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Faye Memorial Project:

Brant Viewing Area Upgrade

Current Status

April 2018

We are waiting for weather to improve to pour the slab, which will be followed by the assembly of the finished timbers for the frame. We expect this to be late April. In terms of donations, we are very close to our target, but still need to raise more funds to cover expected costs.

March 2018

The original Brant Viewing Platform has been removed and the site has been graded for our new structure. The foundation framing is in place and the concrete for the footings, walls, and slab will be poured in the weeks ahead. Further landscaping of the site by the Town of Qualicum Beach will start shortly as well.

January/February 2018

Contributions of approximately $20,000 have been committed since our last update, so we are getting closer to our target.  Thanks to all those great supporters out there, both individuals and organizations.  We are looking forward to breaking ground at the site of the new pavilion in early March.  Do stop by to see the progress and at the same time enjoy the migrating Brant Geese and other wildlife that are gathering for a Herring Feast!

November/December 2017

Since October, we have increased our community contributions from organizations and individuals from $25,000 to $40,000. We  really appreciate the support and commitment to this great project. Additionally, we have received a grant from the Pacific Salmon Foundation in the amount of $20,000 for signage on the site and at Grandon Creek.

However, we were unsuccessful in receiving a grant from the BC Gaming Commission, so that leaves us with at least $30,000 more to raise. We will be breaking ground on the site early in the New Year, and have signage on the site that allows people to connect with us. Watch for more detailed drawings and information in the weeks ahead.

October 2017

Our volunteer team has received approval from the Town to proceed and refine our conceptual plans. We have completed a set of preliminary design drawings for the structure, and are working with the Town and consultants on a detailed site plan. To date we have raised close to $25,000 in community donations and have applied for a couple of grants that we hope to find out about before mid-December. Our target to have the structure construction completed by April 15, 2018 is on target.

September 2017

We have a volunteer team that is working on a conceptual design proposal for the site. A presentation will be made to the Qualicum Beach Town Council at a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 10:00 am. The purpose of this meeting is to review the design proposal and discuss the path forward with the Town Council, Staff, and interested parties from the community.  Everyone is welcome to attend. To date we have raised close to $8,000 dollars in donations.

Project Description

The Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers and the Oceanside Environmental Community lost a great friend and advocate on March 26, 2017 with the passing of Faye Smith Rosenblatt.

Faye was a co-founder (1995) and ongoing director of our society and was a driving force in the delivery of over seventy projects supporting wild salmon habitat from the Englishman River to Little Qualicum River watersheds.

As a memorial to Faye, Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers are excited to announce that they are undertaking a project to replace the well-worn "Brant Viewing Platform" at the west end of Qualicum Beach with a new and enhanced structure.

This project presents a unique opportunity to expand the horizons of the people who visit our bountiful shores.


Photo above shows the Brant Viewing Platform as it exists today.
Photo: Pat Jacobson

The new “Brant Viewing Platform” and site will involve:

  • Replacing the current platform with a new roofed structure.

  • Recognition of Qualicum First Nation traditional territory and history.

  • Adding pictorial signage about the panoramic view, the intertidal ecology, and the myriad of bird species and other wildlife.

  • Telling the stories of wild salmon in nearby Grandon Creek, and of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area.

  • Enhancing the site with native vegetation.

We are collaborating with the Town of Qualicum Beach, Arrowsmith Naturalists, Faye’s family and others to re-purpose this awesome location to make it an 'interpretive destination' to seek out, as well as a ‘stop-by' for locals and visitors.

This project is consistent with the vision and mandate of our society to build awareness and understanding in the community for wildlife habitat protection and enhancement.


Photo above taken at the Platform, circa 1997. QB Streamkeepers Faye Smith, Doug Taylor, Pat Hadley and Councillor Teunis Westbroek are doing a beach clean-up.
Photo: Jenny Westbroek