A Sanctuary in Nature

One of my favourite places in Kelowna is the Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary. It’s located just off Abbott Street, a few blocks from downtown, and when I live there (someday) I’ll make this little haven part of my morning walk or run.

It’s an awesome place for taking pictures – pictures in nature or fun, outdoorsy photo shoots – because it’s got so many interesting things going on.

Yesterday we took an impromptu stroll down the wooden boardwalk that winds through the wetland, and I couldn’t resist pulling out my iPhone to capture some of my favourite aspects to share with you!

Development on the little marsh area started in the 1980s and has been a treasured haunt for those in the know ever since.

Bird watchers might spy the odd great blue heron or tundra swans or trumpeter swans. There are also sandpipers and killdeer, song sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, yellow warblers and California quail.

I’m not as up on my birds, but enjoyed seeing a sassy squirrel leap from tree branch to tree branch.

The foliage was quite overgrown in some parts, and I felt like I almost needed a long sword to slash my way through. But before long it opened up on a beautiful view of Okanagan Lake.

There’s Mr. Pear Tree and the two little pears, enjoying themselves on our ramble.

If you haven’t been, it’s definitely a secret worth uncovering.


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  1. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been here. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Lovely spot. We have an oft visited sanctuary here in the Similkameen, tucked in between Cawston and the river. Not as well kept as yours with the shaded walkway, but last year Charles and I watched a family of racoons about their business at the far end of the lower pond and there are turtles and ducks and herons, if you are lucky, and many of the wetland birds.

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