Briony and Caroline Penn protected their property in the Monty Creek watershed, joining a protected area network that, thanks to other landowners in their community, protects the beautiful watershed all the way to the sea. The creek hosts a huge diversity of flora and fauna, including species at risk like cutthroat trout and red-legged frogs. After passing through the Penn's and neighbouring properties, the creek empties into an estuary where shellfish are abundant and sea birds overwinter.
Monty Creek was named by Briony and Caroline's great-grandfather after his son, their grandfather. But the area and former village site near the mouth of the creek has a much older Sencoten name - Wennanec, meaning 'facing Saanich'. Briony and Caroline honoured the original place name and Saanich people by naming their protected area Wennanec.
The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant
After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil now enjoy a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.
Page last updated: 13/08/18