Hamilton Marsh

Hidden Gem

Hamilton Marsh is the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Port Alberni, and Cumberland on Vancouver Island and most prolific brood marsh for waterfowl breeding.  It’s the largest body of water in the French Creek Watershed.  It’s surrounding habitat is home to many red and blue listed species.

Hamilton Marsh is visited by locals and tourists alike.  It is owned by Island Timberlands and used on an “at your own risk” basis.


Hamilton Marsh is located ten minutes from the town of Qualicum Beach. Travel straight out Memorial Drive towards Highway 19.  Memorial turns into Hwy 4. Keep going straight ahead.  Take your first right hand turn at the bottom of the hill onto Hilliers Road S.keep going 1.5 kilometers further.  The best way in is the short trail from the second parking lot.

Here’s is a great little video created by Ducks Unlimited: