2020 Festival

A Spring Celebration of Nature - we welcome the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, fish and marine mammals to the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island in March and April. The Brant come to rest and feed before continuing their arduous northern journey to their nesting grounds. 


List of fun events and activities that run during the festival. There’s something for the whole family!


Where It All Began

The origins of the Brant Wildlife Festival trace back to a little restaurant in Bayside Inn and to two local Oceanside residents, Neil Dawe and Bashir El-Khalafawi. Read the fascinating story . . .


Nature & Spring

Spring at Sea

By Amie Arnet, Public Education Lead at Deep Bay Marine Field Station: When people think about spring, they often associate it with colourful flowers, baby animals and a time for[…]

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Brant in the Bay Opening Day

Spring and the Brant Wildlife Festival

By Rosemary Taylor, Arrowsmith Naturalists: Don’t miss out on the Brant Wildlife Festival – one of this area’s main attractions heralding the arrival of spring. So much to see and[…]

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BRANT in flight by Guy Monty

Community Agriculture and Nature

By Janet Thony, President, Coombs Farmers’ Institute: At first glance, it may appear that there are few opportunities that would inspire a conversation that could link the topics of agriculture[…]

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