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Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is a 130-hectare site (325 acre) located on the undyked floodplain of the Vedder River.

There are many walking trails and the wonderful  Rotary Interpretive Centre to enjoy.  The site is known for the large  breeding colony of Great Blue Herons as well as a wide variety of wildlife.    March to July is the nesting season and this reserve boasts over 150 nests.  There are also otters playing in the water in front of the nesting site as well as woodpeckers, swallows, mergansers and wood ducks .

There is no admission fee to get in.   Check out this link Photo Gallery to see photos of the site.

This meetup is on Saturday, March 8.  We'll meet at 10:00 am at the parking lot in front.  For those who wish to carpool, please post in the comment section whether you can offer a ride (and from where) or if you need a ride (and from where).

Detailed Directions

From the West (Vancouver)
Take exit 109, (just past the Vedder Canal) Yale Road West. Turn right (south) onto Yale Road West and continue to Sumas Prairie Road. Turn right onto Sumas Prairie traveling south to the end of the road. You will be at the reserve.

From the East (Hope)
Take exit 116, turn left onto Lickman Road traveling south. Turn right on Keith Wilson Road, left on Sumas Prairie Road and follow to the end. You will be at the reserve. Note there is a stop sign at each turn.

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  • Christine B.

    Thanks to everyone who braved the weather.. Wei Li sorry we missed you!

    March 8, 2014

    • Wei L.

      Really sorry to miss the group, will for sure meet for the next time! :-)

      March 8, 2014

    • Christine B.

      for sure!

      March 8, 2014

  • Wei L.

    Was late so did not see the group, but it is a great location. Managed to get some pictures. We should return later in summer. Thanks for organizing.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Janet

    Great location. Wished the rain held off a little longer. Will go back again. Loved seeing all the heron nests, it was a bonus that the west trail was open.

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Lorna S.

    I think it's a great place to go, the weather spoiled it a bit. I will probably go back when it isn't raining.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Wei L.

    We are running a bit late today...will try to find the group...

    March 8, 2014

  • Garry J.

    Sorry guys, I think I will take a pass on today. See you next time. G.

    March 8, 2014

  • Christine B.

    Well it's not raining now so we might get lucky!! But bring rain gear! See you all in a few hours!

    March 8, 2014

  • Lorna S.

    I'm trying to get in touch with Rob, who I'm suppose to ride with. Where shall I meet you and what time? I live in Fleetwood.

    March 7, 2014

    • Rob M.

      If your in fleetwood i can pick you up if you like i will send you my cell number tonite

      March 7, 2014

    • Lorna S.

      Thanks Rob.

      March 7, 2014

  • Sukh

    Rob, sorry but I'm not going to be able to make it this weekend. My persistent cold is not going away and I feel I should give advanced notice to allow someone on the wait list to take my place.

    March 6, 2014

    • Christine B.

      thanks Sukh.. hope you are feeling better soon! take care

      March 6, 2014

    • Sukh

      Thanks, Christine. Looking forward to the meet after this weekend's. I'll look forward to viewing your pictures of this weekend's meet if you guys go ahead with it. :-)

      March 6, 2014

  • Christine B.

    Just a reminder that I will be posting by 7:30 am on Saturday whether or not this meetup will be cancelled due to poor weather. Unfortunately the weather forecast continues to not be in our favour. 90% chance of rain in Chilliwack... so start doing your sunshine dance.. or at least a dry weather dance :)

    March 6, 2014

  • Carol J.

    I removed my RSVP.
    Hope someone can go in my place.
    Enjoy!

    March 4, 2014

    • Christine B.

      Thanks Carol!

      1 · March 4, 2014

    • Carol J.

      I'll be going with the Surrey Photogrsphy Club in June so since I'm so busy now, thought zi would give up me spot. :-)

      March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone. I have only attended one other meet up with this group and the only one I have participated in so far.

    A question for you

    Why is it necessary to let the group know if I will definitely be attending? Surely there could be a number of good reasons at the last minute, why this would be so. Health, other commitments. What difference does it make if ten or twenty show up. How would this spoil the day?

    March 4, 2014

    • Christine B.

      Graham, it is a courtesy to the organizer and the other people who are attending. In many instances, such as this one.. there is a waiting list, which means if you say you are coming and don't attend then someone on the waiting list doesn't get to go because it appears there is no room. Also, if you say you are going and don't attend, then the group is waiting for you at the meetup site, assuming you are coming. It doesn't take much time to update your RSVP and by doing so you are being respectful to the group. Also note that some meetup groups will actually ban you from attending their meetups if you are a no show too many times. This group doesn't do that.. but you can see how serious many groups take the RSVP list. Thanks for asking!

      March 4, 2014

  • Christine B.

    Also.. if you are currently on the wait list and can no longer attend.. please remove your name from the list.
    Thanks!

    March 3, 2014

  • Christine B.

    Hi Everyone.. I am very excited about the meetup. Here are a few housekeeping items:

    Please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend this meetup. We have a few people on the waiting list, so be respectful and RSVP NO if you can no longer attend. For those of you on the waiting list... there are often last minute cancellations, even the morning of.. so watch for last minute availability.

    Right now, the forecast is for rain on Saturday. Please watch this site.. if it's raining with no hope of clear weather...I will cancel this meetup by 7:30 am on Saturday. Let's hope for sunshine.. or at least dry weather!

    March 3, 2014

  • Janet

    Hi, I'm on the waiting list, any chance of there being room for one more by Saturday & let's hope it won't be raining..

    March 3, 2014

    • Christine B.

      Janet, its difficult to say if there will be any cancellations... but I would suggest that you monitor the site for any last minute cancellations.. there always tends to be people who can't go for one reason or the other even the morning of

      March 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all, I am looking for a ride from any skytrain stn . Erez.

    February 16, 2014

    • Christine B.

      Erez, I can swing by and pick you up again... 8:45 ?

      February 17, 2014

  • Garry J.

    **Car Pooling from Coquitlam**. I can pick people up at the Lougheed Skytrain station. Let me know if you are interested. Garry

    February 17, 2014

  • Rob M.

    Car pool from Surrey as well, I can drive and have room for 3

    February 15, 2014

    • Lorna S.

      I live very c

      February 17, 2014

    • Lorna S.

      I live very close, just let me know where to meet.

      February 17, 2014

  • Jean

    I REALLY would have loved to attend, but I have a prior commitment. I do hope you do it again sometime.

    February 15, 2014

  • Garry J.

    Does anybody want to car pool from Coquitlam area? I can drive.

    February 15, 2014

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