Trincomali Nature Sanctuary begins at the water's edge with high
coastal bluffs towering over Trincomali Channel. The 12
hectare sanctuary continues on to protect a second-growth coastal
Douglas-fir forest at the top of the bluffs, protecting veteran old
growth giants that were spared from past logging activity.
The sanctuary as also provides a natural green buffer to a wetland
on an adjoining property.
Trincomali's cliffs are a sanctuary to nesting Double-crested
and Pelagic Cormorants - biologists say this protected area may be
one of the most successful colonies in the Strait of Georgia.
Cormorants choose steep rock faces for their nests to protect their
young from their biggest predators - Bald Eagles. Other
seabirds, such as Glaucous-winged Gulls and Pigeon Guillemots also
nest on the cliffs away from the hungry beaks of eagles.
In the 1990's, the forests of Trincomali ridge were logged
sporadically and the site was prepped for subdivision, which would
have resulted in four new residential lots. Realizing the
imminent threat to this special habitat, TLC The Land Conservancy
of British Columbia and Habitat Acquisition Trust embarked on a
campaign to raise the money needed to purchase the property from
the development company that owned it at the time.
The Islands Trust Fund joined the partnership in 2000 with the
ability to provide an innovative new tool to the negotiations - a
section 99 subdivision - allowing the property owner to easily
subdivide the portion of the property with the most critical
habitat and sell that land at a reduced price to the conservation
agencies while retaining a portion of the lot for future use. But
the partnership still had some funds to raise to finish the
purchase. In 2001, the federal government stepped forward
with the final $45,000. In 2001, the property was purchased
and protected as a nature sanctuary.
Cormorants and the other rare seabirds that find sanctuary in
this protected area are easily disturbed and intolerant of any kind
of threat to their young, including humans. These species are
known to abandon their nests if disturbed frequently by people
above and below the cliffs. Even a kayak passing too closely
or a landing sea-plane can flush the birds from their nest.
If you pass Trincomali Nature Sanctuary by water, please keep a
safe distance between your boat and the cliffs and watch for any
signs of stress to the birds. If you walk in the sanctuary,
please respect sections above the cliff that are closed to the
public and leash your pets to avoid unexpected encounters.
With your help, we can maintain this site as one of the most
successful cormorant colonies in the Strait of Georgia.
TLC The Land Conservancy of British Columbia and Habitat
Acquisition Trust hold a conservation covenant on Trincomali
Nature Sanctuary and Habitat Acquisition Trust manages the property
on behalf of the Islands Trust Fund.
The Islands Trust Fund's primary concern for this site is
protection of the seabird colonies. The Islands Trust Fund is
working with local sea-plane operators and boaters to reduce
disturbances in that part of Trincomali Channel. We will also
continue to monitor use of the property to make sure low-impact
recreational use of the property doesn't have an impact on the
With the help of Habitat Acquisition Trust, the Islands
Trust Fund is removing invasive species such as Scotch broom from
the sanctuary. The management plan for Trincomali Nature
Sanctuary can be viewed here.