South Arm Marshes Wildlife Mgmt. Area,
Ladner, British Columbia, Canada travel - EH Tourism
Popular activities in this Ladner - Vancouver park include; kayaking, walking,
birdwatching, fishing, canoeing, boating
Metro Vancouver - South Arm Marshes:
South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area (SAMWMA) is a protected bird and wildlife sanctuary and reserve located within the Fraser River delta near the community of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada.
The 937 hectare (2316 acre) wildlife management area consists of mud flats, intertidal marshes, wetlands, islands, bogs, drainage channels, sand bars and wetland vegetation like reeds, cattails, sedges, rushes.
The area covered by the wildlife management area includes Ladner Lagoon, Ladner Marsh and the islands of Woodward, Barber, Duck, Rose, Kirkland, Gunn and Williamson. The islands of Kirkland, Gunn and Williamson are farmed and cultivated for food therefore sustaining the wildlife and birding populations in the region. Because of the importance of the program the islands are off limits to watercraft and visitors and are considered protected islands.
Land access is best via Lander Marsh and Ladner Lagoon. In Ladner Marsh there is a loop trail located on the banks of the storm water treatment marsh with a boardwalk section and covered viewing tower. And in Ladner Lagoon there is a perimeter dyke trail connecting to Ladner Harbour Park.
The more popular activities enjoyed when exploring the wildlife area include walking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching and boating. Accessing the wildlife area is best by watercraft. Boat launches located on the Fraser River provide the best access points.
South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area (SAMWMA) is part of an even bigger picture of protected wetlands, marshes and islands. The sanctuary neighbors other wildlife protected areas including the Alaksen National Wildlife Area and the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
The Fraser River wildlife management area provides a feeding, nesting and resting habitat for residential and migratory birds. The Fraser River estuary is one of the most important habitats in British Columbia for protecting marine, shore, predator and song birds.
The Sturgeon Bank, Boundary Bay and the South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area are recognized internationally as Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve habitats. The SAMWMA protects some of the highest populations of waterfowl and shorebirds in Canada. In fact... it is said that more waterfowl migrate and winter in the region than anywhere else in Canada.
Some of the bird sightings in the South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area include the Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and Western Grebe, Snow Goose, Great Blue Heron, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird and Song Sparrow, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Green-winged Teal and American Wigeon.
Other wildlife sightings in the region of the non birding variety include beavers, muskrat. coyotes, raccoons, minks, seals and California Sea Lions. And... the intertidal marsh and channels provide sanctuary for spawning fish like Spring, Pink, Chum and Chinook Salmon.
How to Get to South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area:
The main entrance to South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area is located on Ferry Road.
Best access is via watercraft from a boat launch on the Fraser River.
From Delta, BC travel south on 112th Street and turn right on 72nd Avenue. Next take the Hwy 91 exit onto Annacis Hwy and travel south. At Hwy 99 merge right and travel towards the ferry. Continue west on Hwy 99 and take Exit 28 to Tsawwassen. Take the Hwy 17 exit. and travel south and take a right on Ladner Trunk Road. Next take a right on Elliott Street and a second right on River Road. Continue on River Road to Ferry Road and park.
North Delta Watershed Park - Delta
Vancouver travel and adventure guide
Popular activities in this Delta - Vancouver park include; mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking
Metro Vancouver - North Delta Watershed Park:
North Delta Watershed Park is a wilderness community park and natural area located near the community of Delta, in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest park in the community of Delta and one of the more popular for hiking.
The Vancouver, BC parkland sits on top of an artesian water supply and measures over 153+ hectares (375 acres). The park is a forested parcel of land protected from logging, bordered by commercial, residential and industrial streets.
Highway 10 is the southern perimeter and 64th Avenue is the northern perimeter of the park. To the east is Scott Road and to the west is Highway 91 and the Burlington Northern Rail corridor.
The North Delta Watershed Park is a heavily forested park covered in Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar trees. In the middle of the park is an open meadow and day use picnic site.
There are over 11 kilometres of wilderness trails. The main trails in this Vancouver park include the Lower, Upper, Canyon, Water Tower, Pinewood, Shed Bike, Gravity Bowl and Briarwood Trails.
There are hiking-only trails and there are trails which are shared trails with hiking, biking and horseback riding. The routes explore along gravel paths and deactivated logging roads. Located along the trail routes are information billboards, bridges, trail signs and trail maps.
The mountain biking trails in the Vancouver park are not well identified based on level of experience and level of difficulty. Some trails include teeter-totters, ramps, ladder bridges, drop offs, gaps, skinnies and tabletops... you just have to find them.
The main open area in the North Delta Watershed is the ``Meadow``. The ``Meadow`` includes a day use picnic area, picnic pavilion and washrooms. The pavilion can be booked through the local Parks, Recreation & Culture office for day-use events and groups.
The ``Meadow`` is also the site for enjoying some of the best views in the park. There is a natural look-out area with views of Mud Bay.
How to Get to North Delta Watershed Park:
There are over 7 different entrances to the park accessing different trails. The main entrance is located on Kittson Parkway.
From Delta, BC, Canada travel south on 112th Street. Take a right onto 72nd Avenue and then a left on Westview Drive. From Westview take a left on 64th Avenue and continue to Kittson Parkway.
Ladner Harbour Park
Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Popular activities in this Delta - Vancouver, BC park include; picnicking
Things to do - Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner:
Ladner Harbour Park is a small community park located on the banks of the Fraser River in the community of Ladner, in the Metro Vancouver Region of British Columbia, Canada. From the banks of the Fraser River one can enjoy some excellent views of marine traffic and activity.
The Ladner Harbour Park includes a day use picnic area, picnic shelter, an off leash dog park, playground, sightseeing benches, washrooms and walking trails.
The walking trails are treed and forested with some ocean access. There is a short main trail and some side trails. The walking routes in the Vancouver park follow bark mulch and gravel covered trails with some sections of boardwalk.
The main trail in the Vancouver park is the Swenson Walk. The loop route leads to the wharf office and to some wildlife viewpoints overlooking the Fraser River.
From the north end of the park visitors can connect with the Millennium Trail. Follow the trail and it connects to the South Arm Marshes Wildlife Area.
How to Get to Ladner Harbour Park:
The main entrance to Ladner Harbour Park is located on McNeely`s Way.
From Ladner, BC travel northeast on Elliott Street and take a right on River Road. Travel northeast on River Road and take a left on McNeely`s Way and to the park.
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Delta - Ladner - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Popular activities in this Vancouver park include; birdwatching, hiking, picnicking, sightseeing
Vancouver, BC - George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary:
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a protected birding eco system consisting of intertidal marshes, wetlands, bogs and dykes (dikes) located on Westham Island.
Westham Island is in the Fraser River Estuary on the Southern Arm of the Fraser River where the river meets the Strait of Georgia near the community of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada.
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is part of an even bigger picture of protected wetlands, marshes and islands. The sanctuary neighbors other wildlife protected areas including the Alaksen National Wildlife Area and the South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area.
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is considered one of the best birdwatching destinations in Canada for viewing resident and migratory birds. The wildlife estuary, not only protects feeding, resting and nesting grounds for birds, it also protects the ecological well being of fish and other wildlife.
The sanctuary engulfs most of Westham Island measuring over 300 hectares (850 acres) in size. The sanctuary includes many dykes (dikes) and many of them double as walking paths. The paths lead to many natural view points, a 10 metre high lookout tower, some bird blinds and a good selection of information signs and billboards.
This Vancouver trail network connects to some services and amenities like a gift shop, a bird museum, a day use picnic area and washrooms. In total the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary includes over 7 kilometres of hiking trails.
The trails and dyke walkways and pathways follow crushed gravel paths and boardwalk. They are level trails, easy going and suitable for all fitness levels. A good number of trails are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly.
Throughout the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary there have been over 260+ different bird species sighted in the reserve. Both resident and migratory birds consider the reserve a top nesting, feeding and resting haven.
Some of the birds sighted in the bird sanctuary include the Saw-Whet Owl, Double-crested Cormorant, Barn swallow, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Bufflehead, Black-Capped Chickadees, Sandhill Crane, Red-throated Loon, Trumpeter Swan, Common Goldeneye, Killdeer, Western Sandpipers, Cooper's Hawks, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Western Sandpipers, American Robin, Barn Swallow, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Red-Winged Blackbird, Tree Swallows, Bewick’s Wren, House Sparrows, Wood Ducks, Rufous Hummingbirds and the Lesser Snow Geese.
The Vancouver birdwatching activities vary per season. Some birds are only viewed at certain times. The most talked about sighting is the white cloud of birds which take over the skies in the fall season - the Lesser Snow Geese.
During the fall months (September - November) over 30,000+ (as high as 80,000) Snow Geese arrive in the sanctuary from their Arctic breeding home on Wrangel Island (Russia). The last remaining geese leave, in and around, the months of May and April the following year. Peak viewing season is in September.
How to Get to George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary:
The main entrance to George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located on Westham Island.
From Ladner, BC travel southwest on 47a Avenue. Continue to travel west on 47a merging onto River Road. From River Road you will cross a bridge connecting to Westham Island and continue to the parking lot area.
Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve
Delta - Vancouver, BC, Canada - EH Tourism
Popular activities in this Vancouver park include; hiking, birdwatching
Metro Vancouver, BC - Burns Bog:
Burns Bog is the largest domed peat bog in the world measuring over 4, 000+ hectares. The peat bog (marshland, wetland) is a protected ecological reserve following the southern arm of the Fraser River located near the community of Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
The large landmass was designated an ecological reserve so to protect the sensitive flora and fauna, as well as, the wildlife which frequent the Metro Vancouver wetland area.
There have been over 140+ bird species and over 20+ mammals sighted in Burns Bog. Some of the mammals viewed while visiting the bog include bears, deer and beavers. Some of the bird sightings include loons, ducks, swans, eagles, owls, hawks, ravens, cranes and herons.
Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve is a small piece of the reserve open to the public for hiking and birdwatching. The public eco reserve covers less than 2% of the entire bog ecosystem.
The small section of parkland called the Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve measures only 24 hectares (60 acres). The routes which explore the blog are mostly following raised boardwalk paths, wooden bridges and wooden viewing platforms so to protect the sensitive wetland floor.
The Vancouver trail network consists of three routes. The largest pathway (Peat Moss Meander Trail) explores the deepest regions of the bog and it measures 1500 metres.
The Tractor Trail (530 metres) is a smaller loop trail which visits an old sunken tractor. The other small loop trail in the Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve is the Skunk Cabbage Trail (400 metres). The two smaller trails connect to the Peat Moss Meander Trail.
How to Get to the Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve:
There are many main entrances to the Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve via the gravel access road. Most park in the Planet Ice parking lot and access the trail entrance at the far end of the parking lot.
Travel the Annacis Hwy (Hwy#91) towards Alex Fraser Bridge. Cross over the bridge and take the Nordel Way exit. Drive east and turn onto Nordel Court and drive under the highway to the end of the road and the Planet Ice parking lot.
Deas Island Regional Park - Delta, BC
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Popular activities in this Delta - Vancouver park include; picnicking, hiking, fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, canoeing, biking, horseback riding.Deas Island Regional Park is a sightseeing recreation destination and a historic site located near the community of Delta in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The island consists of a series of interconnecting dykes (dikes) surrounded by tidal marshes, wetlands, bogs and sand dunes. The island's northern coastline butts up against the Fraser River and the southern coastline nudges up next to Deas Slough.
The activities enjoyed in the Vancouver Deas Island Regional Park include hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching, biking, horseback riding and sightseeing. The three main public areas with amenities are Fisher's Field, the Heritage Area and Muskrat Meadow.
Fisher's Field is located in the centre of the island and includes a day use picnic area with a picnic shelter, information signs, washrooms and a parking lot . Most of the hiking trails are accessed from here.
Muskrat Meadow is a bare bones field reserved for group camping. The Vancouver group camping site is for large activities, events and festivals.
This Vancouver heritage area is located near the entrance of the island park. The amenities here include some picnic tables, viewing tower (wheelchair friendly), pond, information signs, Delta Deas Rowing Club, public dock (for fishing and rowing club), parking, horse staging area and three heritage buildings. Here you can launch a canoe or kayak and... fish from the dock... and saddle up a horse.
Deas Island was once the site of a Vancouver cannery during the late 1800s. The three heritage buildings still standing include the 1905 Burvilla (heritage home), 1909 Inverholme Schoolhouse and the 1899 Agricultural Hall. The heritage school can be reserved for meetings, corporate training seminars, weddings and receptions.
There are over 5 kilometres (3 miles) of sightseeing trails in the Deas Island Regional Park. Most follow the dykes and a series of boardwalk paths. They are considered level and easy going trails suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. Located on the paths are sightseeing benches and viewing areas.
The trails are shared trails so be respectful of others. The more popular trails include the Island Tip Trail (leads to viewpoint on tip of island) and the the Dyke Loop Trail (walking dykes good for birdwatching). Other trails include the Tinmaker's, Riverside Walk, Sand Dune, Slough View and Tidal Pond Trails. Dogs must be on leash at all times in park.
How to Get to Deas Island Regional Park:
The main entrance to Deas Island Regional Park is located in Vancouver off at the merge of River road and 62B Street.
From the centre of Delta, BC travel north on 112th Street. Take a left turn onto 90th Avenue and then another left turn onto River Road and continue traveling west. Take a right turn onto Deas Island Road where River Road meets 62B Street. Can park in Heritage Area or continue to Fisher's Field parking lot.
Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner, BC parks & trails
Vancouver, Canada travel - things to do
Some of the more popular parks, trails and green space areas in the Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner, BC region of Vancouver, Canada.
|George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary : The reserve is a protected birding eco system consisting of intertidal marshes, wetlands, bogs and dykes (dikes) located on Westham Island near Ladner, BC. It is considered one of the best birdwatching destinations in Canada. There have been over 260+ different bird species sighted in the sanctuary. [ more information ]|
|Deas Island Regional Park : The park is located near the community of Delta, BC, Canada. The island consists of a series of interconnecting dykes (dikes) surrounded by tidal marshes, wetlands and sand dunes. The activities enjoyed in the park include hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching, biking, horseback riding and sightseeing. [ more information ]|
|South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area (SAMWMA) : The reserve is a protected wildlife sanctuary located within the Fraser River delta near the community of Ladner, BC, Canada. The area covered by the management area includes Ladner Lagoon, Ladner Marsh and the islands of Woodward, Barber, Duck, Rose, Kirkland, Gunn and Williamson. Activities include walking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching and boating. [ more information ]|
|Boundary Bay Regional Park The park is a protected eco system consisting of a diverse mixture of sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, intertidal marshes, tidal pools, mud flats, estuaries, grasslands and sand dunes. It is best know for its popular beach called Centennial Beach. During the summer months the popular activities include sunbathing, beachcombing, swimming, hiking, birdwatching, biking, picnicking and horseback riding. [more information]|
|North Delta Watershed Park The park is a wilderness community park located in Delta, BC, Canada. In the middle of the park is an open meadow and day use picnic site. Exploring the park are 11 kilometres of wilderness trails popular for hiking, biking and horseback riding. [ more information ]|
|Ladner Harbour Park : The park is a small community park located on the banks of the Fraser River in the community of Ladner, BC, Canada. The park enjoys excellent views of marine traffic and amenities like a day use picnic area, picnic shelter, an off leash dog park, playground, sightseeing benches, washrooms and walking trails.|
|Wellington Point Park : The Ladner park is a waterfront park on the South Arm of the Fraser River. There is a picnic day use area, a boat launch. off leash dog area and a dock.|
|Millennium Trail : A 6.3 kilometre recreation trail for hiking , biking that explores the Ladner Marsh and the banks of the Fraser River connecting the community of Ladner with the Deas Island Park.|
|Diefenbaker Park : A Tsawwassen park with a man made waterfall, playgrounds, walking paths, day use picnic area, washrooms, pier and a water spray park for children.|
Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner, BC things to do
Vancouver Canada travel, tourism guide
Some of the more popular things to do while visiting in the Delta, Tsawwassen,
Ladner, BC region of Vancouver Canada.
|Tours and Guides : Let someone else supply the equipment, transportation, entertainment and do all the talking. Sign up for one of the local tours with interpretive guides in the community of Ladner. They are experienced and knowledgeable and now the region. [more Tour and Guide information]|
|Visit an Attraction : Got some time to visit an attraction? There are some adult and children attractions in the region like a go karts, waterslides, museum, golf courses, casino, live theatre, movie theatres, art gallery, historic sites and so much more. [more Attraction information]|
|Birding in Nature : There are parks and trails in the Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner region protecting wetlands, intertidal marshes, bogs, river estuaries, mud flats, sandy spits and river deltas which attract all kinds of birds like waterfowl, predator birds, marine birds and song birds to the area. There are over 260+ bird species sighted in the Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner region. [more Birding Parks information]|
|Hiking Trails and Tales : There are hiking trails throughout Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner exploring urban forests, ocean coastline, wetlands, bogs, marshes, sandy spits, mud flats, dykes, river estuaries and sandy beaches which lead to lookout towers, viewpoints, playgrounds, nature houses and day use picnic sites. Most are level and suitable for all ages. [more Trail information]|
|Artful Thinking : There are art studios and art galleries in the region with paintings, carvings, sculptures and crafts on display and for sale. [more Gallery information]|
|Pick up a Paddle : Come paddle Ladner Marsh, Strait of Georgia, Canoe Pass, South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area, Deas Slough, Fraser River and any of the other waterways when in Ladner, Delta and Tsawwassen. Bring your own kayak or canoe or sign up for a tour with an interpretive guide. [more Park information]|
|Saddle Up : Explore the many horseback riding trails in the Delta, Tsawwassen and Ladner region. Some explore ocean coastlines, others forest and wetlands following on top of dykes with birdwatching opportunities. [more Park information]|
|Mountain Biking without Mountains : Hit the dirt trails connecting parks, forests, wetlands and waterfronts in the region. Find the teeter-totters, ramps, ladder bridges, skinnies, drop offs, gaps and tabletops. [more Park information]|
|Cycling Pavement : The roads are flat, shoulders are wide, dykes are everywhere, country roads are maintained and trails are well marked. Why not bring your road bike and try the Ladner Trunk Road Connector, Boundary Bay Greenway or Boundary Bay Regional Park.|
|Follow Historic Footsteps : Visit a museum or a park with historic sites like the 905 Burvilla (heritage home), 1909 Inverholme Schoolhouse and the 1899 Agricultural Hall in Deas Island Park. [more History Information]|
|Sips and U-Picks : Take a self guided tour visiting some of the local farm markets and u-pick farms. Try to pick more than you eat. Or visit a local winery and sign up for a wine tasting tour. [more information]|
|Treat your Palette : The region of Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner is populated with dine in restaurants, fast food and fine dining establishments. Try some of the local cuisine. [more Restaurant information]|
|Picnic in a Park: Pack a lunch and plan a visit to one of the day use areas in any of the parks in the region. Lots of areas to snack and pack when in Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner, BC, Canada. [more Park information]|
|Swing a Club : Pack up the clubs and try your luck at one of the local golf courses or driving ranges in Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner. [more Golf information]|
Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner, BC, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia travel, tourism
Delta - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Delta, BC, Canada is many things - it is a gateway to the ocean, an agricultural farming district, a ferry transportation hub, a base for exploring history, a wetland and marsh reserve, a migration sanctuary and home to residential communities.
The Delta region is comprised of three communities - North Delta, Tsawwassen and Ladner (South Delta). Together they form the Delta region which is part of the Metro Vancouver region (Greater Vancouver Regional District).
Located to the east of Delta, BC is the community of Surrey, BC and to the west is the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island the Gulf Islands. North of Delta is the Fraser River and the City of Richmond... and to the south is the community of White Rock, BC.
The combination of the geography, topography and historiography of the Delta region is very unique to the Metro Vancouver region. North Delta, B.C. is spread out across rolling uplands and flatlands. Ladner, BC is a riverfront community located on the south arm of the Fraser River. And Tsawwassen, B.C. is a waterfront destination located on the ocean's coastline sharing a border with the U.S.A.
Much of Delta, especially Tsawwassen, was first the fishing and hunting grounds of the First Nation people of British Columbia, Canada - most notably the Coast Salish First Nation people. The word Tsawwassen is from their native language meaning, "facing the sea".
Today, the Tsawwassen First Nation, manage their own government and public affairs while still living on their sacred lands. The Coast Salish First Nation Indian Reserve is located on the northwestern tip of Tsawwassen.
There are many services and amenities popular with travelers located in the Delta region. Some of the services important to travelers include accommodations, attractions, restaurants, gas stations, internet, coffee houses, grocery stores, gift stores, retail shops, banks, campground, hospital, mall and transportation services (ferry, taxi, bus).
The Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is a major transportation port servicing Metro Vancouver. The ferry terminal transports vehicles and foot passengers between mainland Vancouver and Vancouver Island (Victoria & Nanaimo) and the Gulf Islands.
North Delta, Tsawwassen and Ladner promote and preserve local history, culture and agriculture. There are farm tours, museums, gardens, art galleries, First Nation art, wineries, farmers markets, old canneries and historical sites like the 905 Burvilla (heritage home), 1909 Inverholme Schoolhouse and the 1899 Agricultural Hall in Deas Island Park.
Being that the Delta region is surrounded by waterways, ocean and dykes.... and that most of the land is in the form of flatlands, farms, ravines, marshlands and wetlands - it only makes sense that there are plenty of parks, beaches, trails and green space areas in the region.
Some of the more popular recreation and adventure destinations in the Delta, BC region include Burns Bog, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Deas Island Regional Park, South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area, Boundary Bay Regional Park, North Delta Watershed Park, Ladner Harbour Park, Millennium Trail and the Wellington Point Park.
The parks, trails, dykes and waterways are destinations for many adventures enjoyed in the region. Some of the more popular activities enjoyed by visitors include biking, walking, birdwatching, boating, sailing, hiking, golfing, horseback riding, wine tasting, fishing, water skiing, scuba diving, ocean kayaking, wind surfing, parasailing, rollerblading, sightseeing, houseboating, and canoeing.