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 only
10am to 3pm
Drop in to shop and browse or…

Wildlife Hospital

Open 9-5 every day

Found an animal in distress?
Don’t touch: WAIT, WATCH, CALL!
 If you are bringing an injured wild animal to MARS, please remain in your vehicle. Call the hospital at 250-337-2021 ext. 0 to speak to rehab staff. The staff will come retrieve the patient from your vehicle.

animals rescued so far in 2022

We rescued 1421 animals in 2021! 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!

‘Tis the season–mark your calendars with our open dates, Fridays to Sundays until Christmas! Beautiful items from local artisans. Profits support our wildlife hospital. We look forward to welcoming you for in-person shopping.


Update on Avian Influenza

November 14th, 2022 Update: 

Avian Influenza is still circulating on Vancouver Island so MARS will continue with protocols to minimize the risk of transmission to patients and our resident ambassador birds. We have recently seen Trumpeter Swans and Bald Eagles with symptoms of the disease.

Tours of MARS: We are providing shoe covers and hand sanitizer for the portion of the tour that includes the ambassador enclosures.

And as part of your tour, you’ll also be able to meet one of our resident ambassador birds and a handler at the visitor centre.

Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our resident ambassador birds (eagles, hawk, owls, and crows) and wildlife patients is our first priority. We will be monitoring and adapting our tours as the situation evolves, so please stay tuned for updates.

Come for a visit Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 to 3. If you wish a tour, please book your spot here.


We are grateful to these local donors for their continued support: