WildWings Nature & Arts Festival 2022

‘Return of the Stseelhtun’

This year’s festival kicks off fast and furious Saturday October 1st, with the S’amunu Make A Difference Day watershed cleanup, followed the next day, Sunday October 2nd, by our Celebrate Somenos Family Day at the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom. Later that same day the fun starts in Downtown Duncan at the WNAF 2022 Launch party & WildWings Nature Artists Exhibition Opening Reception held together at Just Jakes Restaurant, one of WildWings major sponsors.

The launch is followed by art, nature and cultural events that take place throughout the month of October, with outdoor activities mostly happening in the earlier part of the month when the weather is friendly, and indoor events mostly filling the second half of the month. Event descriptions and ticket purchase links will be added below as events are confirmed.

Cowichan Tribes, one of our WildWings partners, provide cultural guidance and leadership for all our indigenous events and activities. Quw’utsun people lead all our indigenous activities and are also involved in many other WildWings events including a Traditional Pik’wun, a salmon BBQ the old way with Qwustenuxun (Jared Williams) on the shores of Cowichan Bay.

For art lovers, there will be a downtown Duncan art show during WildWings month- the WildWings Nature Artists Exhibition which takes place at Just Jakes Restaurant. To make the art show available to a broader audience, a virtual gallery on the WildWings website will enable art lovers to experience both exhibitions from the comfort of their homes.

Nature events include: Afloat in a Boat, a bring-your-own-boat guided tour of Somenos Lake; and Koksilah Ancient Forest, a guided trek to a grove of old giants. Many of the natural history activities are hosted by our Festival partner, the Cowichan Valley Naturalists who are working hard to bring back the Big Birding Weekend, a bird species spotting battle between Somenos and Cowichan Bay, each an international Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA).

The festival highlight event is the ‘It Ain’t Easy Being Green Gala’ aka The ‘Green Gala” hosted at the Birds Eye Cove Farm with fine dining provided by the Farms Gate Catering crew. The evening will include: wines by Averill Creek Winery, Craig Street’s WildWings Ale, music by the John Wade & the WildWings Trio, the WildWings silent auction and announcement of the 2023 Artist of the Somenos.

Please note that all festival events will be subject to COVID-19 current conditions

Event listings coming soon!