April 2022 Vancouver Hike of the Month: Reifel Bird Sanctuary

A group of Sandhill Cranes at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary near Vancouver

A group of Sandhill Cranes. Photo: Tjflex2/Flickr. Used under CC BY-ND 2.0

The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a great spot for a spring hike as ducks, geese, songbirds, and shorebirds stop by on migrations or settle in for nesting season. Use our trail guide to follow a 4.5-kilometre loop that hits all the major bird viewing sites.

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April 2022 Vancouver Hike of the Month: Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

Children hiking in the forest near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Vancouver has so many hiking options. Introduce your little ones to the outdoors early with one of these easy hikes. They’re short, flat(ish) and have lots of things to keep young hikers occupied along the way.

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Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

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

Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Discovering Westham Island — Part I

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

It’s a tiny island a short drive from Vancouver with its own world-class bird sanctuary, farm stands and acres of pumpkin patches, and waterfront bike trails you’ll likely have all to yourself.

And pretty much no one has heard of it.

Westham Island is roughly a 45-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver, past Richmond and just next door to the small agricultural community of Ladner. I checked out the island recently on a sunny fall day.

A narrow tributary of the Fraser River separates Westham Island from the mainland.  To get across, you have to navigate a creaky, one-lane wooden bridge that’s been patched here and there with plywood.  Sometimes the bridge rotates to allow passing boats to get by and you might find a half-dozen cars lined up and waiting to get across. Continue reading:
Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Discovering Westham Island — Part I