Regional Parks

Hidden treasures full of wonder and discovery

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There are 23 regional parks, 4 regional reserves, 2 ecological conservancy areas, and 5 regional greenways in and around the Lower Mainland. From the famous Pacific Spirit Regional Park to hidden treasure like the Capilano River Regional Park, each is a place of wonder and discovery.

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REGIONAL PARKS

ALDERGROVE

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Located five minutes from the Aldergrove border crossing, this park contains a network of easy going trails that continue for about 12 km. The trails lead through the wooded park and are perfect for exploring on bicycles. The main park entrance is on 8th Avenue, just east of 272nd Street.

BELCARRA

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A spectacular marine shoreline dotted with beaches, small coves and fertile tidal flats, dark and cool coniferous forest and the region’s warmest freshwater lake. One of Metro Vancouver’s busiest parks, visitors come from across the region to hike, bike, boat, swim, scuba dive, picnic, and view wildlife.

BOUNDARY BAY

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An internationally recognized Important Bird Area, Boundary Bay Regional Park is a critical rest stop for thousands of birds using the Pacific Flyway migration route. In 1995, eighty-nine hectares were purchased for the park through the Lower Mainland Nature Legacy Program.

BRAE ISLAND

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Brae Island, located across from Fort Langley, is a 64 Ha site that was acquired in 1996. It is a Fraser River alluvial island that represents typical riparian forest coverage and includes fresh water marshes. Fort Camping, a pre-existing RV park, continues to operate within the park reserve. Public access to the reserve is restricted to the grounds of Fort Camping.

BURNABY LAKE

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Amidst the city’s hustle and bustle lies the calm oasis of Burnaby Lake Regional Park. The forests, marsh and lake of this 300-hectare park support a myriad of wildlife from shy coyotes and ever-active beavers, to frogs and a variety of birds, including Great Blue Herons. Over 17 kilometers of walking and equestrian trails and many birding sites offer hours of relaxation for the city dweller seeking a natural refuge.

CAMPBELL VALLEY

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You can lose yourself without getting lost on Campbell Valley Regional Park’s miles of walking trails. The landscape is so welcoming that you won’t feel isolated or alone. At every twist and turn along the pathway, a bird will call, a squirrel will chatter, and fellow walkers will offer a smile. Little Campbell River bubbles along its meandering course.

CAPILANO RIVER

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One of the best places to view the Lions is from the viewpoint (where, conveniently enough, picnic tables are also located) beside Capilano Lake in the park. The entrance to the picnic site is on Capilano Drive, just north of the Capilano River Fish Hatchery, which is also located in the park. The hatchery teems with piscicultural activity year-round.

COLONY FARM

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Established in 1910, Colony Farm originally supplied food for many of British Columbia’s psychiatric and penal institutions. Today as a regional park, it provides a retreat for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and close to 250 community gardeners who grow organic produce and flowers in 560 plots. Search the banks of the river for river otters, muskrats and herons or watch coyotes, hawks and owls hunt in the open.

CRIPPEN

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Crippen Regional Park on Bowen Island holds the crown as the king of picnic grounds. The park’s Snug Cove features picnic shelters and barbeques arranged beneath the sheltering arms of a cedar grove at Killarney Lake, a 30-minute walk from Snug Cove. Bowen is a paradise of trails, from relatively easy loops around Killarney Lake in Crippen Regional Park to the burning climb up Mount Gardner.

DEAS ISLAND

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Deas Island is in the south arm of the Fraser River between Delta and Richmond, British Columbia. Home to a regional park approximately 121 hectares in size, it is home to three historic buildings; Burrvilla, a stately Victorian home, Inverholme, a one-room schoolhouse, and the Delta Agricultural Hall. The island is also home to many types of birds and is a popular bird watching destination.

DERBY REACH

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Derby Reach Regional Park is rich with history. It is significant as an early Kwantlen settlement area and contains the site of the first Fort Langley established in 1827 as the Hudson Bay Company’s first permanent settlement within present day coastal B.C. Opened in 1976, the park offers visitors excellent fishing, camping, picnicking, walking, cycling and equestrian trails.

GLEN VALLEY

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Glen Valley Regional Park is a small park that borders on the Fraser River in Langley. Its 3 kilometres of trails offers some great views of the Fraser River. These trails are shared in places with horses and/or cyclists. This is also a popular fishing spot on the Fraser River.

IONA BEACH

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Iona Beach Regional Park can be a great escape on a rainy day, with magnificent scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities in the park. More than 300 species of birds feed and rest at Iona Beach Regional Park, making it critical that dogs be kept under control at all times to avoid harassing migratory birds.

KANAKA CREEK

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Kanaka Creek Regional Park is a long corridor of protected land that stretches almost 7 miles (11 km) inland from the Fraser River. The Bell-Irving Hatchery and fish fence are important parts of Kanaka Creek Regional Park. They support enhancement activities for Chum and Coho salmon as well as cutthroat trout populations in Kanaka Creek.

LYNN HEADWATERS

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Just 20 minutes from the city, enjoy the solitude of rugged wilderness at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. The clear, rushing water of Lynn Creek, sub-alpine meadows, rugged mountain slopes and spectacular vistas and more await visitors. Lynn Headwaters is a wilderness area where heavy rain and thick fog can quickly become dangerous. Be sure to register at one of the Hiker Registration Boards.

MATSQUI TRAIL

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Matsqui Trail Regional Park is located on the south shore of the Fraser River across from the town of Mission, and boasts a level dike trail that runs for over 10 km. The trail offers good views of the Fraser and the quiet farms that border it, as well as the snow capped Cascade Mountains. The most interesting time to visit is in late spring when water levels in the Fraser are at their highest.

MINNEKHADA

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Minnekhada Regional Park is a natural park situated in northeast Coquitlam, British Columbia, alongside Pitt-Addington Marsh and the Pitt River. It is over 200 hectares in size, and features trails, rock knolls, abundant trees, birds and other wildlife. At the center of the park is the main marsh area, divided into upper and lower sections, divided by a dike and small footbridge.

PACIFIC SPIRIT

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Pacific Spirit Regional Park comprises 763 hectares of forest and foreshore immediately west of Vancouver. The park’s forests stretch across Point Grey separating the city from the University of British Columbia. It contains a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities including ocean beaches, upland temperate rain forest and the Fraser River estuary.

SURREY BEND

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Recently opened, Surrey Bend Regional Park is one of the few remaining large, undisturbed areas in the lower Fraser River. Surrey Bend is composed of unique foreshore, wetland and transitional habitats including fresh water marsh, wet meadow, vegetated habitat and riparian forest. As a result, the site will be home to all sorts of insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles, as well as species with seasonal migrations.

THWAYTES LANDING

Thwaytes Landing is located on the West side of Indian Arm, this site is only accessible by water and includes 1,100 meters of shoreline. The rocky beach provides a welcome and scenic rest area to kayakers and canoeists. Steep, spectacular cliffs characterize Indian Arm. The property has significant recreational potential as a specific destination and will provide an essential gateway to any future trails in Indian Arm.

TYNEHEAD

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Tynehead Regional Park offers much more than simply trails. A picnic area, dog off- leash area and a group campsite are also offered. Visitors can go to the Tynehead Hatchery where many of the salmon and trout that call the Serpentine River home begin their lives, or learn about river ecology along the Salmon Habitat Interpretive Loop Trail.

REGIONAL RESERVES

BLANEY BOG

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Blaney Bog Park Reserve, along with the Codd Wetlands, represents the largest off-channel salmon rearing habitat within the Alouette River watershed and one of the last in the Fraser River’s lower reaches. It is a significant peat bog, surrounded by a unique combination of forest and creek habitats.

BURNS BOG

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The Burns Bog Reserve is the largest domed peat bog on the west coast of North America. The bog’s ecosystem sustains a wide variety of flora and fauna, including 24 species of mammal and 150 bird species. Burns bog is thought to be a major regulator of the region’s climate, since there is no drainage and all the rain fall is ultimately evaporated.

FRASER ISLANDS

Comprised of Don, Lion and Douglas Islands, the land base of this reserve totals 210 Ha. These sites are accessible only by boat and have no facilities.

WIDGEON MARSH

Acquired in 1992, Widgeon Marsh 661-hectare reserve borders on the largest freshwater tidal marsh in North America. It protects open lowlands and coastal rainforest slopes against a backdrop of spectacular mountain ridges and is a popular location for local film shoots.

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