Visitor Information


For those interested in what is happening at the World Parrot Refuge – Until further notice the Refuge itself is Closed while the birds are being examined and catalogued by a world renowned avian vet from “The Night Owl Bird hospital which is a Vancouver based veterinary hospital, wholly dedicated to the provision of exceptional avian veterinary services. Our head veterinarian is Dr. Anne McDonald, who, like the entire staff, shares a special interest in your feathered friends.” We can’t thank Dr, McDonald enough for donating her time and resources to ensure our birds are healthy and any injuries or age related issues are being treated properly. So far the birds have passed inspection and are considered well and have no disease. Great news for anyone who surrendered a much loved pet to the refuge. Further news will be posted as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Our Thrift Shop remains OPEN and is filled with treasures.  All proceeds go towards the care and feeding of the birds currently residing at the refuge.  Donations welcome.


We’re open 10am to 4pm, EVERY day of the year! (except Christmas Day and New Years day)

When the Refuge re-opens the following will apply:

Admission Prices

Entrance tickets are purchased at the main desk in the Thrift Shop.  Prices do not include GST (Goods/Services Tax)

Adult: $14+ GST
Youth (13-17): $12 + GST
Children (6-12): $10 + GST
Children (5 and under): Free (at Parents discretion as high decibel noise levels may harm small children’s inner ear. Use of ear defenders recommended.)
Seniors: $12 + GST

Best value:

Family Day Pass (2 adults (or seniors) and 2 children): $36 +GST
Family Annual Pass/Annual Membership (tax-deductible and entitles purchaser and three immediate family members to unlimited admission for the year): $120  (Great gift!)


Driving from Nanaimo, take the Parksville/Coombs highway exit to the Alberni Highway.  Turn left onto the highway and follow it until you find us on your left at 2116 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, just a half kilometre before the Old Country Market with the famed “Goats on the Roof”!

Look for the giant parrot and you won’t miss us!

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