Photo by James MacKenzie

Photo by Rick Little

Photo by James MacKenzie

Photo by Rick Little

Photo by James MacKenzie

 Visitor Centre & Gift Shop 

Open Friday to Sunday
10am to 3pm
Drop in to shop and explore our exhibits hall or…

Wildlife Hospital


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily

Found an animal in distress?
Don’t touch: WAIT, WATCH, CALL!

Bringing an injured wild animal to MARS:
drive to the donations table at the end
of the parking lot and

call the hospital at
250-337-2021 ext. 0

to speak to rehab staff.

The staff will come retrieve the patient from your vehicle.

Click to learn more!

patients rescued so far in 2023

We rescued 1082 animals in 2022. Thank you to all our generous donors who support MARS through sponsorship, in kind, and cash donations to ensure that we are always there for the wildlife that need us!

 November 6th, 2023 Avian Influenza Update: 

HPAI (High Pathogenic Avian Influenza) has been likely detected in multiple recent MARS hospital patients, including a Bald Eagle, Cackling Goose, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, and American Wigeon. When we say likely, it’s because we wait for confirmation from the provincial veterinary epidemiologist. Any suspected cases that we have sent for verification since the outbreak in 2022 has tested positive. 

There have also be recent outbreaks in poultry flocks on the mainland. 

As a result our hospital is reinstating many of its protocols from earlier in the year. Tour guests will be asked to wear hygienic booties for the part of the tour that passes the ambassodor enclosures and the flight pen. Details regarding how this affects food donations or other processes will be shared shortly.  To understand what clinical signs point to avian flu, please read our What to Watch For list.

Meet our donors from local government, service organizations, corporations, and small businesses–we are grateful!