Where to View Wildlife This Fall in Parksville

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The unique geographical setting of Parksville provides a wide range of parks, gardens, rivers, lakes, and trails where you can unplug and reconnect with nature.

Where to View Wildlife This Fall in Parksville?

Enjoy Birdwatching

As the leaves begin to change, head to Englishman River Estuary for incredible views of fall foliage and the fall migrations. For an intimate look at eagles, owls, falcons, vultures, and other wildlife visit North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. Looking for even more opportunities to see seasonal foliage? Head to Milner Gardens for beautiful displays of fall plants and flowers or take a hike to Englishman River Falls to see the waterfall surrounded by fall colors.


Enjoy Marine Life

When the ocean retreats at low tide, seawater becomes trapped in a gathering of rocks by the shore. As the border between land and sea is constantly changing as the tide roll in and out, pools of water form in shallow rock formations, these are called tide pools. Seaweeds and seashore animals such as crabs, small fish, and sea anemones can live in these pools. To explore tidepools, head to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.


Salmon Spawning

Fall is spawning season; this means you’ll see scores of salmon fighting their way upstream as they take their final journey. Head to the province’s mighty rivers and streams, camera in hand, to witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest spectacles. Head over to Goldstream Provincial Park a glorious place to visit at any time of year, but in autumn it’s the salmon run that draws the faithful. Where to perch? Riverside trails and observation platforms provide bird’s-eye views of the chum, coho, and chinook salmon fighting their way upstream, and of the bald eagles that swoop down to feast on them.


Where to Stay

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort offers 65 suites including studios, junior suites, and fully-equipped 1, 2 & 3-bedroom vacation homes located in a park-like setting. Our accommodations are designed for luxury and sophistication, but also with your comfort as a top priority. Special group accommodation rates are available for 6 or more room nights.


No matter the season, Parksville offers astounding sights, fantastic lodging and many memorable experiences to keep your guests taking about your event all year. Don’t wait – secure your dates today! Contact us to learn more.