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Winter home of the Snow Geese and one of Canada's top birdwatching sites.
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Booking Programs With Us

The British Columbia Waterfowl Society offers a discount and tour guide for those wanting to learn about the Sanctuary's birds and the Sanctuary itself. Tours are provided by staff and senior volunteers. Birding groups, nature clubs, and school classes qualify for the discount. Book several weeks in advance to ensure a date to your satisfaction. A tour guide is provided for programs, as well as access to the museum. These benefits are not provided to groups who do not book tours. Payment is expected upond arrival.

Reserving a Program Time and Date:

* Organize a group between 15 and 30 people to qualify for a tour and discount.
* Phone the office at 604-946-6980 with a few dates in mind in order to make the booking.
* Note that we do not take email bookings.
* Programs start at either 10 am or 1 pm and last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
* Plan arrival and departure times accordingly. Note that once a booked program is finished, facilities and staff need to be made available to other visitors.

We take only one morning and one afternoon group booking per day in order to give each group our full attention and to ensure facilities are not overloaded. Teachers and group leaders with small children should not plan any lengthy play time after or before programs as there is no playground, and children need to be under supervision at all times.


School Programs

Visit our School Programs page for descriptions of program themes and a general outline of the nature tours.


Birding Programs

In addition to the opportunity to book tours if the group has a minimum of 15 people, we invite you to explore our Birding page for an overview of birding tips during your visit and links to explore.


Be Prepared

When arranging transportation, please visit our Planning Your Visit page for our location map and contact information so that these can be provided to parent drivers and/or bus drivers. Remember to dress for the weather, as most of the booking time is spent walking outside on the trails. Wear proper walking shoes. Some of our trails are grassy and are muddy after rainy days. Bring a bag lunch or snack if you are staying more than a few hours, and either bottled water or a thermos of something warm to drink, depending upon the weather.

Remember bird books or binoculars if you have them. Note that the Gift Shop has loaner binoculars for visitors if required. Many people enjoy capturing their tour on camera, but remember to pay attention to tour guide instructions about the proximity of cameras to the birds.

Common Birds

The following birds can usually be seen here, and the list makes a good base list in preparation for your visit.

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-Crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Trumpeter Swan
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Long-Billed Dowitcher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northwestern Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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