019


We are proposing the construction and installation of a small island within the Charleson Park bay. This new piece of land, “Charleson Island,” would be home to indigenous plant life and have the potential to have local and indigenous art installations on it. The impact of this island will increase the value of the area in the form of aesthetic appeal, community engagement, and education around indigenous plant life and culture. In turn, the redevelopment of the bay will restore habitat lost for both marine and terrestrial wildlife. Our project aligns with the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy goal #12: Environments to Thrive In, and Greenest City 2020, and goal #5: Access to Nature. It  will improve the health of the city’s urban environment, contribute to the planting of trees and natural infrastructure, and provide more habitat space for wildlife. Furthermore, the inclusion of indigenous plant life and for indigenous art installations will bring important awareness and recognition of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam history.

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