Eco-tourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and small scale. Eco tourism is held as important by those who participate in it so that future generations may experience aspects of the environment relatively untouched by human intervention.
Surrey's variety of parks and wetlands make an ideal eco-tourism environment for all aspects of wildlife. Places such as Blackie Spit, Serpentine Fen and Mud Bay Park are famous bird watching areas. Join the many other bird watching enthusiasts in areas where almost 200 species of birds have been recorded in one calendar year. There are also excellent self-guided walks that help you learn more about the treasured forests in Surrey.
Blackie Spit Park is a great place to learn about the history and ecological significance of the area while enjoying the beautiful ocean views and wildlife this park has to offer. Blackie Spit is one of the best birding areas in Canada with almost 200 species of birds recorded in a calendar year. The sandbars are a favourite spot for Harbour Seals and their pups. Blackie Spit Park also has an off-leash dog area, swimming beach, picnic area, washrooms, natural area trails, and walking paths.
The Serpentine Fen lies in a triangle between Highway 99, King George Boulevard (99A), and the Serpentine River. The fen includes many different types of habitats in its 150 hectares, and is home to more than 130 different bird species. September and October is the busiest birding season. In the winter months, many birds shelter in the fen where there is open water and a natural food supply.
The Elgin Heritage Parks is on the banks of the Nicomekl River. The forested areas between the two entrances to the park have many large trees often used by eagles and hawks to survey the surrounding area for prey. In addition to the historic Stewart Farm, the park features picnic facilities, trails and a nature conservation area.
The new Surrey Nature Centre will allow you and your family to explore Green Timbers Urban Forest in new and exciting ways! Meet your wild neighbours - from the tiniest insects to majestic eagles, playful squirrels and shy coyotes. Discover a place to connect with nature, a place to play.
Mud Bay Park is part of Boundary Bay. It is host to truly incredible bird watching opportunities. You can ride your bike around the Boundary Bay Regional Trail all the way from Mud Bay Park to Boundary Bay Regional Park. It is recognized as a great place in South Surrey to watch birds. Mud Bay has the right combination of tidal marsh and eelgrass beds to attract flocks of migratory birds.