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The brant festival all began with a newspaper article in 1990. It has since grown into a yearly event with many activities and all centered around a celebration of the Brant geese and a connection to nature.

You can read the full history here and also the life and breeding cycle of them here

There are numerous bird watching, identifying and feeding events that the everyone can take part in.

March 30, Birding Walk at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park 

Begins at 9 am with a low admission fee of 1.00 and meeting at the main parking lot and Arrowsmith naturalists will lead the way

April 3, 10 & 16, Guided Station Tours

The Deep Bay Marine Field Station, more info here  This is a must to see, most people are impressed with all the offerings here. Admission is 12.00 but well worth it. Check out the Orca skeleton

April 5, Little Qualicum River Estuary Tour

BCCF and Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers for a one to two hour tour of the Little Qualicum River estuary regional conservation area – key wildlife habitat for fish and birds.

April 7 & 8, Pacific Brant & Carving Show 

Check out the amazing wood carvings – Vancouver Island Woodcarvers Club . Poster for this event is here

April 14, Eagle Release

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington 11am-3pm visit the NIWRC website 

April 14, Exploring the Surprisingly Agile Minds of Waterfowl

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Nature Trust of BC at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville. $10 per person

April 15, Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants Walk

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

April 19, Foraging for Wild Edibles

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

April 21, Bioblitz

9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Englishman River Regional Park/Top Bridge Park trail head

9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Milner Gardens & Woodland

April 22, Brant Wildlife Interpretive Park Dedication

April 28, Hamilton Marsh Tour  

Hamilton Marsh

More information can be found on all of the above listed events at the Brant Wildlife Festival Events Page here 

Check out the specials and stay awhile. Relax and Enjoy