George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is situated on Westham Island, just west of the community of Ladner in the Municipality of Delta, British Columbia, Canada.

It consists of nearly 850 acres of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary. For the millions of birds seeking feeding and resting areas during their annual migrations along the Pacific Coast, the Sanctuary is ideally located. It is a place where wildlife and their habitats are protected from harm, and it lies next to miles of flat marshland and the farmland of Westham Island.

Washrooms and picnic facilities are all located next to the parking lot. The dykes serve as walkways and are wheelchair accessible. A two-storey (10 m high) observation tower is located in the northwestern corner and provides an excellent view of the shallow ponds, the intertidal marshes of the Fraser River estuary outside the dykes, the ocean (Strait of Georgia) and landmarks in the Vancouver area.

Another viewing area with wheelchair access is only 15 minutes walk from the entrance gate, and overlooks the marshy islands and ponds of the south half of the Sanctuary. There are several small buildings along the trails. These are "bird blinds" or "hides" and are designed with small slat-like windows so that visitors can view the birds outside without disturbing them.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0
  • Red Marker
    49.098488, -123.178399
    49.0984876 -123.1783988

Upcoming Activities

Urban Adventure - George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Exploring Nature & Photography Trip
Birding is great at the sanctuary and April/May is one of the best times of
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 28, 2018
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Apr 27
Seattle Branch
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