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Discovering Westham Island

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 SanctuaryThe 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 PostoIn 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.

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