Surrey Parks & Trails
With over 6000 acres of parkland, Surrey offers an outdoor experience unlike many other urban centres. The city has invested over $67 million in the past decade to upgrade and build new facilities and acquire additional parkland. From urban forests, to nature reserves, walking trails and sports parks, Surrey has some of the finest outdoor recreational land anywhere in Metro Vancouver.
Spend a day at Bear Creek Park where you can take a scenic walk, ride the miniature train, or cool off with a dip in the pool. Bear Creek Park offers a combination of quiet walks and other activities that make it an ideal spot for family adventures or individual exploring. Bear Creek Park is unique in that it is home to two salmon-bearing streams; Bear Creek and King Creek. The Gardens in Bear Creek Park is one of Surrey's finest, filled with horticultural treasures that offer new interest throughout the year. The pathway system within the gardens provides easy walking and is wheelchair accessible. The park includes sports fields, a running track, picnic areas, shelters and an outdoor swimming pool. A special family favorite on hot summer days is the water playground and this park is also home to the Bear Creek Park Miniature Train.
This park has something for everybody, including forests, ponds, trails full of different plant species and wildlife, playgrounds, sports fields, picnic areas, and more. Crescent Park is a beautiful oasis complete with everything needed for a day full of activities. Sports fields and play grounds provide endless fun, while the quiet trails allow for a serene stroll. Plus, stay for lunch at one of the picnic shelters and then head down to Crescent Beach, only a 5 minute drive away. Park trails can be accessed from various points around the park and will lead you through open meadows along the shore of a pond, over footbridges and through tree shaded paths. The park is home to various bird species,ducks and kingfishers.
Explore nature's beauty at Green Timbers Urban Park as you walk through the second growth forest and along the banks of the lake. Green Timbers Urban Forest offers peaceful retreat in the midst of a buzzing metropolis. Sporting a forest, meadow, wetland and lake, this Urban Forest is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and is an ideal location to unwind or stroll through the trails. The lake is stocked twice a year with rainbow trout and visitors and residents alike are encouraged to come and try their luck; provincial fishing regulations apply. As the birthplace of reforestation in BC, Green Timbers is the perfect place to take in a self guided interpretive walk, bird watch over the lake or check out a nature program at the newly opened Surrey Nature Centre.
Take a break from your bustling life and take a stroll around the 1 kilometer perimeter of Holland park, or bring your friends for a game of catch or soccer on the open field. Holland Park is Surrey’s first truly urban park. Located in the City Centre and highlighting a central focal point water feature, a stage and landformseating, this park has become the host of many community events and celebrations including Surrey's Fusion Festival and the Wandering Angels Lantern Festival. Other features of Holland Park include Roseholly Gardens, public art features, a 1 km walking loop with distance markers, an events lawn, and ample space for a future playground. This park is the perfect place for residents and visitors to combine City Living with the great outdoors.
Take a stroll around Mud Bay Park or bring your bikes and cycle around the paths and trails as you watch majestic birds soaring overhead. As home to many species of wildlife, Mud Bay Park is part of the Boundary Bay Important Bird Area and Western Hemisphere Shorebird reserve network and offers great bird watching opportunities during the migratory season. The area is also important to its resident species including raptors, songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and even Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. Mud Bay Park is one of Surrey’s newest parks where you can enjoy a leisurely flat cycle along ocean foreshore all the way from Mud Bay to Tsawwassen. Enjoy brunch or lunch in the area and return with the wind and the sun at your back! The park encompasses almost 16 hectares of waterfront property and provides for a vital link to the official spur of the Trans Canada Trail linking the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal and the Albion Ferry. The park respects the periphery farming areas and the sensitive nature of the waterfront for waterfowl using Pacific Flyway migration route. Public Access is provided to the waterfront and green way connections to Boundary Bay Regional Park to the west. (Please note that there are seasonal closures of the shoreline trails to dogs, bikes, and horses from fall to early spring each year to accommodate migratory birds)
More than just another day at the beach, on the Ocean Park Shoreline Walk you are sure to discover interesting creatures and wonderful scenery. This picturesque beach walk, (round trip return 6.5 km) combines shorelines and trails for a true west coast experience where biodiversity abounds. Tidal pools offer an array of sights and smells and it is best to go exploring the tidal pools for Hermit Crabs, Sand Dollars, sea stars and other marine life during low tide. You may even be able to see Harbour Seals in the water of Grey Whales spouting on the horizon of Boundary Bay. Wear sturdy footwear on this flat, but pebbly beach. Keep an eye on the high water mark and be aware, your return path may change as the tide returns. Access to the ‘1001 steps’ is at 15A Avenue near Kwomais Point where you can enjoy a leisurely hike down to the oceans shore among the tree shaded stairway. Remember to take only pictures and memories and leave the creatures of the sea to enjoy a full life.
Whether you are crossing the border or not, the Peace Arch Provincial Park is a beautiful place to spend the day with gardens, playgrounds , picnic areas and historical monuments. This unique provincial park, situated at the Peace Arch Border Crossing from Canada to the United States, is the symbol of peace between the two countries. The most prominent attraction here is perhaps the large, arched white monument that was constructed in 1921 to commemorate lasting peace between the two countries. The park is in total 16 hectares with 9 hectares on Canadian soil. With the park’s beautiful landscape, including a lily pond and a Canada flag flower garden, this is a popular spot with photographers. Indoor and outdoor picnicking areas and a playground are also available for families to enjoy the stunning views of Semiahmoo Bay.
Redwood park is a unique piece of history where you will find numerous species of evergreen trees from around the world, all leading back to the fascinating tale of the lives of two brothers. Featuring a collection of over 30 species of exotic trees planted by early settlers David and Peter Brown, Redwood Park contains the largest stand of Giant Redwoods north of the 49th parallel. The deaftwin brothers had been given the land on their 21st birthday by their father, 40 acres each. The land had recently been clear cut and was ready to be seeded as an orchard, instead the twins planted seeds from all over the world to grow both native and non-native trees along with flowers and vegetables. The brothers lived together on the land in a two storey tree house nicknamed the “hotel” which has been rebuilt and remains in the park today. Other tree houses were also used but had burned down over the years. Following the brothers deaths in 1949 and1957, the land was purchased by the city and restored to provide an amazing walk among ‘giants’. Sheltered picnic tables and a children’s playground provide the opportunity for a leisurely lunch break and entertainment for the kids.
The Semiahmoo Trail is a scenic walk that follows the path of the old Semiahmoo Wagon Trail through the Elgin area where you will be able to catch glimpses of history as you walk along the heritage site. The Semiahmoo Trail, one of Surrey's best walks, runs from Elgin School, near the Nicomekl River, to 20 Avenue in South Surrey. It was originally called the Semiahmoo Road and ran from Brownsville on the Fraser River, where the SkyTrain bridge now stands, to Semiahmoo (now Blaine) on the US border. It was the first road across Surrey, built in 1873-74 when Surrey was still part of New Westminster District. It fell into disuse with the coming of the railways and this section is the only remaining part in something like its orginal condition.
Take a guided tour around Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest or explore the area yourself and discover the rare plants and interesting wildlife as you meander through the trails. Sunnyside Acres is 130 hectares of natural second growth forest. Home to many species of urban wildlife, including coyotes and black tailed deer, the area was declared an Urban Forest in 1988 and has been left to grown in a completely natural environment. You may also see the rare orchid, rattlesnake-plantain (please do not pick them). With a variety of trail types, this forest includes the wheelchair accessible Wally Ross Trail. Guided walking tours are available through the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society at (604) 535-9288. Also on site is Softball City, host of the Canada Cup Women’s Fastpitch Tournament and South Surrey Recreation Centre, Youth Centre and Arena, home of the Surrey Eagles hockey team.
Spend a day at the Surrey Lake Park and enjoy nature as you learn about the wildlife that inhabits the area as well as interesting facts about the multiple purposes of the area. This 90 acre passive recreational area provides a number of benefits including habitat enhancement, recreational values and flood control for the area. Walking trails and bicycle paths in a natural setting will let you experience closeness to nature, right in the middle of the city! Watch eagles soar overhead while you walk along the banks of the 14 acre lake and natural wetland area. Although the lake was artificially created, it now provides habitat to local salmon, birds, and a variety of other wildlife. Continue along the trail into the forest where you may find various squirrels, raccoons, birds, and maybe even a Black-tailed Deer.
Tynehead Park provides a beautiful setting where you can enjoy a leisurely walk through various trails and explore nature while discovering the wildlife that lives in the park. With 260 hectares of rolling meadows,forests, and waterways, Tynehead Regional Park is nature’s oasis within the city. Managed by the GVRD, the park is on the banks of the Serpentine River headwaters that are among the best spawning and rearing habitats for trout and salmon. Picnic areas, scenic trails, fish hatchery butterfly garden and salmon fry pond all add to the adventure of discovery. Trails vary in length from a short 10 minute walk, to a more lengthy trail of nearly two kilometres that is sure to occupy you for an hour or more, there is even a wheelchair accessible trail. There is truly something for everybody including your four legged friend with the off-leash area, perfect for the enjoyment of both you and your dog.