Nature Viewing Tips

Common Loon - Photo: Paula Courteau

Common Loon – Photo: Paula Courteau

Practice the Three L’s: Look, Learn and Leave for future generations to enjoy.

  • Plan your visit according to season, tides & time of day. Best wildlife viewing is at dawn and dusk.
  • Explore a variety of habitats.
  • Learn more by using field guides.

Respect Wildlife

  • Avoid sensitive habitats and nest sites.
  • Be patient. Move slowly and quietly.
  • Watch wildlife from a distance, using binoculars or camera with zoom lens.
  • Do not disturb baby seals. Watch and wait for the mother to return, and keep pets away.
  • Keep dogs leashed or under tight control.

Protect the Environment

  • Stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Avoid rubbing petroglyphs or trying to make your own.
  • Do not touch organisms in tide pools.
  • Do not have fires on the sandstone; use the fire rings provided on most beaches.
  • Keep the environment clean: Pack out what you pack in. Pick up after pets. Put garbage in on-site bins, or take garbage with you.
  • Do not remove any natural materials from provincial parks.

Stay Safe

  • While driving, watch out for wildlife crossing roads, especially deer near dawn and dusk.
  • Be aware of local hunting season information.
  • Exercise caution when walking on rocks.

Respect Others

  • Do not enter private property without owner’s permission. Leave gates as found.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Adapted from the Comox Valley Naturalists Nature Viewing Guide and BC Nature.

Report all Poachers and Polluters

British Columbia has laws to protect the environment and wildlife. If you see others harming wildlife or polluting the environment, report the incident to the nearest conservation officer or local Ministry of Environment office (1-877-952-7277; Cell #9277.)

Please report lone seal pups to 250-537-0777. Please report wildlife in distress to 250-337-2021 or local volunteers 250-335-1299.

Be aware that there may be seasonal or jurisdictional changes to any of the sites. CHI assumes no responsibility for any damages arising from use of this brochure.