The birding reserve falls within a flooded section of the Vedder River. The river floodplain creates a large wetland and marsh environment with natural dykes ideal for bird nesting, feeding and breeding.
The park measures over 130+ hectares. In the centre of the park are two large ponds called the north and south lagoons. The 9+ kilometres of gravel walking trails in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve circle around both of these lagoons - as well as - follow along the banks of the Vedder River.
The centre trail and dykes are shared trails with hikers, bikers and horseback riders. The perimeter trails are hiking only. Please respect the environment and do not stray off the trails. The trails are level and easy going. Most are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly. There are bird blinds, sightseeing benches and a viewing tower located on the trails.
The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is best known for its large population of herons. The reserve is the site of the largest breeding population of Great Blue Herons in British Columbia, Canada. There are also salmon spawning channels located on the Vedder River.
There are said to be over 100+ heron nests located in the reserve. Most are found on the south-west section of the reserve. The best time of year for viewing the heron population is during the months of March and July.
The facilities in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve include an interpretive centre (information, education), an observation tower, bird blinds, a gift shop, an outdoor amphitheater, washrooms and a day use picnic area with picnic tables and sitting benches.