Wildlife and Bird Watching
There’s no limit to bird watching in Maple Ridge and Meadows. At Golden Ears Provincial Park listen for Woodpeckers and Chickadees while strolling through the nature trails. At Kanaka Creek Regional Park watch for herons and kingfishers.
Areas like Grant Narrows Regional Park, where 200-plus species of birds and waterfowl habitat in the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area, offer possible sightings of Orioles, Thrushes, Trumpeter Swans, Warblers and more. The observation towers offer excellent opportunities to catch of glimpse of nesting Ospreys between May and August.
Did you know that the Pitt Polder area is a natural rest stop for birds migrating between Alaska and Patagonia? This area provides a much-needed habitat for rare species like the Great Sandhill Crane and the Tundra Swan.
Whonnock Lake offers an impressive range of local and migratory birds year-round. Expect to see Loons, Mallard ducks and a variety of small birds.
The Blaney Bog, located at the north end of 224th Street, is home to a variety of rare and endangered species including the American bittern, Great-blue Heron, Green-backed Heron, Audubons, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, Peregrine Falcon and Sandhill Cranes. At this time, no public access is available at Blaney Bog.
Hands on Experience
An exhilarating hands-on experience awaits you. Spend an hour, a half day, or a full day in a private tranquil setting in the company of beautiful Raptors. Come face to face with Red-tailed Hawks, Harris Hawks, Owls and Falcons. Don’t forget your camera. Open each year in May by appointment only.
Raptors Ridge – Birds of Prey
Bird Watching Trails
Pitt Lake; where marsh and surrounding wetlands are reportedly home to more than 200 species of birds and waterfowl, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, and the vast array of dyke trails throughout Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows provide excellent bird watching and wildlife viewing opportunities. And don’t forget about the “Ridge Meadows” section of the Trans Canada Trail, a 21.5 km portion of this famous national trail that meanders through both communities.
Community Multi-use/Bird Watching Trails
Golden Ears Provincial Park