Thanks to its temperate rainforest, alpine landscape, giant mountains, waterways and most importantly, the coastal location, Vancouver is a city rich in birdlife.
From eagles to owls to jays to sandpipers to Spruce grouse to more endangered species of birds, this stunning coastal paradise is an ideal place to spot beautiful winged creatures. For bird watching is an interesting activity here, take a look at the list of popular places to spot colourful birds in their natural habitat.
Stanley Park Herons
Designated an ‘Important Bird Area’, Stanley Park’s Herons is home to the urban great blue heron (Ardea Herodias Fannini). With a dense population of other bird species as well, including the nestling pair of bald eagles, the park remains a major tourist attraction in the city. Usually the spring months are considered the best time to spot these winged creatures.
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Established in 1963, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is one of the top attractions in the city. The sanctuary is home to a large population of native and migratory birds including sandhill, cranes, bald eagles, lesser snow geese, greater and lesser yellowlegs, long-billed dowitchers, and the western sandpipers. The months from December to April are usually considered the best period to spot these birds in their natural habitat before they fly back to the north of Siberia.
Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park
With a population of over 3700 bald eagles including the giant Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park is a terrific place to spot wild eagles. For those of you who are serious about eagle watching, the annual Winter Eagle Festival and Count, held in January, and the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, usually held in November, are must attend. Apart from eagle watching, fishing and game viewing can also be enjoyed in the park.
Home to rare species of birds and other interesting creatures, Boundary Bay is a popular attraction in Vancouver. The bay is known for being home to a diverse selection of waterfowl including anseriformes, duck, geese and swans. Eagles, hawks, owls and other migratory birds can also be spotted in this area. Apart from bird spotting, visitors can enjoy exciting water sports and activities such as hiking, trekking and camping in and around the bay.