This is a great place to go on a weekend. From 10-3 they give free tours and tell you about the permanent birds they have on display. The birds are there as they cannot be released back into the wild due to injuries that cannot be fixed.
In the summer they do daily tours, but otherwise you can use the dirt footpath to view the birds on your own, but with the tours you can see them closer.
Once a year, usually in April, there is an open house and they will normally do a bird release for everyone to watch. It's an exhilirating and emotional experience.
OWL is located near Boundary Bay airport in Ladner. O.W.L. is located at 3800 - 72nd Street. To get there get on to Highway 10 and turn down 72nd street - there are signs you can follow. Or call for directions, they will be happy to help you.
See the website for more details on the birds and facilities. This is a very good place to go! I worked and volunteered here for over a year - it's been one of the best times of my life.
P.S. You don't get to hold the birds unless you're a volunteer.
This is a nice place to stop in for a quick look. If you like perusing bookshelves, it's a good way to spend a couple of hours. There's also a little snack counter and a small art gallery. Near the magazine racks there's a fireplace and a couch to sit and relax. Out the back there's a kid's water park.
As I said, not a lot to do in Ladner, but one fun thing I have done several times is to get some wild bird seed from Save-On Foods (grocery) - don't use bread, it's NOT good for birds - and go behind the store to the little bridge to walk over the little brown river - th slough. There's lots of mallard ducks that live there and will congregate around to eat the goods. It's simple, but quite fun. Some will eat out of your hands, but they're not quite as brave as the ones at the bird sanctuary.
Unforunately there were no ducks around when I took the photo of the slough - but they're usually there, trust me.
This is a good place to bring your kids when the weather is warm or hot and they want to cool down. It's a cute little water park with lots of structures - it can be quite busy so the kids will have lots of playmates to muck around with.
For 50 cents a bag you can buy some lovely birdseed for the creatures in the George C Reifel bird sanctuary. The ducks and geese will eat out of your hand... or you can scatter it on the ground and watch the insanity. Either way, I could spend an entire afternoon doing this.