2023 Oceanside

Brant Wildlife Festival

The Brant Wildlife Festival celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese as they rest and feed on the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


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Welcome to the

32nd Annual Brant Wildlife Festival!

Welcome to the 32nd Annual Brant Wildlife Festival!  The namesake for this spring celebration of nature is the chatty Brant Goose who flies from Mexico to Alaska to breed.  Our shores are pivotal for fattening up these little geese so they have energy for the flight. Together Parksville and Qualicum Beach comprise the Brant Capital of Canada.

The festival connects local businesses, stewardship groups, and community groups who work together to create and promote educational and entertaining events highlighting the biodiversity of this amazing part of Vancouver Island.  Many migrations take place in concert with the annual Herring run.

This year’s festival takes place from March 31st through April 9th, 2023. 

Enjoy bonus activities April 14, 15, and 16.

Brant Geese on the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach
Baby brant geese Parksville and Qualicum Beach

The Nature Trust of BC and the Brant Wildlife Festival would like to acknowledge with gratitude that the land on which we gather and host our events is on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples, the Qualicum and Snaw-Na-Was First Nations.

Festival Guide

Upcoming Events

Be part of the journey of the Brant Wildlife Festival in Parksville and Qualicum. Explore nature right outside your door. Follow the bird trail, #spotthebrant, and explore the estuary.

There is something for everyone!

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Who We Are

About the Brant Wildlife Festival

For 18 years the Brant Wildlife Festival was spearheaded by the Mid Island Wildlife Watch Society. Over time, the society was challenged to secure the financial and human resources necessary to organize and operate the festival. In June 2006, the members dissolved the society and transferred the assets to The Nature Trust of British Columbia.

Brant geese festival Parksville and Qualicum Beach
Brant Wildlife Festival Geese Flying

Get Involved

The Brant Wildlife Festival came to be and is made possible by the continued support of businesses, community members and local organizations. These groups and individuals are the backbone of our Festival.

Host an Event

We are always looking for nature-related events including tours, educational events, art shows, and more. Do you or your organization have an idea for an event? We’d love to hear from you!

Spot The Brant Contest

Ready to embark on a mission to find all of the Brants around town and be entered to win great prizes? See if you can find the Brant Geese at local businesses in Parksville and Qualicum.

  • Take a selfie with a painted brant goose
  • Post it to social media with hashtag #spotthebrant
    Thank You


    The Brant Wildlife Festival is made possible by the continued support of businesses, community members and local organizations. These groups and individuals are the backbone of our Festival.

    Brant Wildlife Festival geese

    Brant News

    Stay up to date with the latest Brant news.

    Brant Count – April 19, 2022

    Brant Count – April 19, 2022

    Small numbers of Brant were reported from each count area. North: at Surfside Drive West, Little Qualicum Estuary, there were 56 Brant along the shore. Central: French Creek and Columbia Beach, a total of 60 Brant were observed flying east in small groups. There were...

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    Into the Future

    Into the Future

    Planning the 2021 Brant Wildlife Festival was like entering uncharted territory. The public health restrictions meant that we could not have gatherings or our traditional events, but with determination and public support, the self-directed festival was a success. This...

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    Forage Fish – The Foundation of Our Marine Food Web

    Forage Fish – The Foundation of Our Marine Food Web

    In Our Waters: Part II by Ross Peterson Forage fish are the foundation of our marine food web. With Pacific sand lance, surf smelt and Pacific herring, these little fish support many of the more obvious icons that we associate with our coast, such as rock fish,...

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