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Fish Traps

Fish Trap Experience Video​​ by Fox and Bee Media
Visiting the Fish Traps
The SD71 Indigenous Curriculum Support Teachers, with permission from the K'omoks First Nation, have a limited number of spaces to take classes who have been working on curriculum that would connect to this local wonder on a tour. This page has some great background information and lessons plans to prepare your class. Please see following link for low tide times that are compatible to school hours and for other pertinent information. Fish Trap Visit Times
Caretaking of the Land - information for your visit.
We have been graced permission and support from the K'omoks First Nation to teach about the fish traps to classes that come down to the harbour. Ideas to the K'omoks First Nation that are important and put into practise are sustainability, respect and care taking of the land. Could you please talk to your students about this same practise while visiting outdoor areas and while on this tour. If you could specifically ask students to tread lightly on the shoreline, leave everything in its place, especially the small crabs (leave them on ground, do not step on them or poke them with sticks) that they will see when on the harbour.
Also we find a reminder about what outdoor learning looks like and sounds like would be great and how that would look different than free beach time playing, which perhaps could be given before or after the fish trap tour with us.
​Thanks all for helping to ensure that this is a successful and meaningful visit. 
In most school libraries, you will find the book called, Orca Chief, by Roy Henry Vickers. It would be an excellent book to discuss with your class about respecting the environment.
orca chief

For more informatin about the traps, check out Project Watershed's site:



The information on this page comes from Comox Valley Archaeologists Nancy Greene and David McGee view their full report here.


Results of highly detailed mapping and radiocarbon dating at a vast and largely unknown intertidal fish trap complex indicate a large-scale, technologically sophisticated Aboriginal trap fishery operated at Comox Harbour, Vancouver Island, British Columbia between about 1,300 and 100 years ago...

Pre-Teaching Lessons

nancy Greene
Lesson 1:
Supporting Materials:  
K'omoks Estuary Speaks - for video see above or click here​
Lesson 2:
Supporting Materials:  
Fishing Trap Experience- for video see above or click here​.
K'omoks Estuary: A Cultural and Archeological Treasure video - see below

on the harbour

A Visit to the Comox Harbour and Fish Traps ​Lesson
Tour Talking Points

A reflection on that visit example...

Some background information: 

Understanding Aboriginal Fisheries In British Columbia  website from Indigenous Foundations UBC​...


 Fishing Since Time Immemorial, Coast Salish Harvesting Methods, The introduction of canneries and a wage-based economy,The creation of an Aboriginal “food fishery”, Aboriginal fisheries in the courts: Sparrow, Van der Peet, and other legal challenges, Not a “race-based” fishery.

The K'omoks​ Estuary Speaks

Kus-Kus-Um - Unpave Paradise Project

​by Jessica Speck - a journey spearheaded by project Watershed to restore the old Fields Sawmill site back it nature to help preserve the Comox Valley estuary and it's diverse eco-system.

​K'omoks Estuary: A Cultural and Archealogicial Treasure