Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary


When it comes to birdwatching in the lower mainland, the premiere destination is the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary west of Ladner, at the mouth of the Fraser River. The entrance fee for adults is $5 and $3 dollars for children. Tame ducks, chickadees and cranes will eat out of your hand as long as you shell out the 50 cents per bag of bird seed.

Within the first few minutes of arriving last Sunday, we saw many species of water fowl as well as more uncommon birds including black capped night herons (the only ones wintering in Canada), two species of owls, swans, eagles, sandhill cranes and snow geese. The snow geese flock that passes through Reifel makes its way from Russia’s Wrangel Island and can number up to 35,000 birds. Nearby at Boundary Bay you can also see snowy owls during the winter.

There are blinds for birdwatching but you can see most of the birds fairly up close just by walking along the well maintained trails.

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