Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo

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Buttertubs Marsh is a bird sanctuary in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.Located in the middle of the city of Nanaimo, the marsh covers approximately 100 acres (40 hectares). Within this is the 46 acre (18.7 hectare) Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area, owned by the Nature Trust of British Columbia.The marsh is man-made and is home to great blue herons, mallards, Canada geese, ring-necked ducks, hooded mergansers, American wigeons, violet-green swallows and red-winged blackbirds.The sanctuary is Vancouver Island's only documented breeding site of American bittern.Approximately half of the wetland area is privately owned, and efforts are underway to purchase the remaining land to protect it against development. Some residential development has already taken place on the eastern edge of the site.
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  • Buttertubs marsh has a winding trail that meanders around the marsh for probably a couple of miles. There a viewing platforms around the marsh and the occasional wildlife. Parking can be a problem at ...  more »
  • It's a marsh and really nothing more. Nature within the city. Listen to some birds and see birds. Some people may enjoy more than I did. Wish I would have saw a turtle. I wouldn't come back, as I woul...  more »
  • We enjoy this walk, lots of marshland wildlife, easy flat walk, a little muddy in the rainy seasons. All ages can walk or run this. It's mostly stroller friendly unless you have a small wheeler. Lots ...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenery, very peacful. Love listening to the bird songs.
  • Easy, simple trail with a few look out points. Amazing spot for birders! Great for kids too. No dogs or bikes allowed.
  • A fantastic job on the improvements.The city and the Nature Conservatory had their head together,thanks for a great job.
  • Great for a casual walk with no elevation gain/loss. Check out the tree/shrub blossoms in the spring and berries/seeds/nuts in the fall. Birds aplenty.
  • An oasis of quiet in the city.

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Where to stay in Nanaimo

Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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