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Faye Memorial Project:

Brant Viewing Area Upgrade

Current Status

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