Events

Brant Wildlife Festival

The 2020 Festival runs March 21 to April 19 and will feature events for all ages on Vancouver Island.


March 21

Birds of the Salish Sea: Enjoy bird-watching at Seaside Nature Park in Qualicum Beach (just north along the Island Highway past Crescent Road West)

March 23 – 27, Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm

Go Wild Nature Camp for Kids: Children aged 6 to 9 are invited to Go Wild and spend an incredible spring break in the outdoors at Moorecroft Regional Park with our energetic Park Naturalists. Discovery is in our nature during this week full of nature inspired fun and adventure. Cost is $193.80 per child/5 days. Register at www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call 250-248-3252.

March 27, 2 – 4pm

Tour of the Little Qualicum Estuary: Enjoy a walking tour led by Qualicum Beach Steamkeepers and British Columbia Conservation Foundation of a protected conservation area highlighting the work being undertaken to revegetate a critical ecosystem impacted for many decades by industrial use with native trees and plants. Turn off Highway 19A on the west side of Qualicum Beach onto Kincaid Road, then left onto Surfside Drive. Parking is available.

March 27, 6 – 8pm

Migration Ecology of Pacific Brant: Bird expert and researcher Sean Boyd will be sharing the latest information about Brant with a special emphasis on those that rest and feed in Parksville-Qualicum in the spring. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Hosted by The Nature Trust of BC. $10 per person. Pre-register by calling toll-free 1.866.288.7878 or email egrondin@naturetrust.bc.ca

March 28, 9am – 12:00pm

Birds, Basic ID and Bird-watching: Enjoyable, practical, beginner to intermediate workshop for participants aged 16 and up at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. $40+tax per person. Pre-register at www.niwra.org or call 250.248.8534

March 28, 10:30am – 1pm

Forest Bathing: Guide Ronda Murdock invites you to come relax, rejuvenate and soak up nature’s restorative medicines on a slow paced, sensory and mindful forest bathing experience. Maximum 10 participants. Pre-registration required. $40 per person. Contact Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours at 250.248.3667 or mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com

March 28 + 29, 8 – 11am + 12:30 – 3:30pm

Birding Tours: Christopher Stephens, a field ornithologist and expert birder, with over 14 years of experience in the Vancouver area and on Vancouver Island, will lead these tours. He completed field and academic studies of the Swainson’s Thrush in many of the areas where he provides tours. He also writes nature articles and enjoys sharing the latest BC bird research findings. Maximum 12 participants. Pre-registration required. $40 per person. Contact Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours at 250.248.3667 or mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com

March 29, 11am – 3pm

Brant in the Bay: View Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes at Parksville Community Park and view interesting displays provided by the Arrowsmith Naturalists. FREE

March 30, 11am; April 2, 1pm; April 3, 11am; April 6, 1pm

Guided Field Station Tours: Join knowledgeable guides at Deep Bay as they discuss features of this green building, marine conservation, sustainable seafood and more in interactive group tours. $12 per person. Register at deepbay@viu.ca

April 3 – 4, 10am – 4pm

Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild Show & Sale: Featuring one-of-a-kind sale of hand-woven clothing, household linens and hand-spun yarns at the Commons, 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach. You can also see demonstrations and participate in a silent auction. FREE

April 4, 11am – 3pm

Eagle Release: Check out owls, eagles, falcons and bears, as well as a wildlife garden at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. A rehabilitated eagle will be released into the wild at 2pm. Suggested donation $10 per person: children and under FREE. For more information visit www.niwra.org

April 4, 10am – 5pm; April 5, 10am – 4pm

Pacific Brant Carving & Art Show – 30th Anniversary: Drop by this outstanding show organized by the Oceanside Woodcarvers in partnership with DeCosmos Fine Arts Society at Parksville Community Centre, featuring Pacific Brant Carving Competition, art expo, and a wood working show and sale. The show also includes wildlife art and photography. $5 per person. For more details www.thebrant.ca

April 11, 3 – 7pm

Wedding for Wildlife: Get married and support nature! Enjoy a heart-felt ceremony in public at Seaside Nature Park gazebo in Qualicum Beach. Couples will be legally married by Ceri Peacey of Oceanside Celebrant Services and Taryn Pickard of Innocent Thunder Photography will take photos. Newlyweds can stop by The Shady Rest for a free dessert and drink. The cost is a $400 donation per couple to support the Brant Wildlife Festival. Only 5 couples will be married so register early! Call toll-free 1.866.288.7878 or email egrondin@naturetrust.bc.ca to donate and register.

April 18, 9am – 12pm or 1 – 4pm

Bioblitz: Come join us and get outdoors for the 5th 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 skills, or you are experienced and want to contribute your expertise to biodiversity research, this event is for you. Register at www.mabr.ca

April 19

Hamilton Marsh Tour: Details TBC. Hosted by the the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society and Arrowsmith Naturalists


The Nature Trust of British Columbia is working with local community groups and volunteers to present the 2020 festival. The festival would not be possible without the generous support of the City of Parksville, Mid Island Co-op., and Town of Qualicum Beach, as well as local event sponsors and volunteers.