Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

A woman taking photos of ducks, geese and swans at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Spotting wildlife at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Suzanne Rushton

Vancouver is known as a city connected to nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that there are lots of places near Vancouver to spot wildlife. You can see eagles, seabirds, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, whales, dolphins, seals, frogs, bears, bunnies and lots more. Grab your camera and maybe some binoculars, and head to one of these ten wildlife hot spots.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

See a Live Webcam of Vancouver’s Great Blue Heron Colony

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson | Wikipedia

A new webcam is giving wildlife lovers an intimate, interactive look at Vancouver’s colony of great blue herons.

Mounted on the roof of a nearby apartment building, the Vancouver Park Board Heron Cam focuses in on a cluster of nests built high in the trees next to the tennis courts in Stanley Park.  Dozens of the long-legged birds with bright blue feathers can be seen sitting on nests, perching on branches and even tending to newly laid eggs.

In a unique twists, the webcam is also interactive.  By visiting the official website (http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/heron-cam.aspx), viewers can join a queue to control what the camera looks at. It’s possible to zoom in tight on individual nests or select wider angle views to see the whole scene.

Each spring, hundreds of great blue herons, which are classified as a “special concern” species in Canada, return to Vancouver’s Stanley Park as part of their annual migration pattern. Continue reading:
See a Live Webcam of Vancouver’s Great Blue Heron Colony

See the Great Blue Herons in Stanley Park

bird1Even if you’re not a birdwatcher, this is worth checking out.

Hundreds of Pacific great blue herons converged on Stanley Park this spring, for the 13th consecutive year.  The enormous wading birds, classified as at risk in B.C., have wingspans up to two metres and are easily identified by their bright blue head feathers and long beaks.

Right now, the herons are busy laying and hatching eggs in their nesting area, not far from Second Beach, near the Stanley Park tennis courts (behind 2099 Beach Ave., to be precise).  While sensitive areas are fenced off,  it’s still possible to see and hear the giant birds as they tend to their nests and get ready for young to arrive. Continue reading:
See the Great Blue Herons in Stanley Park