British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Vancouver Island Region (Parksville-Port Alberni-Tofino Viewing Sites)
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Within the Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet portion of the Vancouver Island Region, the following 14 viewing sites are identified.

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   Big Qualicum Spawning Channel and Hatchery

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Big Qualicum Hatchery
215 Fisheries Road, Qualicum Beach, B.C. Canada V9K 1Z5
phone: (250) 757-8412
fax: (250) 757-8741
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   Englishman River Estuary

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BC Environment, Vancouver Island Region
2080 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9T 6J9
phone: (250) 751-3100
fax: (250) 751-3103

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   Hamilton Swamp

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BC Environment, Vancouver Island Region
2080 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9T 6J9
phone: (250) 751-3100
fax: (250) 751-3103

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   J.V. Clyne Bird Sanctuary

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BC Environment, Vancouver Island Region
2080 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9T 6J9
phone: (250) 751-3100
fax: (250) 751-3103

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   Little Qualicum Hatchery

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Little Qualicum Hatchery
4745 Melrose Road, Qualicum Beach, B.C. Canada V0R 1V3
phone: (250) 752-3231
fax: (250) 752-2184
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   Pacific Rim National Park

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Parks Canada, Pacific Rim National Park
Box 280, Ucluelet, B.C. Canada V0R 3A0
phone: (250) 726-7721
fax: (250) 726-4720
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   Pacific Rim National Park (Broken Islands)

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Parks Canada, Pacific Rim National Park
Box 280, Ucluelet, B.C. Canada V0R 3A0
phone: (250) 726-7721
fax: (250) 726-4720
e-mail

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   Pacific Rim National Park (Long Beach)

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Parks Canada, Pacific Rim National Park
Box 280, Ucluelet, B.C. Canada V0R 3A0
phone: (250) 726-7721
fax: (250) 726-4720
e-mail

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   Qualicum National Wildlife Area (Marshall-Stevenson Unit)
    bird checklist

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Canadian Wildlife Service

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   Qualicum National Wildlife Area (Nanoose Unit)

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Canadian Wildlife Service

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   Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

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BC Parks, Strathcona District
Box 1479, Parksville, B.C. Canada V9P 2H4
phone: (250) 954-4600
fax: (250) 248-8584
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   Robertson Creek Hatchery

The hatchery is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. A series of large rearing tanks and ponds contain fish throughout the year. A fish ladder into the hatchery provides opportunities to observe fish migrating and a viewing area is located on one side of the ladder to enhace viewing. Fish reaching the hatchery have negotiated their way through the large fish ladder located in Stamp River Provincial Park.

Viewing Highlights - Beginning in late August adult trout and salmon begin to arrive at the fish ladder. Belted Kingfishers are a common sight in this area.

Directions - From Highway 4 just west of Port Alberni take the Sproat Lake Park turnoff onto Central Lake Road. It is 6.3 km to the access road into the hatchery and another 0.9 km to the hatchery parking area.

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Robertson Creek Hatchery
Box 1100, Port Alberni, B.C. Canada V9Y 7L9
phone: (250) 724-6521
fax: (250) 724-6603
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   Stamp River Provincial Park

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has constructed a very large fish ladder that allows easy passage of Stamp Falls. The canyon and falls are scenic.

Viewing Highlights - Beginning in late August trout and salmon migrate through the fish ladder at Stamp Falls. Many of these fish are heading for Robertson Creek Hatchery. Also look for Belted Kingfisher and American Dipper along the river.

Directions - From Highway 4 in Port Alberni turn onto Beaver Creek Road. The park entrance is located 12.1 km from the highway. The fish ladder is a short walk from the parking area.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Strathcona District
Box 1479, Parksville, B.C. Canada V9P 2H4
phone: (250) 954-4600
fax: (250) 248-8584
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   Tofino Mudflats

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BC Environment, Vancouver Island Region
2080 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9T 6J9
phone: (250) 751-3100
fax: (250) 751-3103