Maybe your geeky Uncle Giles was cool, after all… Because what was once a hobby reserved for middle-aged Tilley hat enthusiasts, is now the latest hipster trend to sweep Vancouver!
Hipster millennials are leaving their avocado toast behind and heading to major birdwatching destinations to catch a glimpse (and post a ‘gram) of their favourite feathered friends.
British Columbia has 573 species of birds, many of which can be found in and around Vancouver. From the North Shore Mountains to the Fraser River delta, the Greater Vancouver region has a variety of wooded and wetland habitats that support hundreds of resident and migratory bird populations.
So grab your beanie and binoculars and check out these birding hot spots around Vancouver…
This lush urban park is Vancouver’s crown jewel, spanning 1,000 acres and easily accessible by bus, bike, and on foot from downtown. Stanley Park has as many as 230 bird species over the course of the year. The park is home to a great blue heron colony and nesting bald eagles. You’ll also find songbirds, owls, shorebirds, wading birds, warblers, birds of prey, and many other species.
Reifel Bird Sanctuary
The George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is less than one hour’s drive from Vancouver and is one of 92 federal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in Canada. Covering 850 acres of wetlands and natural marshes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary, the sanctuary has recorded nearly 300 bird species and is known as the winter home of the snow geese. Resident birds include sandhill cranes, mallards and spotted towhees.
The Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver is a unique tidal mudflat known for its abundance in wildlife, including over 240 bird species. Commonly sighted birds include waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey. The biannual “Return of the Osprey Festival” celebrates the nesting osprey who return to the flats every year.
The stylish Landis Hotel & Suites is perfectly located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, providing easy access to the city’s many wildlife hot spots. Each suite features excellent downtown views, two bedrooms and separate living and dining areas.