Maplewood Marine Restoration Project

About the project

The Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, approximately two kilometres east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, in a marine site that was identified as a restoration priority by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The site lies within a large marine tidal area immediately south of a wildlife conservation area. The upland Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is managed and administered by Environment Canada and operated by the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia.

Location of the proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project

The project site is located within a deep waterlot basin – up to nine metres deep – that was dredged in the 1940s to support a gravel extraction business and was later used as a log storage area. The project is anticipated to enhance approximately five hectares of low-value marine habitat into higher-value marine habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.

The project will be delivered by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Habitat Enhancement Program, which focuses on creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat to help maintain a balance between a healthy environment and future infrastructure development that may be required for port operations. A portion of the marine habitat created at the project site will be used to fulfil the fisheries habitat offsetting requirements for the Centerm Expansion Project, as determined by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Current status

Implementation/construction phase

The Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is currently in the Implementation/Construction phase. The permitting and approvals process, which included engagement with Aboriginal groups and public and stakeholder consultation, was completed in early 2019.

Marine works construction started in September 2019 and is expected to take up to 12 months, on and off, and is dependent on tides. To mitigate potential impacts to fish and fish habitat from construction, most work will be scheduled to occur within the annual least-risk work window for Burrard Inlet (August 16 to February 28). For any work that occurs outside of this least-risk window, appropriate mitigation measures will be put in place.

The project team continues to work closely with Indigenous groups while also engaging stakeholders and regulators, and will notify the public of project updates, as appropriate.





September 2019 – Project overview – Maplewood Marine Restoration Project [PDF]
November 2018 – Consideration report – Maplewood Marine Restoration Project [PDF]
November 2018 – Consultation summary report – Maplewood Marine Restoration Project [PDF]
June 2018 – Field Studies Notification [PDF]
April 2018 – Field Studies Notification [PDF]
March 2018 – Field Studies Notification [PDF]