Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park
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Vancouver Island

Bird Watching

Bald Eagles in a tree

The Vancouver Island region has water to thank for its incomparable birding opportunities – more than 220 bird species are sighted here every year.

Ocean, marshes, lakes and rivers support a vast array of bird species, including bald eagles, brant geese and trumpeter swans. There are forests with birds such as owls and songbirds aplenty, too.

While bird numbers swell considerably during the spring and fall migrations, hundreds of species live year-round in the area, so anytime is a good time for birding on Vancouver Island. Some birding hotspots on Vancouver Island include Somenos Marsh Wildlife Refuge (Duncan), Courtenay River Estuary, Pacific Northwest Raptors, Swan Lake (Victoria), Esquimalt Lagoon (near Victoria), and Goldstream Provincial Park (near Victoria).

Most Vancouver Island birdwatching areas allow for self-guided birding tours, but there are also birding specific guided tours are available in some locations.

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