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History

The Renfrew Ravine is located in East Vancouver and runs along Atlin St. from 29th to 22nd Ave. It is one of the only remaining streams above ground in the City of Vancouver. Still Creek leaves its culvert at 29th Avenue and flows through the ravine before re-entering a culvert to cross 22nd Avenue reemerging in Renfrew Park.

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The area surrounding the ravine was once forest and swampland but a pattern of development gradually transformed the area from vast wilderness into the small island of green space that exists today.

Logging began in 1905 and the result is a predominately cottonwood-alder forest with an extensive undergrowth of invasive Himalayan Blackberries. Large Cedar stumps are the only remaining evidence of the once proud old-growth trees that once stood in the ravine.

Biodiversity

Today the ravine is home to over 58 species of birds, as well as squirrels, raccoons, opossums, mice, rats, skunks and coyotes.

The past few decades of ravine history have been one of community involvement. Neighbourhood studies, semi-annual garbage cleanups, storm grate markings, tree plantings, and public art installations have all been undertaken to restore a badly abused creek and raise awareness for this unique “jewel in the city.”