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Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Delta

Where is it at?

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Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
5191 Robertson Road
Delta
BC
V4K 3N2
Tel: 604 946 6980

Directions

Please note that Google and Mapquest sometimes do not show the location of Robertson Road properly, as we are in a rural area. Look for Westham Island on a map, and that should show Robertson Road. We are at the end of the road.

Where are we going today?

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is where nature can fill your family day out with wildlife, landscapes, and the GREAT outdoors!

It's a super fun day out for the family, where kids can see amazing birds up close, and really get to learn about nature.

The bird sanctuary is nearly 300 hectares of wetlands, low dykes, and natural marshes, right in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary!

It's here that millions of birds feed and rest during their annual migration, right along the Pacific Coast. Here, they are protected from harm, and kids can learn all about how birds migrate, the wonders of nature, and even history!

Did you know that in the early 1900s these dykes were built to protect fishing communities for tidal waters?

The bird sanctuary is also the winter home of the Lesser Snow Goose and one of Canada's top bird-watching sites.  The birds are easily viewed by the kids, so it really is a great way for them to learn!

It's now ranked as one of the top 10 bird watching sites in the entire country, and there is something to see all year round! 

From flocks of ducks and geese migrating in winter, to nests in April, and arctic-nesting birds in fall, it's a family day out with nature joining you!

The trails are perfect for those families who want a quiet time in nature, as the trails are for birdwatching and walking only, no dogs or bikes allowed. Perfect!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$3 (Ages 2-14)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am to 4pm daily.

All year

Teachers corner

They offer school programs, so just give them a call to talk about taking your students along for a great hands-on educational experience!.

I'm Hungry!

They have basic snacks such as soda and chocolate available.

Healthy Eating!

Feel free to bring your own refreshments, including bottled water!.

Any Top Tips?

Allow up to 1.5 hours to explore everything!.

Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to talk about accessibility if you have any questions.

Baby Facilities

There are public washrooms by the parking lot..

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop where you can pick up a host of great items to take home with you!.

More information

Go prepared for the weather! You will be walking on grassy and gravel trails too, so dress appropriately. .

What people are saying?

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    Spent a a good three hours here in early june with my wife and three teens. Had a wonderful experience for sure. Lots of birds and great views. Worth your time for sure.

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    Fantastic place for a half day trip. Here is a list of Pros and Cons for easy reading.

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    - Huge, with varied terrain. There are winding paths through light forest, open areas with ponds, and swampy areas with look out towers.
    - Lots of birds. There are geese, ducks, sandhill cranes, pigeons, red-winged blackbirds, american robin, barn swallow, bushtit, marsh wren, gadwall, and many sparrows. Basically ~50-60 species at any given time, which change depending on time of year.
    - Feeding. They sell bird seed for $1 a bag. Most larger birds will...Read More

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    Being a birder in the pacific north west it's one of the best places to see a wide range of birds and different birds during different seasons

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    Very beautiful. But be aware, they don't allow dogs in the sanctuary.

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    excellent place to visit, but try not to have close contact with these lovely birds during the avian flu period.

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by Cezary Kowalik

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Fantastic place for a half day trip. Here is a list of Pros and Cons for easy reading.

Pros:
- Huge, with varied terrain. There are winding paths through light forest, open areas with ponds, and swampy areas with look out towers.
- Lots of birds. There are geese, ducks, sandhill cranes, pigeons, red-winged blackbirds, american robin, barn swallow, bushtit, marsh wren, gadwall, and many sparrows. Basically ~50-60 species at any given time, which change depending on time of year.
- Feeding. They sell bird seed for $1 a bag. Most larger birds will eat out of your hand if you have a little patience and don't chase them. Smaller birds might come down if you're really patient.
- This place is a photographers dream. They even have bird blinds in several areas.
- Lots of farms with fruit stands, fruit picking, and ice cream on the way in.

Cons:
- No pets allowed. Seriously, leave fido at home. Don't leave your pet in the car.
- Closes at 4pm, and you must be out and driving by 5pm. Don't go there halfway through your day. The best activity (and bird songs) are in the morning anyway.

All in all, an amazing place for a date, to relax with a book (on one of the many benches), or to get away from the electronics that dominate daily life.

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