|Vancouver Island Nature Viewing Region|
|Englishman River Estuary, Parksville|
|Englishman River Estuary: photo by Krista Kaptein||Estuary Viewing Stand: photo by Krista Kaptein|
|The east section of the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area, the Englishman River Estuary and adjacent beaches are important habitat for thousands of migrating waterbirds.|
|Geographical Description||The estuary of the Englishman River in Parksville.|
|Area/ Trail Length||68 ha. Nature Trust land in the estuary within the WMA. 2.4 km loop trail.|
The entire 1,029 ha PQBWMA consists of about 830 ha of intertidal habitats (beaches, mudflats and estuaries) and 43 ha of uplands. It stretches 17 km along the foreshore from just west of the Little Qualicum River estuary to Madrona Point, and includes the public foreshore areas of Qualicum Beach and Parksville.
|Seasons to Visit||Year round. Winter for waterbirds; spring for migrating birds, marine mammals & herring spawn.|
|Habitat||Mature second growth forest; meadow grassland; lagoon; estuary; gravel & cobble beach.|
|Viewing Highlights||The many estuaries, beaches, and foreshore gravel bars provide critical staging grounds for the internationally important Pacific Brant Sea Goose. These habitats are equally significant to over sixty other waterbird species; over 100,000 waterbirds come to feed in the productive foreshore waters. |
The estuaries and foreshore zones provide vital rearing habitat to all Pacific salmon species and Steelhead and coastal Cutthroat Trout. Millions of Herring spawn each spring on the abundant Eel Grass and algal beds found within the WMA foreshore.
This in turn attracts several marine mammals such as California Sea Lion, Harbour Seal, Northern Sea Lion, and Harbour Porpoise.
|Main Access||The Englishman River estuary can be accessed from trails on both sides. There is |
a viewing tower and interpretive kiosk on the west side and a viewing platform
on the east side. To access the west side trails turn on to Shelly Road from
Island Highway 0.6 km west of the orange bridge over the Englishman River.
Continue straight to the end of the road. Park here and walk out to the viewing
|Secondary Accesses||To access the east side of the Englishman River estuary turn on to Plummer Road, located 0.3 km east of the orange bridge and 0.4 km west of the entrance to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Continue 1.2 km to Shorewood Drive. Park here and walk the short distance out to the viewing platform.|
|Cautions||Caution at eroding riverbanks.|
|Jurisdiction||Nature Trust of BC|
|Regulations||Dogs on leash. Dogs prohibited within Wildlife Management Area Mar. 1- Apr. 30. Violators subject to fine. |
No dumping , no camping or overnight parking. No fires, No motorized vehicles on beach.
|Facilities||Parking areas, interpretive signs, viewing platforms, benches.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Annual Brant Wildlife Festival in March & April.|
Swimming, fishing, boating.
|Other Connections||French Creek Estuary & beaches to the northwest. Englishman River Regional Park upstream.|
|History||Public and non-profit conservation organizations (from Ducks Unlimited to the Canadian Wildlife Service), have teamed to protect 1,000ha of the Englishman River Estuary. The management area was officially established on April 2, 1993.|
|Links||Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area|
|Nature Trust of BC|
|Little Qualicum Estuary IBA|
|Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society|
|Englishman River Regional Park|
|Brant Wildlife Festival|
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