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Bird Watching

Bald Eagles in a tree

Vancouver is a terrific city for bird watchers.

Ducks, geese, swans, herons and many other species that migrate along the Pacific Flyway have called a Vancouver park or sanctuary home. Watch for bald eagles soaring above.

Stanley Park is the crown jewel of Vancouver's parks, and its great blue heronry is the oldest bird sanctuary in the vicinity. Each year, scores of herons build nests and raise chicks here. On a larger scale, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay Park attract thousands of birds on their annual migration. More than 250 bird species have been spotted at the Reifel bird sanctuary. 

At the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, countless free-flying tropical birds perch in exotic trees and plants.

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Grouse Mountain Resort - North Vancouver

6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7R 4K9

Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding, live entertainment, lumberjack shows, a wildlife refuge, The Eye of the Wind - Vancouver's iconic wind turbine & much more. In winter, enjoy snowshoeing, outdoor mountaintop ice skating, sleigh rides & some of the best in local skiing & snowboarding. Ideally situated overlooking the city, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of BC, from fine dining at The Observatory to flavourful après in Altitudes Bistro.


Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver


Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, to help ensure your safety. Some of the best certified captains & crew. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy intimate experiences with nature & our photographers some of the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With a maximum of 6 guests per trip, our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the wild in wilderness!


Vancouver Whale Watch - Richmond

210-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3L8

Go whale watching with Vancouver Whale Watch celebrating 16 years of whale watching from the lower mainland in 2015. This adventure of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands. We offer whale watching, wildlife viewing & nature tours in open or semi-covered zodiac style vessels. See Orcas, humpbacks, Dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles & seals in their natural habitat. With Zodiac style boats, we ensure a safe & stable ride for all ages. Avoid ferry hassles by taking your tour direct from Vancouver. Shuttle service from downtown Vancouver available or free all day parking.

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