Brant Wildlife Festival

A Spring Celebration of Nature 

We are excited to announce that organization and facilitation of the long-standing Brant Wildlife Festival has been transferred to the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR). The Nature Trust of BC has been organizing the festival since 2007. We are grateful for their commitment to the festival over the last 16 years, along with integral support from Ceri Peacey and essential support from many individuals.

The MABR is a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The MABR inspires a positive future for all living species by facilitating collaboration, coordinating participatory research, and supporting environmental, social, cultural, and economic sustainability.

Photograph by Angie Ooms.

Dog Closure Notice

Each spring, thousands of Brant fly non-stop from Mexico to the Strait of Georgia where they have a short time to feed on eelgrass, green algae and herring roe in order to regain their weight and strength before making another non-stop flight to the Alaska Peninsula and then on to their nesting grounds in Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and beyond.

Humans and dogs in close proximity to Brant cause them to take flight, preventing them from feeding or resting.  For this reason, restrictions are in place to minimize disturbances to Brant during their migration.  Please note the following restrictions:

  • Qualicum public beaches: closed to dogs from March 1 – April 30 annually.
  • Parksville Bay Beach: closed to dogs from March 1 – April 30.
  • Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area: temporarily closed to dogs.
  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park: sandy day-use beach along the east shore of the park is closed to pets year-round.  Leashed pets are only permitted on the rocky north shore of the park from May 1 – Feb 14.


Coming Up

2024 Brant Wildlife Festival

The Brant Wildlife Festival aims to connect community with the spectacular migratory return of Brant geese to raise awareness for the biological diversity within the region and highlight the importance of protecting critical habitat and minimizing disturbance to wildlife. The Brant Wildlife Festival takes place during a time where wildlife is extremely active, with Brant Geese preparing for their migration and herring spawning, many other species are attracted to the shores and waters. Beaches within the MABR and surrounding areas provide an abundant food source for the Brant geese in the midst of their migration.

The Brant Wildlife Festival brings together thousands of people each year to celebrate nature. The festival hosts a multitude of events in the Spring that connect people with nature, educate people of all ages on topics of conservation, and celebrate the incredible biodiversity our region has to offer. The Brant Wildlife Festival is the only one of its kind on Vancouver Island.

The 2024 Brant Wildlife Festival is taking place from April 5th – 8th, with a bonus event on April 27th. Visit our event calendar for more information!

We acknowledge and thank the Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as, Snuneymuxw, K’ómox, Tseshaht, Hupacasath, and Ditidaht First Nations, on whose traditional lands the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region is situated within.

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