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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 welcomes families for a wild look at nature.

Winter home of the Lesser Snow Goose and one of Canada's top bird-watching sites in the heart of the Fraser River estuary, one hour's drive from the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. The birds are easily viewed by all age groups, but visitor behavior rules apply.

For information an admissions, hours of operation, rules for this bird sanctuary, visit our website.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$3
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am to 4pm daily.

All year

Teachers corner

School programs available here are listed online..

I'm Hungry!

We only have some basic packaged snacks for sale in the gift shop, and our picnic area is for lunch breaks only (no cooking or barbecues of any kind, though). Our Warming Hut is very popular as a lunch space during colder weather, as there are tables and a wood-burning stove to take the chill off..

Any Top Tips?

Parents, please note that the visit is primarily outside, and there are 7 km of trail to explore, so dress children appropriate for the weather. Also, the primary purpose of the Sanctuary is to provide habitat and safe spaces for the birds, so visitors are asked to leave if they are doing inappropriate activities such as chasing the birds, disturbing nesting or resting birds,disturbing other birdwatching visitors, leaving trails or picking flowers, fruits or other plant parts that make up the habitats here..

Baby Facilities

There are public washrooms by the parking lot..

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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