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What will YOU discover?

Children explore the shoreline of Sidney Island with dip nets.

Want to connect with nature? Want to get your kids outside? Take part in the third annual Parks Canada BioBlitz at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve! This year’s event takes place on the Pender Islands.

During the Bioblitz, you and your friends and family team up with scientists to find as many species as possible within the national park reserve, over a 24-hour period. Discover and learn about nature and support its protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve BioBlitz 2017

When: June 9 & 10, 2017

Where: North Pender Island and South Pender Island (camping will be available)


Get involved

A woman and a child examine sea creatures at a touch tank.

Join drop-in activities

Join the drop-in activities and plan an afternoon of fun that works with your family’s schedule. Or pack your camping gear and make it into a weekend of adventure. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to see and learn about wild creatures up close.

Participate in a survey

Participate in a species survey with a scientist-led team. Help Gulf Islands National Park Reserve find and identify plants and animals. Add to the species inventory, or make new discoveries!


Bioblitz volunteers photograph species for iNaturalist, an app used to track the species observations.

Volunteer as a Survey Leader

Are you a professional scientist or naturalist with a high level of knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to lead species survey groups and educate the public about biodiversity. Your efforts will contribute to the protection of Parks Canada’s heritage places.

Volunteer as a Survey Assistant

 Are you an interpreter, naturalist or student specialist with outdoor education experience or an intermediate knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to assist survey leaders and the public on species surveys and possibly lead family activities. Deepen your knowledge by working with experts and share your enthusiasm by interacting with the public.

Volunteer as an Event Photographer

 Are you a professional or amateur photographer? Parks Canada needs volunteers to capture the essence of a BioBlitz. Share your creativity and skills with the world and spread the word about the importance of biodiversity.

Record your discoveries with the iNaturalist app

A person takes a photo of algae with a smartphone.

Parks Canada has been working with partners to support the development of, a bilingual, interactive online record of the amazing variety of life in our country. Anyone in the world can explore the photos, make species identifications or add comments on the website. The result is an exciting network of scientists and the public, creating data to support conservation decisions.

Visit to sign up and download the smartphone app!

Past discoveries

See how past participants identified and discovered plants, animals, and more!

Want MORE Parks Canada BioBlitz action?

Girl with banana slug on her hand, holding up an iPhone photo of the slug

BioBlitz in the Meadow
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017

West Coast Quest
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Noon Saturday, May 20, 2017 to noon Sunday, May 21, 2017

Or visit:


This Parks Canada BioBlitz Event is proudly presented by:

This Parks Canada BioBlitz Event is proudly supported by:


Marine Life Sanctuaries Society

Pender Island Field Naturalists

Victoria Natural History Society