Bee Creek


Bee Creek is a small stream in Colwood that flows into Esquimalt Lagoon. It is one of perhaps a dozen of fresh water sources for the lagoon, along with Selleck Creek to the south and Colwood Creek to the north.

Its flow begins as groundwater seepage at the base of a rock escarpment, on federal land leased by Royal Roads University. The stream flows through young forest and shrubs on this land, then through Pacific Landing before discharging into Esquimalt Lagoon in a small estuary.

The surrounding watershed contains some ancient Coastal Douglas Fir forest, as well as residential areas and open fields that were once farmed. Unlike most streams, the flows in Bee Creek do not change much with the seasons, since it is fed by groundwater more than by rainwater. This unique characteristic has shaped much of the form, ecology and human use of the stream over the years. (City of Colwood, 2018)

The painting shown here is the work of Sheryl Parsons, who owns a studio in Pendray House at Pacific Landing.  Many of her images show the beauty of Pacific Landing, Havenwood Garden and Bee Creek.