Winter home of the Snow Geese and one of Canada's top birdwatching sites.
Updates on Closures
January 8, 2021
The Sanctuary has been closed since December 24th. Upon reviewing the most recent BC Health authority updates, this closure has now been extended to February 5th. Even though the Sanctuary has wide open spaces, it will remain closed to minimize social gatherings and unnecessary travel between local communities. We do this to support ongoing provincial and regional initiatives to reduce Covid-19 spread through community contact.
Note that re-opening dates will be posted here on our website, on Google, and through our Twitter account @ReifelSanctuary.
The December closure was the result of growing concerns expressed by visitors about other visitors demonstrating lack of physical distancing and inappropriate large gatherings along the trails.
Please read the Covid-19 Liability Waiver on this page.
The Sanctuary is now closed on Mondays to allow maintenance without crowding visitors.
It also will not be operating at full capacity. Visitor must now book their visit through a new reservation system.
Gathering areas such as the Picnic Area and Warming Hut are currently closed. Staff and volunteers will have hand sanitizer available. Please wear masks in all indoor spaces (Gift Shop, Washrooms, Bird Blinds) and when physical distancing is not possible along trails.
The washrooms are small, so please practice safe physical distancing. Although we created extra sinks in an nearby outdoor handwashing station, this seasonal feature is now closed for the winter.
Our trails are variable in width and signs are now up suggesting ways to pass by other visitors while still physically distancing.
Please avoid gathering in large groups or blocking trails for others.
Picnicking is currently not allowed anywhere in the Sanctuary. NOTE: Bear in mind recent restrictions announced by Dr Bonnie Henry: "People can still go on walks or bike rides with one person who is not from their immediate household, but "need to be vigilant that a walk doesn't turn into a group of people meeting outside" and you must physically distance from one another during the activity."
We are currently not taking bookings for self-guided groups or for our programs or encouraging any visitors to gather outside of their own household units.
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January 8, 2021.