Matson Conservation Area (MCA)
Owned and managed by Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT), this waterfront conservation area along the WestSong Walkway in Esquimalt features Victoria Harbour’s last remaining Garry oak ecosystems. The MCA is a demonstration site for urban habitat conservation and community education. The management plan includes a restoration strategy fueled by community groups and neighbours. Meadows, rock balds, and vernal seeps are fringed by arbutus woods and wet ravine forest. Camas and other native plants grow beneath the floating walkway that leads up to a unique view of the city and Inner Harbour. At the top, a drought-proofed naturescape garden planted by volunteers still contains remnants of the European meadow gardens dating from the colonial period. Habitat restoration volunteers are welcome — please contact us! Partners include Mandalay Developments, the Township of Esquimalt, Friends of Matson Lands, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.