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George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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Address: 5191 Robertson Rd, Delta, British Columbia V4K 3N2, Canada
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+1 604-946-6980
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Situated upon 850 acres along the Fraser estuary at the mouth of the Fraser...

Situated upon 850 acres along the Fraser estuary at the mouth of the Fraser River, the George C. Reifel Migratory bird sanctuary is a must for birding enthusiasts. Easy hiking trails, bird blinds, and panoramic views await. See eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, waterfowl, songbirds, and the elusive Sandhill Crane.

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Great for photography

This is the greatest place for photographing birds. I have an annual membership and use it all the time. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. There are also some great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the greatest place for photographing birds. I have an annual membership and use it all the time. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. There are also some great views of Vancouver. It can get busy on the weekends however.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are lots of birds, though mainly waterfowl such as Mallards, Northern Pintails, American Widgeon and even Northern Shovelers. There are a 2 pairs of resident Sandhill Cranes as well. There are also a ton of Redwinged Blackbirds. Owls can be seen from time to time (great horned and sawwhet), but I have yet to see them. Harrier and Red-tail... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting refuge to visit. You can buy grains and seeds to feed the birds. Many of the birds, including cranes and ducks, will eat right out of your hand. Normally don't get this close. This also gives fantastic opportunities for photography, especially close ups and portraits. Also, for the birder, there is the chance to look at... More 

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best bird viewing place I have ever been to. Watching the Russian/Snow Geese take off at sunset by the thousands is amazing. Also, tons of other types of birds. Nice walk also along the dykes.

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1 Thank Tettlley
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Although Vancouver-born, this was my first visit to the bird sanctuary. There is plenty of parking and we were greeted by at least hundreds of mallards, all demanding some food as they swarmed by our feet in the lot. There is a daily sighting list and about a seven km walk through the marshlands. This is an excellent place to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I have very mixed feelings about Reifel which we visited for the first time on a snowy Friday in February. I've never been to a bird sanctuary where you can buy bags of seed to feed the birds. I've never been birding where I felt like I had to shoo the birds away from me. I don't know if I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This popular area features masses of ducks and geese that hang around for the food dispensed by visitors. In addition, it is a birder's paradise as many kinds of birds can be viewed here. On my last visit a couple owls were spied in a tree by the path. Sandhill cranes are common. Often large masses of birds congregate on... More 

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Delta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Nice little corner of Delta on the flyway for migratory birds. Winter months has thousand of snow geese plus many different other kind of birds. Entertaining and fun for kids.

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Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Fantastic trails and viewing area to see birds of all kinds.. Family friendly easy trails. Especially interesting when masses of migrating birds are there in the fall.

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Luganville, Vanuatu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This place would be great for any bird watcher, but it was especially good for our four-year-old daughter. There were birds everywhere. She could see them without binoculars. She could even feed them. Sandhill Cranes, Chickadees, Mallards and other ducks ate right out of her hand. The walking paths were easy and there was no need to go fast or... More 

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