A hidden gem of a wetland located ten minutes from Qualicum Beach.
Why Hamilton Marsh / Wetlands Matter:
As the population in our region continues to grow and displace native species, protecting critical habitats for flora, fauna, and ecosystem services, including water security, is of the utmost importance. Hamilton Marsh (and surrounding wetlands) is the largest body of water in the French Creek Watershed on which thousands of residents rely. It’s the most prolific waterfowl brood marsh on this part of Vancouver Island and provides habitat for many species of wildlife.
Hamilton Marsh is privately owned by Island Timberlands.
The 36 ha wetland sits within 360 ha of amazing forest.
It’s the largest body of water in the French Creek Watershed and is connected to Beach and Grandon Creek watersheds in Qualicum Beach.
It’s the largest waterfowl brood marsh between Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Cumberland on Central Vancouver Island
It’s home to several red and blue listed species and many varieties of dragonfly.
For 50 years (with at least 3 owners) local residents have tried to have it conserved with no luck.
Watch our short 6 minute video to understand the importance of Hamilton Marsh :
Dax Dasilva visits Hamilton Marsh:
Where is Hamilton Marsh?
Getting to Hamilton Marsh
It’s easier than you think!
Drive straight out of Qualicum Beach on Memorial Ave. Keep going (under the overpass the Hwy going to Courtenay or Nanaimo) as if you’re headed for Port Alberni. Take the first right at the bottom of the first hill onto Hilliers Rd S. You’ll see boulders on the left. Ignore those – keep driving until you come to a second set of boulders – that’s the entrance to the trail that takes you to the dock. Park on the right. When you come to a Y on the trail – go right. That’s it!