Nature Trails Brochure 2022

NATURE TRAILS OF SURREY

800+

Surrey Parks

acres of parkland 6656

650km of trails and paths 260+

and wildlife

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Surrey's Parks Nature is never far away in Surrey! From the shorelines at Blackie Spit Park to a walk in the woods at Green Timbers Urban Forest Park, nature trails are a great way to experience nature in the city. Our parks are waiting to be explored and discovered, any day, any season. Help us protect and preserve these diverse places so they can be enjoyed for many years to come. Animals take refuge, search for food and build nests just off the trails. Please stay on trails and keep your dogs on-leash to avoid disturbing wildlife and sensitive habitats. Get ready, get set, explore! surrey.ca/parks | stewardship@surrey.ca

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Contents 1 BEAR CREEK PARK.................................................... 6 2 BLACKIE SPIT PARK................................................... 8 3 BOSE FOREST PARK................................................ 10 4 CRESCENT PARK...................................................... 12 5 ELGIN HERITAGE PARK........................................... 14 6 FLEETWOOD PARK.................................................. 16 7 GODWIN FARM BIODIVERSITY PRESERVE PARK.... 18 8 GREENTIMBERS URBAN FOREST PARK............... 20 9 SURREY NATURE CENTRE AT GREENTIMBERS.. 22 10 HAZELNUT MEADOWS COMMUNITY PARK........ 24 11 HI-KNOLL PARK........................................................ 26 12 INVERGARRY PARK................................................. 28 13 MUD BAY PARK........................................................ 30 14 REDWOOD PARK...................................................... 32 15 SEMIAHMOOTRAIL................................................. 34 16 SUNNYSIDE ACRES URBAN FOREST PARK......... 36 17 SURREY LAKE PARK................................................ 38

MORE PARKS OF INTEREST 18 ROYAL KWANTLEN PARK 19 ROBSON PARK 20 COUGAR CREEK PARK 21 PORT KELLS PARK 22 CLAYTON PARK 23 CRESCENT BEACH 24 DOGWOOD PARK 25 KWOMAIS POINT PARK 26 COLEBROOK PARK

LOCATIONS NOT MANAGED BY CITY OF SURREY

27 SERPENTINEWILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (DUCKS UNLIMITED) 28 TYNEHEAD REGIONAL PARK (METRO VANCOUVER) 29 SURREY BEND REGIONAL PARK (METRO VANCOUVER)

Bear Creek Park

Bear Creek Park is one of Surrey's most popular parks. From family adventures to individual exploring, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Discover many different habitats here. Look high in the treetops to spot owls and eagles, or look down from the bridges to the streams below to spot ducks and salmon. Trails wind through meadows and forests, and across two salmon-bearing streams: Bear Creek and King Creek. Salmon begin their lives here as pea- sized eggs, travel to the ocean and return as adults to spawn. During October and November you may see spawning chum, coho and chinook salmon. The stream also supports a diverse community of plants and animals including aquatic insects, frogs and salamanders. Look for interpretive signs along the trail to learn more. Bear Creek Park offers many opportunities to get outdoors. Walk through the captivating display garden and awaken your senses. You'll also find sports fields, a playground, a running track, picnic areas and shelters, an outdoor swimming pool and a spray park – a family favourite on a hot day. The Surrey Arts Centre is also just steps away!

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Blackie Spit Park Visit Blackie Spit Park to enjoy unique views of Boundary Bay and the North Shore Mountains. Located at the tip of Crescent Beach, the park is named after the sandspit that extends into Mud Bay. Trails lead you through meadows, along shorelines and along the dyke to Dunsmuir Community Gardens. Long before settlers arrived, Indigenous Coast Salish people collected food, rested and repaired tools here. Later, it was the site of a prosperous oyster company. Today, birds use the leftover pilings for perches and homes. Bring your binoculars, a field guide and a sense of adventure – who knows what you might see! Twice a year, Blackie Spit Park is a rest stop for over 300 species of migratory birds moving between southern wintering sites and northern summer breeding grounds. Year-round, a variety of birds bring sights and sounds; listen for red-winged blackbirds calling out or spot a hummingbird taking a pause in the treetops. You might even spot harbour seals or other marine mammals in the water. Blackie Spit is part of an Important Bird Area so parts of the park are designated as Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA). Did you know that birds like killdeer and savannah sparrows nest on the ground? Please stay on the central trail and don't access the beach from this area. Due to the sensitive nature of the plants and animals, dogs and bikes are not permitted in these areas. As an alternative, there are two off-leash areas for your furry friends to enjoy.

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Bose Forest Park Opened in 2017, Bose Forest Park is one of Surrey’s newest parks. Come walk the trails, have a picnic, and check out the nature-themed playground. In the 1800s, settlers started clearing their land for farming. Unlike many others, the Bose family left part of their property forested. They used it for recreation and welcomed the community to do the same. They knew this area was something special – and it is. This diverse forest is full of life. Spot some of our treasured coastal trees – Douglas-fir, western redcedar and bigleaf maple – and take your best guess at how old they are. Some are over 80 years old! Don’t forget to stop at the wildlife trees; these decaying trees help support the forest and are some of the best places to spot woodpeckers and owls. Finally, walk the boardwalk over rare swamp habitat and discover why swamps are sensitive ecosystems in B.C.

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Crescent Park With over 120 acres, Crescent Park is one of Surrey’s largest parks. Walk through a forest that transitions from evergreen to deciduous trees (those that drop their leaves) and past a pond. A variety of birds and other wildlife live here; eagles, owls, frogs and coyotes are just some of the creatures you might see. Did you know that Crescent Park was once a logging camp? It was part of a corridor used to transport timber to the Nicomekl River. “Nurse stumps” scattered throughout the park are remnants of this history. These stumps are given this name because they help keep the forest healthy and provide habitat for plants and animals. Crescent Park has one of the most extensive trail networks in Surrey. The loop around the pond is wide and compact, while trails through the forest offer a variety of slopes and surfaces. A loop made up of the outermost trails around Crescent Park is approximately 3.8 km long with many options for shorter loops. Relax and enjoy the park’s trails, open fields, picnic tables and shelters. Other amenities include two baseball diamonds, large multi-purpose fields and two playgrounds.

Photo credit Olivia Ann Photography

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Elgin Heritage Park Located on the banks of the Nicomekl River, Elgin Heritage Park is a natural and historical treasure. The park is an important place for migratory birds and is the site where the Stewart family once operated a thriving farm as pioneers in Surrey. The park is located along the Pacific Flyway, an aerial “highway” for migrating birds. Thousands of birds visit Elgin Heritage Park each spring and fall, feasting and resting on the banks of the Nicomekl River as they break from their travels. The water level changes with the tides twice a day because the river is so close to the ocean; otters, seals and a variety of shorebirds visit as a result. The river was historically used as a transportation route by Indigenous people and settlers alike; today you may see kayakers enjoying a paddle on the river. Who else might you see? Owls! Catch a glimpse of a barn owl near the mini-barn built especially for them. Search high in the trees for signs of great horned owls who also frequent the park. Don't forget your binoculars so that you can view them from the trail! Trails wind through marsh, forest and meadow habitats; across boardwalks; along the river; and past the Historic Stewart Farm. The trails at Elgin Heritage Park are primarily wide, gravel trails. Please note that the east part of the dyke walkway is shared with the Nico-Wynd golf course; for your safety please observe signage and exercise caution.

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Fleetwood Park Fleetwood Park offers something for everyone. Stroll through the urban forest, visit the scenic gardens, or cool down in a spray park. Most of the nature trails are found in the southern section of the park. Explore the popular 1.8 km loop trail that takes about 30 minutes to walk. Listen for pileated woodpeckers hammering on trees, watch for fish in Fleetwood Creek (from the bridges of course!) and marvel at bigleaf maples covered in moss and licorice ferns. Feeling adventurous? Discover the narrow and rugged trail that runs through the inner part of the forest. The southern section of the park is designated as an urban forest where many animals and plants flourish. To help protect the park's sensitive ecosystems, please stay on trail and keep your dog on-leash. This park is named after Lance Corporal Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, whose family were pioneers in the early 1900s.

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Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve Park Opened in 2017, this park was a gift from the Godwin family. They donated 26 acres of their property to the City of Surrey through Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. The land is rich in biodiversity and heritage and they wanted to share it with you. Tom and Elaine Godwin first purchased this land in 1969. The family built and operated a farm, tended the pasture fields, restored a salmon stream, planted over 10,000 trees and constructed a pond. For 45 years the Godwins cared for this land – environmental stewardship in action. Walk along the looping trails past a pond, through towering redwood trees, around a meadow and along an orchard (feel free to enjoy a small taste). Search for the 175-foot tall Douglas-fir tree, a designated heritage tree that is over 180 years old. E Creek, a fish-bearing stream, runs through the park providing perfect habitat for fish such as coho and chum salmon and resident cutthroat trout. A biodiversity preserve is an area preserved and protected for its variety of plants, animals and habitats; and the connections between them. Herons, owls, coyotes and salmon are just a few of the animals that visit the park. To help protect wildlife and habitat, dogs are not permitted in the park.

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Green Timbers Urban Forest Park is known as the birthplace of current day reforestation practices in B.C. It was once home to towering 200-foot tall trees, attracting visitors from all around. Despite public protest, the area was clear-cut in 1929. Replanting efforts began almost immediately making it B.C.'s first forest plantation. In 1988 and 1996, Surrey residents voted to designate areas of the park as an urban forest to protect its legacy for future generations to enjoy. The Green Timbers Heritage Society helped raise awareness and continues to steward the park today. The park is made up of various habitats; wetlands, meadows, a marsh and a lake are all nestled within a second growth forest. From osprey flying high above the lake and garter snakes slithering through the meadow, to Pacific tree frogs singing in the wetland and owls hooting from the trees – nature is never far away. Enjoy bird-watching and fishing at the lake year-round. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing from the shore is welcomed (provincial regulations apply). As you walk one of the many trails, look for the large stumps that are reminders of the once towering trees in the park. Explore the newest trails in the northwestern part of the park to find a glacial erratic, a large "wandering rock" that was carried a long distance by glacial ice. Don't forget to stop by the Surrey Nature Centre! The southeast section of the park is designated as an environmentally sensitive area to protect its ecological value. There is no public access.

*The park map shows Green Timbers Urban Forest Park and Green Timbers Park

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Surrey Nature Centre at GreenTimbers Park Nestled in Green Timbers Park, the Surrey Nature Centre is a place for everyone to discover nature in the city. Stop by and explore! The Surrey Nature Centre offers school programs, day camps, public programs, events and more, all focused on outdoor fun and learning. Check out our indoor interpretive space where we bring nature inside. There are lots of fun things to do here. Build a giant bird’s nest in the pole forest, or peek into the seasonal pond. Take a walk through the arboretum, a living collection of over 75 species of native and exotic trees. Explore the forested trails and try to spot wildlife that make this their home. For more information, please call 604-502-6065 or visit surrey.ca/naturecentre.

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Hazelnut Meadows Community Park

This park owes its name to the grove of hazelnut trees located in the grassy field near 142 Street, a remnant of an orchard planted in the early 1900s. Like many other parks in Surrey, you will find the "Big Three" trees of the Pacific Northwest here – western redcedar, Douglas-fir and western hemlock. These evergreen trees once blanketed all of Surrey. You’ll also find an open meadow with willow and oak trees – a perfect place for a picnic. The park offers 1.6 km of nature trails that take about 30 minutes to walk. On your walk, search for a small bird called a brown creeper, crawling up the trunk of bigleaf maples for looking insects. In the southwest portion of the park you’ll find the playgrounds, basketball and ball hockey courts, In recent years, students and volunteers have been actively removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs to take their place. These stewardship efforts have helped to restore wildlife habitat in the park. Can you spot any evidence of their work? Contact Stewardship@surrey.ca to get involved in projects like this. a community garden and picnic shelters. Bring your friends and family out to play.

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Hi-Knoll Park Hi-Knoll Park offers many habitats to explore. North of Colebrook Road you'll find a meadow and seasonal swamp along the Nicomekl River. Here you will likely find mallard ducks with their broods of ducklings or swallows swooping for insects in the sun. Try to spot other animals hiding in the tall grass. South of Colebrook Road is a wooded area with winding trails. You may catch a glimpse of songbirds or a pileated woodpecker; its large size, bright red head and loud cackling help to identify it. In the spring, the forest floor is carpeted with wildflowers and trees are bursting with new growth. Hi–Knoll Park provides the unique conditions that are needed for lovely fawn lilies to grow. Uncommon in Surrey’s parks, these beautiful wildflowers’ delicate blossoms make an appearance in the park’s shady areas in early summer. If you see them, please don’t pick them so everyone can enjoy their beauty! Follow the trails over Anderson Creek, a salmon-bearing stream. Hi–Knoll Park was gifted to the City by Doris Kathleen Skelton in 1974. Doris loved the land so much that she passed it on for us to explore and enjoy for many years to come. Please note: during the rainy season, the entire area north of the Nicomekl bridge may be inaccessible due to flooding.

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Invergarry Park Over 100 years ago, Surrey began consolidating land to protect and preserve the Bon Accord ravine and creek system which led to the creation of Invergarry Park. Bon Accord Creek, Wallace Creek and their riparian areas (those bordering streams, lakes and wetlands) provide shade, shelter and food for fish and insects. Today, the park protects significant natural forest and riparian creek habitat. The park’s walking trails lead up and down through the forest, giving you unique perspectives from above the forest floor. Throughout the park, large staircases lead you into the forest below. Look up for a chance to spot eagles and other birds in the treetops. Can you see any nests? As you walk the trails, take a look for the large devil’s club leaves or yew trees; both are rare to find in Surrey. Both of these plants have played important roles in medicine – a pharmacy in the forest! This local treasure is also the location of one of the Lower Mainland’s premier mountain bike parks. It offers a range of trails for various skill levels and ages, including some of Surrey’s most expert terrain. A small gravel parking lot is at Wallace Drive and Surrey Road. Street parking is available at various access points to the park including 114 Avenue, Currie Drive and Gladstone Drive.

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Mud Bay Park Located along the shore of Boundary Bay, Mud Bay Park offers excellent opportunities for bird-watching. Shoreline trails lead you past a variety of habitats supporting hundreds of different types of birds, mammals and marine creatures. The combination of mud flats, eelgrass beds, salt marshes, meadow and ocean creates an ideal mix of wildlife habitat. Did you know that eelgrass beds and mud flats are among the most productive ecosystems in the world? At Mud Bay Park, the eelgrass beds and mud flats are an important stopover for migrating birds in need of food. The park is located along the Pacific Flyway, an aerial “highway” for birds flying between Alaska and the Canadian Arctic to Central and South America. Mud Bay provides a buffet of food sources including whelks, worms, clams and mussels. Thousands of birds visit, nest and live in the park. During your visit, take a break on one of the many benches and try to spot some of the reclusive shorebirds. Enjoy ocean views while walking the park's trails. A 2.5-km loop trail takes you along the shore on a flat, wide trail. For a longer walk or bike ride, follow the main east-west trail into Delta and to Boundary Bay Regional Park. To minimize impacts to sensitive shorebird habitat, dogs, bikes and horses are not permitted on the two loop trails along the shore from October 15 to April 15. The main east-west trail that connects with the Dyke Trail to Boundary Bay Regional Park remains open to all year-round. The City of Surrey is working on coastal flood adaptation projects in the park that may impact public access and trail routes. Check surrey.ca/newparks before visiting the park.

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Redwood Park Redwood Park offers a quiet escape into the trees. This magnificent arboretum of over 50 different species of trees and five towering groves was started by twin brothers David and Peter Brown in 1893. It’s hard to imagine that less than 150 years ago this area had been completely logged. The twins planted diverse trees from North America, Asia, South America and Europe, including many fruit and nut trees. Today, a replica of the treehouse they lived in stands in the centre of the park. The park gets its name from the many redwood trees planted here. The red-brown giants that you see are giant sequoias, typically found in western California and famous for growing to be some of the largest trees in the world. Can you find the biggest giant sequoia in the park? It is estimated to be 110 years old – only a sapling compared to its 3,500-year- old relatives in California! Whether you are looking to have a picnic in a forest setting, play at an all-access playground, or simply wander amongst the trees, Redwood Park is the place to do it. Trails wind through forest, meadows and groves of trees. The trees are ever-changing with the seasons, so visit year-round and watch as the greens turn to gold and then back again. If you are looking for a more rugged trail experience, follow the trails down the slope in the southern portion of the park.

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SemiahmooTrail Semiahmoo Trail is a significant historical route that was used by Indigenous Peoples and early settlers. In 1874, the “Semiahmoo Road” spanned 40 km from NewWestminster to the settlement of Semiahmoo (now Blaine, Washington). It was one of the first roads in Surrey – originally only accommodating trail walkers, horses and wagons. Today, Semiahmoo Trail is made up of a combination of nature trails, paved paths and roads and provides residents with a peaceful place to walk. You can walk the trail in its entirety or just a portion. Animals also use the Trail as a corridor to travel between Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Park and the Nicomekl River. Semiahmoo Trail runs through forest and past ponds, creeks and other small green spaces along the way. Watch for birds of prey up above and listen for the chorus of our Pacific tree frog. Make sure to check out the huge Douglas-fir tree near the 22 Avenue entrance; it’s a designated heritage tree and a testament to the trees that stood here long ago. One of the easiest access points to Semiahmoo Trail is at the corner of 148 Street and 28 Avenue, near the pedestrian overpass. Please note there is no formal parking lot for Semiahmoo Trail.

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Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Park Sunnyside Acres was one of the first designated urban forest parks in Canada, thanks to Surrey residents voting to protect it in 1988. Once successful, an inspired group of residents established the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society, an organization dedicated to the ongoing preservation of the forest. Today, they continue to work closely with Surrey Parks to protect, promote and enhance this urban forest. After it was logged in the early 1900s, the forest was left to regenerate on its own, resulting in a diverse community of plants and animals. From the colourful vine maples in fall to the rare rattlesnake plantain orchid in summer, there are special sights to see in every season! Sunnyside Acres is home to black- tailed deer, coyotes, Douglas squirrels and many different birds. A large network of trails, including several loop trails, is used by visitors and wildlife alike. Trails wind their way across boardwalks, past streams and through thick forest understory. There is a trail for everyone, from the Wally Ross universal access trail (0.8 km) to more rugged nature trails such as the Douglas-fir and Moss trails. South of 24 Avenue, there are more walking trails and forested bike trails that border South Surrey Athletic Park’s many amenities. Check out the soccer fields,spray park, ice arena, skate park and recreation centre.

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Surrey Lake Park Did you know that Surrey Lake is a human-made lake? The lake helps with flood control and varies in size between ten to twenty acres depending on the time of year and the amount of rainfall – that’s the equivalent of up to seven football fields! It also provides habitat for amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. All of the fish in this lake have found their own way here from Bear Creek. To protect this sensitive habitat, dogs and water sports (including fishing and boating) are not permitted in the lake. Surrey Lake Park is a great place to bird-watch. Birds of all sizes are drawn to the park’s habitats to find food, shelter and water. On a typical day you might see a bald eagle soaring above or a marsh wren perched on the swaying bulrushes with its characteristic tail sticking straight up. Relax at one of the benches by the lake to see all of the birds in action! If you’re lucky, you might even see an eagle swoop down to the lake to grab a fresh catch. The 2-km out-and-back loop from the parking lot is a combination of flat trails and gradual hills. For a shorter walk stick to the trail along the lake. Bring binoculars as you explore the lakeside, meadow, wetland and forest!

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