The mouth of the mighty Fraser River empties into the Salish Sea and all around lie some of the most diverse waterways and marshlands in the province. Just a short 15 km drive from downtown Vancouver, the Richmond Delta Trail takes you through the west coast of Lulu Island.

Deemed “the heart of BC’s Pacific Flyway”, this region is a major north-south stop for migratory birds on their way between Alaska and Patagonia. Every year the Richmond Delta Trail is inundated with incredible bird species ranging from blue herons and dunlins to western sandpipers, and snow geese.

For many, Richmond is where the Far East meets the Canadian West Coast – and a population that is over 70% Asian means many local chefs use the region’s unique geography to incorporate seasonal produce and fresh-caught seafood in their menus throughout the year.

Neighbouring Delta is home to three distinct communities, each with its own charm. Tsawwassen holds breathtaking beaches, Ladner boasts a waterfront community with plentiful farmland, and North Delta features amazing parks – including Burns Bog, North America’s largest domed peat bog.

No matter your goal – whether it’s spotting the birds of Sea Island, or enjoying the diverse local communities, there’s something for everyone along this beautiful coastal trail. Opportunities abound for birders of all skill levels to learn, share, and experience the best BC has to offer.

Follow the Richmond Delta Trail

The traditional land of the Coast Salish people including the Tsawwassen, Musqueam, Stó:lō, Kwantlen, and Katzie First Nations
Two Day Tour

Follow the Richmond Delta Trail

The traditional land of the Coast Salish people including the Tsawwassen, Musqueam, Stó:lō, Kwantlen, and Katzie First Nations
Two Day Tour
Day 1

Richmond

The heart of the Pacific Flyway, and a central hub to travellers throughout BC, Richmond’s diverse communities and spectacular waterfront vistas are home to a plethora of migratory birds.

Getting Here

BC’s Pacific Flyway

Truly some of the best birding in North America happens in and around Richmond. From the Musqueam marshlands of Sea Island and Iona Beach, to the migratory birds of Terra Nova Park, there’s so much to explore – all within reach of a bustling cultural centre.

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    Iona Beach Regional Park
    900 Ferguson Rd

    Located where the Fraser River meets the sea, this park is part of the Pacific Flyway, making it a great spot for viewing migratory birds.

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    Terra Nova Rural Park
    2631 Westminster Hwy

    Also located along the Pacific Flyway, this park offers great opportunities to see migratory birds, with viewing platforms along the trails perfect for bird watching.

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    Fairmont Vancouver Airport
    3111 Grant McConachie Way

    Situated in the middle of Sea Island, relax in comfortable rooms with unobstructed views of the ocean and North Shore Mountains. Close to great food, shopping, and the heart of the Pacific Flyway.

Historic Harbour & Iconic Birds

Located on the southwest tip of Lulu Island, Steveston Village’s historic harbour is full of heritage architecture and fresh fish – which in turn attracts a variety of birds looking for a taste.

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    Vancouver Whale Watch
    12240 Second Ave #210

    Running from April to October, take in the scenery on a whale watching tour focused on magnificent orcas, majestic humpback whales, and other marine wildlife such as porpoises, sea lions, seals and bald eagles.

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    Garry Point Park
    12011 Seventh Ave

    A large waterfront park where the West and South Dyke Trails meet. This area is known for a variety of raptors, shorebirds, and waterfowl.

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    Pajo's Fish and Chips
    12351 Third Ave

    Pajo’s serves up 100% Oceanwise certified, and delicious, classic fish and chips. Take in the harbour views while floating right on the water.

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    The Steveston Cafe & Hotel
    12111 Third Ave

    Established in 1895 in the heart of historic Steveston Village, this charming hotel has cozy rooms and a diner on the ground floor for convenient breakfast and lunch.

Day 2

Delta

The City of Delta is composed of Ladner, Tsawwassen, and North Delta – three distinct communities that welcome an incredible diversity of migratory birds, from snow geese to the western sandpiper, year-round.

Getting Here

Discovering the Marshlands

Just south of Richmond’s city centre, Delta presents a variety of unique birding climates, including some smaller islands home to renowned birding communities. Look up, and stay grounded, while the birds welcome you to their coastal habitat.

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    Westham Island
    Entry via the Westham Island Bridge

    Accessible by crossing the Westham Island Bridge, this whole island is a haven for birds as the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is on the northern end.

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    George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
    5191 Robertson Rd

    An important part of the Pacific Flyway, this 850 acres of walking paths, wetlands and marsh make this sanctuary a popular rest stop for millions of migratory birds.

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    West Coast Seeds Store
    4930 Elliott Street

    Find the perfect match for your garden with a selection of over 800 vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, or check out their kitchen and gardening supplies for great gift ideas.

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Flying South

With Vancouver International Airport to the north, and BC Ferries to the southwest, this stop on the BC Bird Trail is many folks’ first step into British Columbia birding. Keep an eye out for hawks, eagles, and a variety of gulls also on the go.

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    Great Blue Heron Heronry
    Entry off Tsatsu Shores Drive

    A popular great blue heron heronry with over 100 nests bustling with activity located right by the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.

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    Boundary Bay Regional Park
    Entry off Boundary Bay Road

    Part of the Pacific Flyway migration route, this park offers opportunities to see a large variety of migratory birds. Take the Raptor Trail for chances to see local owls and hawks.

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    OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
    3800 72 St

    Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of raptors, stop by for a guided tour, meet their resident raptors, and learn about all the different raptors living in British Columbia.

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    Coast Tsawwassen Inn
    1665 56 St

    Conveniently located near birding areas in the region, this inn offers modernized large, comfortable, suites and a host of amenities.