Fisherman's Park and North Yards dike upgrades

Work is complete and the dikes are now open.

Project Description

Important flood protection improvements a to two key areas of the dike at Fisherman’s Park in Brackendale and by Whittaker Slough and the West Coast Railway Museum in North Yards.

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March through August.

Current Status

Updated August 21, 2015:

Flood protection improvements continue. Please exercise caution near the work zone and do not enter the closed portion of the dikes. 

Judd Slough and Whittaker Slough

  • Whittaker Slough access gate is open for fishing access to Mamquam Bar.
  • Work is expected to be completed within the coming week.
  • The contractor is demobilizing the sites; final grading to be complete during the week of August 24.

Scope and impact

In North Yards, the Squamish river dike will be raised and widened over a length of 800 metres by capping the existing dike and building out the landside toe over 600 metres, and the riverside toe over 200 metres. Erosion protection will also be added on 1,300 metres of previously raised sections. In Brackendale, erosion protection will be added on 1,000 metres of this previously raised section of the dike.

  • Sections of the dikes will be closed to access during the work to ensure public safety.
  • Vegetation clearing will be required in order to complete the dike work, affecting approximately 200 (mostly) deciduous trees that are required to be cut down in the Whittaker Slough area.

The community is being asked for its cooperation around contractor schedules to ensure their own safety and maintain the integrity of dike work while upgrades are in progress. 


This $1.8 million upgrade to the Squamish River dike system, will provide important flood protection improvements to two key areas of the dike at Fisherman’s Park in Brackendale and by Whittaker Slough and the West Coast Railway Museum in North Yards. This is the second phase of dike upgrade work; the first phase began in December 2012. 

As announced in May 2014, funding for the upgrades comes from a joint investment by the Government of Canda, the Province of British Columbia and the District of Squamish, with each providing one-third of the money, or approximately $600,000 each.

Please respect the work zone

The Squamish River Northyards dike between Spit Road and the CN rail bridge is closed to the public while important flood protection upgrades are underway. The "lower" trail between the CN rail bridge and the Mamquam bar remains open.

For your safety, and to maintain the integrity of the construction area, please respect the closure. Hazards may still exist even when workers aren't present.

The District is working closely with the contractor to complete this work quickly and safely so the area can reopen to the public as soon as possible. Any vandalism or disruption to the construction area may delay the project.

If this dike is one of your regular walking or cycling routes and you're looking for new areas to explore, please check out the trails map on our website (best viewed in IE or Firefox): 

Thank you for your cooperation!


Matt Simmons
Capital Projects Manager
604.815.5000 or email


Connections: 604.815.4040 (24-hour call centre)