Brant Wildlife Festival

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

March 18 to 22 – Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Rathtrevor

March 23 – Birding Tours with Christopher Stephens

  • 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Take a tour with field ornithologist and expert birder to learn all about local birds and migrating species.
  • $40 per person; pre-register by calling 250.248.3667 or email:

March 24 – Forest Bathing with Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours

  • 10:30 AM to 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.
  • $40 per person; pre-register by calling 250.248.3667 or email:

March 24 – Call of the Forest Film & Discussion

March 25 to 29 – Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Moorecroft

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

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 2 to 4 – Water Stewardship Symposium

April 3 – Coastal Bird Viewing and Identification

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Location: Brant Viewing Stand located just north along the Island Highway past Crescent Road West in Qualicum Beach.
  • Join Sandra Gray and Lynne Brookes at this event sponsored by the Arrowsmith Naturalists to learn all about coastal birds and to view them.
  • Admission: by donation

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 5 & 6 –  Elegant Threads

  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: The Commons (formerly Qualicum Elementary School) 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach
  • Admission: FREE
  • Join the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild for a show and sale featuring one of a kind hand-woven clothing, household linens and hand spun yarns.  You can also see demonstrations and participate in a silent auction.

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 Centre
  • 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.

April 13 – Bioblitz

  • Location: Milner Gardens & Woodland
  • Come join us and get outdoors for the 4th annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Bioblitz. Conduct a survey of plant and animal species. Whether you are new to bioblitzing and would like to gain some new skills or whether you are already experienced and want to contribute your expertise to biodiversity research, this event is for you.
  • Register at

April 14 – Hamilton Marsh Tour

April 14 – Creation by Oceanside Concert Choir

  • 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Knox United Church
  • You can enjoy the Oceanside Concert Choir as they perform Haydn’s Creation Oratorio.

April 20 – Foraging for Wild Edibles

  • 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
  • You can learn all about ocean delicacies. Local experts will discuss where and how to forage for shellfish and other edibles locally. Participants will also receive recipes.
  • Register here

Festival Sponsors

The Nature Trust of BC coordinates the festival with sponsorship from: