Photo Credit Adrian MacNair
Westham Island is a hidden gem, nestled between two tributaries of the South Arm of the Fraser River. Accessed by a single lane wooden bridge, these charming farm lands are only 30 minutes from Vancouver. Yet it feels like a country destination many miles away from the city. Locals’ tip – visit in late spring and early summer to catch the hatchlings at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.
Kid Approved Itinerary – Westham Island
Localz Urban Cafe – Stop in to pick up hearty sandwiches or wraps for a picnic lunch, and get a handcrafted latte for the drive.
George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary – The sanctuary is located on the north east corner of the island, on the Alasken National Wildlife Area. Sandhill cranes are some of the year-round residents, and many species of migratory birds make a seasonal stop. Waddling ducks eagerly seek out little hands full of seed, and the gravel paths accommodate short legs and strollers alike.
Westham Island Herb Farm – Meet the farm animals and explore the beautiful garden. This is a great opportunity to get an inside look at a working farm. And don’t miss the fresh produce, honey and more in the farm store.
Emma Lea Farms – This farm is bustling during berry season – u-pick or buy already picked. And with tractors to climb on, a playground and ice cream stand, it is a perfect way to end the farm tour.
Il Posto – In the heart of Ladner Village, this recently opened Italian eatery serves rustic cuisine from fresh, local ingredients in a causal style. It has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite and has a menu that will satisfy both adult and children’s palates.