In the 1950s, the Penticton Creek was ‘channelized’ in response to flooding that devastated Penticton’s downtown. While the concrete channel helped with flood management, native fish species struggled with the loss of natural creek habitat and populations dropped. Over time, the concrete channel deteriorated.
In 2012, the community identified the restoration of the creek as a priority for the Downtown Plan and in 2018, Council approved a plan to restore the creek in several phases over many years at an estimated cost of $30 million. Two previous projects addressed the restoration of the creek between Ellis Street and Nanaimo Avenue just downstream of this new project and three other projects have addressed some of the upstream sections of the creek.
Next Phase of Work Set to Begin
Work on the next phase of the project to naturalize and restore flood protection on Penticton Creek is set to begin. The City has awarded the contract to restore Reach 3A Upper and 3B to H&M Construction Ltd. H&M completed three previous sections of the Penticton creek restoration project and plans to mobilize on the site as early as Wednesday June 29, 2022.
This phase will involve the removal of Nanaimo Avenue Bridge to ensure that the future creek flows, under flooding conditions, can safely pass through this section of the creek. The remaining activities are planned to take place in the creek also during July. This will involve redirecting the creek, removing concrete, undertaking earthworks and installing river rock.
This webpage answers frequently asked questions and provides updates about construction schedules and road closures. Check back regularly for updates.