Getting to Boundary Bay

Getting to Boundary Bay is as easy as hopping the the Canada Line in Downtown Vancouver. At Bridgeport Station in Richmond transfer to the #601 South Delta bus. Starting from Bay 7, the #601 runs every half hour [hourly weekends before 11 am]. Though the bus stops momentarily at Ladner Exchange you won't need to transfer. Jump off a few minutes later at the corner of 56th Street and 16th Avenue instead, cross the busy main street and continue walking east along 16th for 20 minutes or so until you reach Beach Grove Road. Take a left and you'll find the GVRD Park one block ahead. The trees on your left as you enter the park are a favourite perching place for Bald Eagles.

The entire trip, crossing three zones during peak hours, takes about an hour.

Walking averse? An alternative is to stay on the bus until South Delta Exchange, transferring to an infrequent shuttle. Both the C89 Boundary Bay and C84 English Bluff service Boundary Bay Regional Park on an hourly schedule

Incidentally, taxis are usually available at Ladner Exchange for a quicker, though pricier shuttle. Call dispatch at 604-594-5455 if no Green Cabs are waiting on-site.

The #601 Bridgeport bus will return you to where you started in reverse déja vu.

The salt marsh ecosystem of Boundary Bay supports raptors big and small at any time of the night or day. These birds of prey are most active at dawn and dusk.      

If starting from outside of the downtown core, zip over to the TransLink website to plot your route.

Most bird watching is done from the dikes though at high tide the beach will afford better views of feeding shorebirds. At low tide exploring the extensive mud flats of Boundary Bay is not recommended. Quicksand and in-rushing tides can be perilous. Becoming stranded far from shore is a very real possibility. The best time to see active feeding, particularly from owls, is from late afternoon on to dusk.

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