Planning a Visit to the Sanctuary?

 

Hours:

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

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, especially now that days are warmer. 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. PLease do not pick berries, flowers or anything else. It is illegal to catch, harm or remove any birds, fish or other wildlife. 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. Note also that there is a year-round ban on smoking, or the cooking of food anywhere in the Sanctuary.(More information on birds this month and other visitor notices)

What to See at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in August

August is when many waterfowl and shorebirds start to congregate in preparation for their fall migration. There are large flocks of Canada Geese offshore usually in this month, as well as diving ducks. In our pond system, shorebirds such as Western Sandpipers, Dowitchers and Yellowlegs are common, as well as a few other rarities every summer. The wildflowers are in bloom and there are many berries ripening, but we remind people not to pick or remove any of these things. These resources are part of the habitat we manage for the benefit of the birds.

       
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 http://www.ladner-bc.ca/index.php.

 
For more information, contact our office:
phone 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: 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 only roughly indicated on the map below as the 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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