With its lush parks, glorious trails, forests and streaming waters, there’s no better place to birdwatch than Kelowna, BC. This area of the Okanagan Valley offers some of the best shorebirding, gull-watching and urban birding experiences in BC. Kelowna, plays host to hundreds of birds in dozens of varieties. Better still, their locations are all within easy access – either by bus or taxi within city limits, or just a short drive from the city.
For a great way to learn of hard-to-find species visiting the valley, call the Okanagan Valley Rare Bird Alert hotline at 250-491-7738.
Located at the mouth of Brandt's Creek and can be accessed though Waterfront Park or Sunset Drive. Much of the sanctuary is man-made, blending in magnificently with adjacent Okanagan Lake and nearby residential complexes.
From Rutland Road turn west onto Fitzpatrick Road; continue along Fitzpatrick about 500 meters, then turn south onto Chichester Court. Proceed to the end of the road and park; a series of trails guide you through the ponds.
To reach Carney Pond turn north of Adams Road from Sexsmith Road. Travel north along Adams Road for 1 km; park by the large brown and white building and walk across the road, through the field, over the railroad track to the pond.
The walkway through this bird sanctuary is accessible at the end of Francis Ave. To access the sanctuary from downtown Kelowna take Abbott Street south to Francis Ave; turn right onto Francis and park at the end of the road. Sorry, no dogs.
This is a relatively small pond that is sometimes covered with waterbirds. Take Benvoulin to Munson’s Road traveling west until you reach the pond. Much of the area surrounding the pond is private property so please respect this area.
At the north end of Curtis Road, just off Valley Road, Robert Lake is one of the best areas for shorebirds in the interior of BC.