Tod Inlet barbecue celebrates BC Parks

BC Parks is turning 100 and is inviting the community to join in the celebration. If you enjoyed salmon roasted the traditional Coast Salish way, as offered in the first two events, you’ll like it with vegetables cooked in the pit as well. This will be just one of the features offered at an event at Tod Inlet on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s the final of three events held by by the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society celebrating history, culture and science related to Tod Inlet. Along with the barbecue, there will be a treasure hunt for children and craft-making. A model of the Tod Creek watershed will be on display, and at 11 a.m. there will be an ethno-botanical tour. Bring along memories about the inlet for inclusion in the Saanich Inlet and Peninsula Coastal Community Map project. Stay for the food, which will be ready sometime around noon.

This is an area rich in a diverse history. Local First Nations lived here for generations and referred to the land around Tod Inlet as SNITCEL (pronounced “sneak with”) which translates into Place of the Blue Grouse. They continue to practice their rights under the Douglas Treaty. Pioneers and Chinese workers lived in the area for more than 50 years, starting in the early 1900s.

Anyone who wants to bring root vegetables to cook in the pit is asked to have them on site by 9 a.m. Bring your own dishes and drink, pack garbage and recyclables back out with you, and keep dogs on a leash.

For more information, call the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society at 250-652-1662 or email

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