2017 Bufflehead Festival

Fri, Oct 13, 2017 - Sun, Oct 15, 2017  |  9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friends of Shoal Harbour

Roberts Bay – Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary map
10227 Ardwell Avenue

Experience the magic of nature during a 3-day festival celebrating the return of the Bufflehead.


  1. Friday October 13: A Public Reception at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (9811 Seaport Place, Sidney BC  250 665 7511) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Local organizations will provide updates on work accomplished to date on the exciting concept of "naturehood". There will be presentations of nature photographs, the work of local painters, music and poetry. A highlight of the evening will be the formal unveiling of a new painting by Robert Bateman.

  1. Saturday, October 14: Public Bufflehead Welcoming Ceremony 9:30 am to 11am at Roberts Bay (intersection of Ardwell Ave. and Resthaven Dr. in Sidney)

This is our traditional gathering to honour the Bufflehead ducks and other migratory birds that choose to winter in our community. Join us under the tents at the Ardwell Beach Access.

III. Sunday October 15: Boat Tour and Bateman Centre Festival

  1. Boat Tour of the Victoria Migratory Bird Sanctuary & the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary: 9 am to 2 pm  

The cruise aboard Eagle Wings tours flagship 4 Ever Wild will depart from Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria and follow the coast through the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, then northwards along the east shore of the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney and the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary before returning to Victoria Harbour. We are charging $55.00 per person. We have reserved some spaces for invited guests and will keep these available until 10 pm, October 9 after which available spaces will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

** Book through e-mail abdboattour@shaw.ca  or by telephone 250 896 8080**

Note: there are contingency plans in place in case of poor weather. For more information, please see the FOSH website: www.shoalharbour.com

  1. Family Bufflehead Festival Programs at the Robert Bateman Centre (470 Belleville Street, Victoria BC, www.batemancentre.org)

Join us on October 15th from 10:00am-3:00pm for our Family Bufflehead Festival and 3:30pm-5:30pm for our Migrations Symposium. All admission by donation!  Check the website for more information: www.batemancentre.org

Visit www.shoalharbour.com for more details! Click here for a copy of the poster. Photography by Cheryl Taschuk, IslandImages-BC.com


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