Brant Wildlife Festival

The 2019 Festival will occur in March and April on Vancouver Island.

March 23 – Birding Tour with Christopher Stephens

March 24 – Forest Bathing with Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours

  • Two tours: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Join knowledgeable and experienced eco-tour guides for the ultimate forest bathing experience to embrace the healing properties of trees, forest plants, ferns, mosses and lichens.

March 26, 28, April 1, 3, 5 – Deep Bay Marine Field Station Guided Tours

  • Mar 26, Apr 1 & 3: 11:00 AM
  • Mar 28, Apr 5: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
  • Register online to attend; $12 per adult; $6 children ages 6 – 17; ages 5 & under FREE
  • Join the knowledgeable guides at Deep Bay as they discuss features of this green building, marine conservation, sustainable seafood, and more in interactive group tours.

March 29 – “Winged Migration” Film

  • Doors open 6:30 PM; movie begins 7:00 PM
  • Location: Arrowsmith Independent School
  • Admission by donation

March 31 – Brant in the Bay with the Arrowsmith Naturalists

  • 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Parksville Community Park
  • Join the Arrowsmith Naturalists for this FREE event to view Brant geese and other birds, and have all your nature questions answered.

April 5 – Rare Birds & Wildlife Presentation by Dr. Sarah Otto

  • 6:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville
  • Join The Nature Trust of BC to hear Genius Award winner Dr. Sarah Otto highlight species at risk across Canada, especially birds.

April 6 – Eagle Release hosted by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

  • 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
  • Admission: $5 suggested donation per person; children 12 & under FREE
  • Join us to see owls, eagles, falcons and bears, as well as a wildlife garden. A rehabilitated eagle will be released into the wild at 2:00 PM.

April 6 and 7 – Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show

  • Sat April 6 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sun April 7 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Parksville Community Center
  • Admission: $5
  • The show is organized by the Vancouver Island Woodcarvers Club and is a combined event including the Pacific Brant Carving Competition, the Pacific Northwest Fish Carving Championship and a separate competition for Woodturnings. The show also features a Wildlife Art and Photography Show & Sale and new Art Expo.

The Nature Trust of BC coordinates the festival with sponsorship from the City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Mid Island Co-op.