Turtle Power! Burnaby Lake Style

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Cricket comes alive on the sports fields Photo: Rob Weiss

How far would you venture to discover Western Painted Turtles, a stunning wildlife sanctuary, a nature house, a cricket match, an equestrian centre, a rowing pavilion, miles of nature trails and a butterfly garden?  Rest assured, you do not have to travel far!  To my delight, Burnaby Lake Regional Park has it all.  Located in the heart of Burnaby, adjacent to the busy Trans Canada highway, lies a natural oasis and sports haven.

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Turtle Power! Burnaby Lake Style

Vancouver Air Traffic is Up! 50,000 Reasons to Visit the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Sandhill Crane George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Vancouver

Photo: R. Weiss

Nestled between Vancouver’s thriving international airport and the Roberts Bank twin terminal port facility lies a natural oasis. Home to millions of birds, the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is on Westham Island, just west of Ladner and only minutes from downtown Vancouver. On your approach to this amazing wildlife area, you will cross an old wooden one lane bridge and pass by quaint and quirky houseboats. Organic farms, ice cream stands and wineries welcome you to stop on route to the sanctuary and with each passing minute, you will begin to feel like you have left the hustle and bustle of the city behind you.

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Vancouver Air Traffic is Up! 50,000 Reasons to Visit the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
This Friday to Sunday is filled with markets, music, comics, and fundraising!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

5 Day Trips for the Labour Day Long Weekend

U-Pick blueberries. Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council

Sticking around this weekend? You can still have a mini adventure and make it home in time for dinner. From hiking and swimming to berry picking, museums and Labour Day festivities, there’s no shortage of outdoorsy, end-of summer day trips for the intrepid Vancouver family.

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5 Day Trips for the Labour Day Long Weekend

For the Birds: World-class bird watching on Vancouver’s doorstep

Photo credit: USFWS Headquarters | Flickr

I’m staring at a regal, metre-tall sandhill crane, its slender legs knee-deep in a seaside marsh outside of Vancouver.  It sizes me up with its bright pink head – flamboyant colors worthy of a flamingo – then extends its elegant neck and lets out a majestic, ear-splitting squawk.

The stunning bird’s winter home is the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a 850-acre wetland on the Fraser River, approximately 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver in Delta.  The sanctuary is one of a network of parks and habitats along the Fraser Delta that make the area a top destination for bird watchers.

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For the Birds: World-class bird watching on Vancouver’s doorstep

Great Blue Herons Back at Stanley Park

Photo credit: Alyx Dellamonica | Flickr

It has a wingspan of up to two metres and is the height of a small child.  When it walks on its spindly legs, each step measures 22 centimetres.  And its call – a wild, throaty croak – is loud and unmistakeable.

The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America.  And – little know fact – Stanley Park is home to one of the biggest urban great blue heron colonies on the continent. Last year, herons built 110 nests in the park and reared 100 little heron fledglings.  This month, they’re at it again — back at their nesting grounds near the tennis courts and dazzling park visitors.

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Great Blue Herons Back at Stanley Park