A Hidden Gem near Qualicum Beach,
Vancouver Island, BC
(Old-timers know it as “Hamilton Swamp”)
Welcome to our website. Hamilton Marsh is the largest body of water in the French Creek Watershed. Hamilton Marsh is the most prolific waterfowl brood marsh between Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Cumberland and it’s home to many red and blue listed species. Species ranking in BC
Hamilton Marsh and the 360 ha’s that surround it are privately owned by Island Timberlands and people use it regularly on an “at your own risk basis.”
Watch our Movie Below to find out why Hamilton Marsh is so important!
Where is Hamilton Marsh?
Annual Hamilton Marsh Tour
Sunday April 14th, 2019
This Year’s Tour!
Once a Year the landowners, Island Timberlands, grants permission to hold our Annual Tour as part of the Brant Wildlife Festival. The Hamilton Marsh Committee, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Arrowsmith Naturalists, North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) and now the Arrowsmith Independent School work together to make it a real treat!
Our 2019 tour is on Sunday April 14th between 10am and 3pm.
Trail Walks: Small groups are led down the path towards the marsh while tour guides share interesting information about Flora and Fauna. The trail itself takes only ten minutes to the marsh.
Bug Show: Just before the dock is a “bug station” where labelled bugs and swamp life are identified in little containers. Then Kids get to dip their nets over the side of the dock to see what they can catch, identify, and release. They will become Certified Bug Detectives!
Bird Watching: Knowledgeable birders will be on hand with a scope. They’ll help you identify birds that are present those that travel through, and sometimes they identify birds not seen by their call!
Our tours take place rain or shine! Dress in layers, bring gumboots, and get ready for the adventure!