Aldergrove Discovery Trail and Wetland Restoration Project
Set for the official public opening in 2020, the Discovery Trail in Aldergrove will introduce new
opportunities for education and exploration. The 500-meter trail will take a periphery around a
brand new 10-acre wetland created to increase biodiversity and restored habitat for at-risk
species. Funding received from the Sitka Foundation, Trees Canada and BC Hydro supported the
progress of this project.
Who will this project benefit?
Ultimately this project aims to benefit the general public and at-risk species through the
restoration of disturbed park land into new wetland habitat and a public access trail. This
project is increasing the biodiversity in Aldergrove Regional Park by planting upwards of 4,400
native plants and removing invasive species at the site. This restored habitat has already seen a
return of the Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) and is ideal habitat for another at-risk species,
the Northern Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora).
Opportunities for environmental education on the Discovery Trial are improved by including
two accessible ponds so groups may get close to the water and experiment with dip nets. Plans
for class trips are already being developed by the Metro Vancouver Interpretive program.
The project will continue into 2020 with more plant installations scheduled for this spring. The
neighbouring field is being evaluated for possible old field habitat restoration to benefit
raptors, and support small mammal habitat.