Retrace your steps towards the Seaside Cottages (3) and turn right, down Union Road towards the Lagoon Causeway (5).Based on 1937 map.
At the Lagoon may be seen spawning salmon, various migratory birds, ducks and geese, kingfishers, herons, otters and beavers.
Proceed onto the Causeway
The causeway we see today was built by the Union Steamship Company in 1925 to link the hotel grounds with Snug Cove. The first settlers crossed by boat or a huge log which spanned the water. Before the concrete causeway was built, camping along the foreshore of what became the lagoon was very popular.
Built in 1910, this wooden bridge replaced the bundled logs that formed the first crossing of the Lagoon. It was destroyed by a storm in 1924, and replaced with the current concrete causeway in 1925. The lamp-lit causeway allowed visitors to access the northern parts of the Steamship estate, but also led to a rose-arboured pathway known as The Rockery, where there were benches to enjoy the view and listen to the band playing nearby.
Looking over the edge of the causeway, east and west, you will see various structures built to support migrating chum and coho salmon.
In 1991, the concrete apron of the causeway was modified to add two fishways; a sloped fishway to assist salmon entering the lagoon to spawn, and a baffle fishway to reduce the outmigrating smolts’ vulnerability to predation. Above the causeway can be seen the gravel spawning bed that was added on 2011.