The Great Blue Heron is one of the most distinctive North American birds. However, the Pacific Great Blue Herons do not migrate and depend entirely on wetland habitat in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island for their survival. The Pacific Great Blue Heron is a Species at Risk and requires our significant conservation efforts to ensure the long-term viability of its population.
It is fitting that the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve takes its name from this bird, since the south-western portion of the Reserve is home to one of the largest heron nesting colonies in the Lower Mainland. With over 150 nests, the colony is active from March through July of each year.
The Rotary Interpretive Centre was funded and constructed by Rotary Club of Chilliwack and is managed by the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society. Volunteers operate the interpretive centre all year ’round. Experienced staff provide interpretive programs for school groups and other interested parties.
Parts of the Heron Colony Loop Trail and the Discovery Trail are GATED AND LOCKED from late February to mid July to protect the foraging, feeding and nesting areas of the Pacific Great Blue Heron. Please note the location of these areas on the maps.
For more information, phone 604-823-6603, or CONTACT US
To respect the natural ecosystems within the GBHNR, cyclists, horses, and dog walkers need stay on the main Center Trail only please. All other trails inside the GBHNR are pedestrian only.
All our trails are maintained for nature, flat, and either covered with gravel or woodchips. Some trails may have boardwalks as well.
Heron Colony Viewing (Late February – Mid July): Located after a ten minute walk west on the Vedder North Dyke Trail.