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Early Bird Running

Get your day started with fresh air, exercise and birds! Join our local, volunteer run leader as we explore a unique and scenic running route every morning throughout the Festival and Congress. Each route features exciting points of interest and of course, birds! Pack your running shoes, water bottle and join us!

second beach route

We'll run along the City's beautiful Lost Lagoon lake, past the Stanley Park Nature House and ocean views at scenic Second Beach. 

DATE: Wednesday August 22
MEET: at 7:00 AM outside the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel [1128 West Hastings Street] 
DISTANCE: 5.5 KM (3.5 miles) 
ROUTE MAP: https://www.strava.com/routes/11660878

totem pole route

Hugging the southeast edge of the Stanley Park seawall, we'll head to the totem poles in Stanley Park (one of the most-visited attractions in BC) to see the artwork, which includes bird themed carvings. 

DATE: Thursday August 23
MEET: at 7:00 AM outside the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel [1128 West Hastings Street] 
DISTANCE: 6 KM (3.7 miles) 
ROUTE MAP: https://www.strava.com/routes/11660665

heronry route

Did you know Vancouver has one of the largest urban heronries in North America? We'll run to the location of the Pacific Great Blue Heron colony to see this impressive nesting site. 

DATE: Saturday August 25
MEET: at 7:00 AM outside the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel [1128 West Hastings Street]
DISTANCE: 6 KM (3.7 miles) 
ROUTE MAP: https://www.strava.com/routes/11660725


additional information 

Cost: Free to Congress Registrants

Birding Ability and Physical Fitness Level
All birding abilities welcome. Runs will be at a relaxed, conversational pace with a few stops along the way; participants should be comfortable running 5 to 7km to participate.

What to Bring and Expect
Come prepared with running shoes and running clothes that suit the morning weather. If you have a small running backpack, bring it along – it's a great way to carry your binoculars to get a closer look at local species we may spot along the way. We also recommend bringing a water bottle as there may not be access to drinking water along the routes. All runs begin at 7am and return to the hotel by 8am.

Bird Species en Routes

In August 2017, the bird species spotted in the area during the Stanley Park Ecology monthly bird count were:

  • American robin
  • Anna’s hummingbird
  • Barn swallow
  • Belted kingfisher
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Black-throated grey warbler
  • Brown creeper
  • Bushtit
  • Canada goose
  • Cedar waxwing
  • Chestnut-backed chickadee
  • Common raven
  • Double-crested cormorant
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • Golden-crowed kinglet
  • Great blue heron
  • House finch
  • Mallard
  • Northern flicker
  • Northwestern crow
  • Orange-crowned warbler
  • Pine siskin
  • Purple finch
  • Rock pigeon
  • Song sparrow
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Swainson’s thrush
  • Townsend’s warbler
  • Tree swallow
  • Virginia rail
  • Warbling vireo
  • White crowned sparrow
  • Willow flycatcher
  • Wilson's warbler
  • Wood duck
  • Yellow warbler