Photo courtesy of the Burns Bog Conservation Society

There is a place where the round-leafed Sundew plant uses its sticky arms to catch insects . where the Blue Darner Dragonfly roams freely among the delicate wetlands. It is a place where the graceful Greater Sandhill Crane migrates north for the summer to relish in the serenity and tranquility of its nesting grounds.

Welcome to Burns Bog, beloved home to rare and endangered species, and hundreds of other plants and animals. Located near beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Burns Bog is the largest undeveloped urban wilderness in North America. It sits just 12 miles outside the center of Canada's third largest city Vancouver in the suburb of Delta.

Burns Bog was named after Dominic Burns, who bought the land in 1905. Dominic was the brother of Senator Pat Burns, who purchased the land as cattle grazing land. However, wetland is not ideal terrain for cattle grazing so this didn’t work out too well. The land maintained its original state until around the 1940s when peat harvesting began and parts of the bog were dug up.

This Canadian landmark is truly an ecological jewel. At 8,000 acres, it is the last domed bog of its size and is the only one found in western North America. This self-sustaining ecosystem is a living laboratory, teeming with biodiversity.

Most importantly, it provides a crucial habitat for rare and endangered wildlife and plant species that, without Burns Bog, would not exist. These species find a certain haven and peace in the bog, and have adapted to its distinct climate over time. The bog serves as a refuge and hope for the future of so many.

Burns Bog is known for its vast wetlands and ability to amplify the purity of nature. As coal is transformed into a diamond after a great deal of time and pressure, nature has a knack for turning the seemingly unattractive into beautiful wonders of nature. Rotting plants have accumulated and have been transformed over thousands of years to create the enchanting habitat that Burns Bog is today. Join us as we explore what lies embedded beneath and what lurks above the bog's mossy green expanse.


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