Bodega Ridge is named after Captain Juan Francisco de le Bodega y Quadra, who commanded the ship Nootka when Captain Vancouver arrived here in 1792.
This park protects critical habitat for the endangered peregrine falcon, who nest, feed and raise their young along the cliffs that overlook Trincomali Channel. These cliffs also provided habitat for bald eagles and turkey vultures. Unique sandstone formations support large wildflower populations, which are known for their splendour and can be enjoyed from the water by boaters and paddlers passing the park. The park contains unique plant communities such as the hairy manzanita and Gray’s desert-parsley.
The foreshore area is important habitat for rockfish (especially copper and quillback), lingcod, sea perches and invertebrate species such as crabs, bivalves, red and green sea urchins, shrimp, starfish and sponges. The weathervane scallop is found in Trincomali Channel, only one of two areas in British Columbia with sizeable populations.Bodega Ridge also protects the rare manzanita, a special shrub species, as well as grasslands and Douglas fir ecosystems, which are poorly represented in the Gulf Islands.
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