Seal Cove restoration project will enhance lives of people and wildlife

by ConnectLA

Connect LA to turn underused waterfront marsh into a wildlife habitat and community hub.

Prince Rupert, BC – Connect Landscape Architecture is proud to announce that the Seal Cove Restoration project in Prince Rupert is officially underway. Seal Cove was a small bay subjected to anthropogenic change over time and currently sustains low value fish habitat.  The community-based design transforms this underused waterfront setting into a community destination experience connecting the Rushbrook Trail and waterfront greenway.

The Toronto Star reported about this $4 million investment to restore the site to its natural state, along with improvements to attract recreational visitors.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to incorporate habitat compensation, environmental sustainability, and create a new public space for the community,” says Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. 

The intertidal salt marsh and eelgrass beds will be restored to improve fish, marine, and riparian habitat. The park will include perimeter lighting and pathway, retain historic wooden trestle, daylight the creek with feature pedestrian bridge, add cedar seating, picnicking, and interpretive signage. The gently terraced open meadow area allows for flexible use recreational space and spectacular views to the harbour and mountains.   

“This sustainable, new development will enhance the lives of both people and wildlife, as well as upholds the Prince Rupert 2030 Vision for our community,” Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain. 

This project exemplifies habitat restoration and biodiversity, shoreline resilience and responding to sea level rise. At the community level this is a great place to recreate, enjoy, and rejuvenate. The project is set to complete in July 2021.

About Connect Landscape Architecture

Connect LA is a full-service landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over 35 years of award-winning success make us a recognized leader in the design and transformation of healthy, vibrant communities. Our diverse portfolio in planning, design and creation of livable places for people is exemplified by our passion for landscape, love for our craft, and through our vision – to connect people to nature through meaningful design.

For media inquiries or additional information, please contact:

Ken Larsson (principal) 

Connect Landscape Architecture Inc.

[email protected]


Prince Rupert Port Authority

City of Prince Rupert

Moffatt & Nichol


Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance


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