Vancity Picks – The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

A perfect outdoor plan!

 

After visiting this bird sanctuary for the very first time, it became one of my favorite places in Vancouver! The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a perfect outdoor plan to learn about the birds and watch all the wild things makes for an enjoyable family outing!

The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary consists of nearly 300 hectares of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes. It is located in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary, on the outskirts of the Village of Ladner, in Delta, BC.

The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The multiple walks around the sanctuary will take you to different wildlife scenes. When buying your entrance ticket, you can also get little bags with bird food for $2 and feed the birds on the designated areas. This is special food for birds, visitors are not allow to feed the birds with any other type of food.

I found this particularly interesting when visiting the sanctuary with kids. They had so much fun getting closer to the animals and experience the nature from the first line.

The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

If you are lucky, you will be able to see a wide range of different birds! Sometimes you need to wait a bit for these little friends to show up. But I think it’s totally worth it! During our visit, we could see a few of these species, such ducks, Canadian geese, black-crowned heron, bold america eagles, hummingbirds and warbles.

The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Gift Shop also offers a small pocket-sized book with all the birds that live in the area and their migratory seasons.

The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is open all year around, but I recommend to plan your visit for the spring/summer season as more species migrate during these months.

For further information about the Sanctuary, you can visit their website.

Don’t miss this little hidden gem in our beautiful city!

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT – Calvin Shek Photography, all rights reserved.

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