Planning a Visit to the Sanctuary?



9 am- 4 pm every day including holidays. The Sanctuary is closed in the evenings.


Last Wednesday a car accident took out a power pole along the road just outside of the Sanctuary in the morning, trapping visitors all day and taking the power down. Since then our phones have not been working. Yes, we are open today, but if you have questions, be patient if you can't get through on the first try, as we only have one line active and no answering machine at 604-946-6980. Try emailing the Sanctuary manager if you can't get through.

Watch Your Time:

The Sanctuary closes for business at 4 pm and visitors are not allowed entry after that. Visitors still in the trail system then must be in their vehicles and going home by 5 pm.

Some Visitor Reminders.

Leave dogs or any other domestic animals at home, please. They are not allowed here and it is unkind to leave them in vehicles. Remember to stay on trails, particularly at this time of year, as trampled habitat often does not recover until April. This Migratory Bird Sanctuary is protect by the Government of Canada. Visitors are expected to watch and appreciate wild birds without harming or disturbing them or their habitats. Do not chase birds or try to handle them. Bicycles, tricycles, sports equipment and technology with speakers are not allowed on trails or in our facilities.(More information on birds this month and other visitor notices)

March 2015 News

The Snow Geese are just south of the Canada/USA border in the Skagit estuary right now, but will be moving northwards and feeding again here in the Fraser delta this month and into April. In the meantime, the Sanctuary in late winter is a good place to spot lots of hawks and eagles, and some of the geese and songbirds are starting to check out nest sites, so dress warmly and come for a nice quiet visit.

We were visited by a Great Gray Owl off and on since February 7th until the 26th. It roosted and hunted in an area that is closed to the public, but interested birders were able to get special access to watch it hunt in late afternoons in a flooded meadow viewable from a road.

UPDATE Mar. 3rd 8 am:There were no sightings for all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the bird appeared briefly then disappeared again after that long absence. We suspect it is still somewhere in the vicinity of the Sanctuary, but viewing opportunities are now closed as we never seem to be able to find the bird. This bird was increasingly variable in its routine before it took the 3-day absence, so it may favour another hunting area well away from the Sanctuary.

coins Admissions:

Adults- $5
Children-(2-14 yrs)- $3
Seniors (60 yrs+)- $3

If you buy an annual membership, admission is free for one year (details).

School Programs:

School Group Rates (by reservation only)(details)

credit cards  

Major credit cards and debit accepted. $5 minimum purchase.

How is the Weather Today?

There is a private weather station in Ladner which can give you a better idea of what to expect here at the Sanctuary, a few km seaward of Ladner. Visit the weather station website at .

For more information, contact our office:


Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
Phone: 604-946-6980
Fax: 604-946-6982

Sanctuary Location Map

Driving Directions: The Sanctuary is 13 km west of Ladner in the Municipality of Delta. west of the intersection of Highways 10 and 17A. From Ladner, follow Ladner Trunk Road (Highway 10) west to 47A Avenue and on to River Road. Follow River Road westward for 3 km and cross the bridge to Westham Island. Follow the main road to where it ends and there is a sign pointing left towards the driveway entrance gates of the Sanctuary. Follow the driveway 1 km to the Sanctuary parking lot and our facilities.

NOTE: GET UP TO DATE ROADMAPS. SOME ROADS BETWEEN TSAWWASSEN, THE FERRY TERMINAL AND LADNER ARE NEW AND MAY AFFECT YOUR ROUTE TO THE SANCTUARY. Please note the new South Perimeter road is complete now, and you can check the layout of intersections at their website for details. All visitors, please note this new road is indicated on the map below as a red line, and that part of the Highway 17 is now Highway 17A.

For more detailed maps:  Westham Island map  Tourism Vancouver website  Delta Municipality website

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