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Rathtrevor Provincial Park is an important participant in the Brant Festival. Each year the Oceanside communities: Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo, play host to the Brant Festival in honour of the annual Brant geese migration. The Brant Festival runs from early March to the end of April; it celebrates and highlights the biodiversity of the area, our interdependence on the natural ecosystems around us and the importance of nature to everyone’s quality of life.

Rathtrevor Provincial Park was named for the young Irish family that first settled here in 1886; they built a log cabin, cleared the land and built a barn. When William Rath died in 1903, leaving the farm to his wife Elizabeth and her five children, she successfully ran the farm and eventually turned it into a campground. The suffix ‘trevor’ was added to give the campground a more lyrical name. Rathtrevor Campground became Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in 1967.

The park features majestic old growth trees, beautiful ocean sunsets, an inviting, wide sandy beach, and campsites nestled amongst mature Douglas fir trees.

At low tide, the ocean recedes almost a kilometre, providing an ideal place for visitors of all ages to explore the shoreline. Rathtrevor Beach is ideal for a relaxed family outing. Simply sit back and soak up the seaside atmosphere or take a walk through the wooded upland area of the park. All campsites are within a five minute walk to the two kilometre stretch of sandy beach. The park also features a large day-use area, perfect for an afternoon picnic.

The park is a great all-year destination for many, but for bird-watchers, this park is particularly fabulous in the spring, when the annual herring spawn attracts large numbers of migratory birds.  In particular, the Brant Geese (Branta bernicla) who, in March and April, use the beaches of Rathtrevor and Craig Bay as staging and feeding areas on their spring migration to their northern Canada and Alaska breeding grounds.


The Brant Festival

Each year the Oceanside communities: Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo, play host to the Brant Festival in honour of the annual Brant geese migration. The Brant Festival runs from early March to the end of April; it celebrates and highlights the biodiversity of the area, our interdependence on the natural ecosystems around us and the importance of nature to everyone’s quality of life.  Festivities offered throughout these Island communities include: wildlife viewing, ecotours, marsh walks, a speaker series, an art exhibition, and other interpretive displays, information displays and programs.

Rathtrevor Provincial Park is an important participant and host venue in the festival. This year Rathtrevor park features a five day Spring Break Program for children. The program will include walks, games, hands-on activities, and artwork creation. Art be featured at the Oceanside Community Art Gallery for the month of April. For more information, or to sign up for this or other Brant Festival events, visit the website at: http://www.brantfestival.bc.ca/

For 2010, the Brant Festival is being coordinated by The Nature Trust of British Columbia.  More information about the Nature Trust can be found at: http://www.naturetrust.bc.ca/

Writen by Tammie Liddicoat

Link to BC Parks Website

Magazine article courtesy of BC Parks for Island Times Magazine.

 



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