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Boundary Bay Regional Park

When the sky is blue in Vancouver…..OOOOWEEEEE!!!!  You hightail it outside!  Boundary Bay Regional Park here I come!!!





After days + days of rain + grey skies, one morning I awoke to sun + an azure sky!!!  When these special rare days come along, you HAVE TO SEIZE THE DAY!!!!!  “AAAACK!!!!” I screamed, rapidly packed a lunch + literally ran out the door to head towards Boundary Bay Regional Park!Road Runner



It took me about 35 minutes to drive south into Tsawwassen, which is close to the U.S. border.  Not a bad drive if I do say so myself!





When you arrive at the parking lot, Centennial Beach is laid out in front of you.Boundary Bay - 01

This structure looks very new to me.  But more importantly, there are clean bathrooms – always a plus because I always drink too much water.  TMI!!!!  The Centennial Beach Cafe is at the end of the structure with a patio area looking out towards the water.  I’m going to have to give it a try another day!Boundary Bay - 02

Centennial Beach is VERY family friendly!  They’ve got a great playground…Boundary Bay - 03

Firepits…Boundary Bay - 04

Discovering…..Boundary Bay - 08

And building forts!Boundary Bay - 09

Oh yeah, + since this is a post written by yours truly, there’s mad bird watching!!!!  Hollaaaaaa!!!!Boundary Bay - 06

I don’t know why, but I seriously love bird watching!!!  I totally brought a backpack + had my camera + my binoculars hanging off of my neck.  I’m totally serious.  You WISH I was joking!Bird Watchers











Look at the reflection of the clouds on the water!!!  How gorgeous is that?!Boundary Bay - 07

If you get sick of tromping along on the sand there are also really great trails to amble along.Boundary Bay - 10

As I walked away from Centennial Beach along the sandy shoreline I saw two juvenile bald eagles flying up ahead.Boundary Bay - 11Boundary Bay - 12

I can’t stand it.  It’s too beautiful.Teary Eyed MemeBoundary Bay - 13









I had the foresight to wear my rubber boots to Boundary Bay even though it was a sunny day.  People were looking at me weird in the parking lot but I don’t care!  Wellllllll, I’m glad that I did, because I wandered out into the bay into the thick clay-like, mucky sand!  And that’s where all the action was!Boundary Bay - 14



















Duckies!!!  That’s not their official name.  I don’t know what these ones are called.  I’m obviously not that much of a birdwatcher!  Yet….Boundary Bay - 15

What was really interesting to watch were the seagulls that would search for clams in the mud. Once they had one in their beaks, they would fly up, release the clam to let it drop down + split open.  NUM NUMS!!!Boundary Bay - 16

I saw a speck of white out yonder + *GASP* I zoomed my camera lens to find a bald eagle!

Boundary Bay - 17ZOOM IN!!!  Here he is eyeballing me thinking, “Can’t I get a moment’s peace out here?!”.Boundary Bay - 19

There were a whole bunch of them out there!  Here is a couple of chaps just chilling out:Boundary Bay - 20

I call them the Statler + Waldorf of Bald Eagles.Statler + Waldorf












A Blue Heron.Boundary Bay - 21

Soooooooo beautifuuuuuuul.Boundary Bay - 22Boundary Bay - 23

As I sat on a driftwood log + ate my lunch, a wily crow was very irritated with my presence in his territory + was making a ruckus!Boundary Bay - 25

Just as I was about to leave the park, the clouds cleared over Mount Baker.Boundary Bay - 26

Mount Baker is situated in Washington state.  Oh, America!!!  So close, yet so far away!!!!

Boundary Bay is really such a great place to explore for so many reasons!  It’s a spot I will go back to often!  And the bird watching is AMAZING!!!!  The End.

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Deb Fayle #

    So beautiful Shelli … what a great way to spend a sunny day. And I love the Statler and Waldorf reference! I haven’t thought of those guys for sooo long!!!

    March 6, 2013
  2. rocky nishino #

    I am so happy that you had a great day with no rain. Your photos are so beautiful.
    Thank you showing us the pretty nature of birds, sea,mountain and beach. I loved this blog very much,


    March 6, 2013
  3. I totally understand what you mean about hightailing it outside when the sky is blue. I remember feeling a desperation because I never knew when the next clear day was coming. I never wanted to miss out! Those days are rare in Vancouver. And when the clouds part and you see Vancouver in all of its beauty you stand back with your mouth agape and stare in amazement. Super happy you took advantage and got to see the eagles. I miss their majesty.

    March 7, 2013
    • It’s true! When it’s not raining, Vancouver is such an amazing place to be!!! Otherwise, on grey days I’m like, “Curses!!!!”.

      March 7, 2013
  4. Ooh, Mount Baker! There’s a view I miss! Beautiful pictures 🙂

    March 7, 2013
    • Thanks! I was a picture taking fool that day! Unfortunately for some reason when the pics were posted on the blog they didn’t come out with that crisp quality that they did in their original state?

      March 7, 2013
  5. kenneth papi-dad's nishino #

    HOLLA, Nan, good 2 C ur going out and enjoying
    the wonderful scenery in Vancouver, yup, take ad-
    vantage of those days of el sol,…needless 2 say
    its been over-cast and rainy here in So.Cali, too,
    keep taking those terrific photo’s and the shots of
    the bald eagles were great, ok, take care, great
    talking 2 U last nite, cheers, Mahalo nui loa, Dad’s

    March 7, 2013
    • I bet the sun will be out in Los Angeles in no time!!! Lucky!!!!

      March 7, 2013
      • kenneth papi-dad's nishino #

        yup, suppose 2 be cloudy overcast day with
        some rain but amazingly the sun is out !!!!!

        March 8, 2013
  6. Shelli, hope you’re off to see the snowy owls this year. I don’t know if there’s an “irruption” year this year, but I’m going to Boundary Bay (the area near 172)in late November… to see if I can find any armed with 600mm in hand.

    September 25, 2013
    • Wow! Thanks for the tip! I will head out there in late fall + check out the snowy owls!!!! Your photos are beautiful!!!

      September 26, 2013

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