Reifel Bird Sanctuary: A Hidden Gem
Despite the hit or miss weather lately, there have still been than a handful of pleasant days, and what better way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon than by getting in touch with nature?
One of the Vancouver area’s great spots for getting away from it all is the Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island [link].
Previously known primarily by bird watchers and other bird enthusiasts, each year loads of others are finding what it has to offer: a beautiful tranquil walk through the coastal wetlands, more waterfowl and other birds than you can shake a camera at, and occasionally the chance to spot some other interesting critters as well.
I’m no bird expert, but on my last visit, I spotted loads of geese and ducks (including a lot of baby ones), a huge sandhill crane, a nest of baby barn swallows, some bald eagles circling far overhead, and even a furry little marten scampering down the trail. If you’re into the more serious birdwatching, the front office keeps a list of bird species recently spotted onsite so you can round out your collection of photos, or challenge a group of friends to an afternoon game of birdwatching bingo.
The trails are kid-friendly, and you can even by duck food onsite to let your little ones (or your own inner child) find out what it’s like to be surrounded by a quacking mob of hungry feathery friends.
The park is open during the day from 9am – 4pm daily, and admission is only $4 for adults and $2 for children.