This isn’t the usual type of content I’d include in this series of Metro Vancouver Walks, as it’s more neighbourhood park with flowers, but i figured anyone living in the lower mainland could use a dose of colour. Because #raincouver.
Sendall Botanical Gardens are small, comprised of 3.5 acres tucked away in a residential neighbourhood in Langley. It gets its name from one of the town’s first mayors, Ernie Sendall.
Mr. Sendall and his wife, Annie, immigrated to British Columbia shortly after WWI with their children. From 1948, Mr. Sendall owned a farming machinery business on the land that would later be turned into the park.
He later became the first elected town Mayor on 30 May 1955, and remained in the position until his death. In the park you’ll find a carved statue of its namesake, pictured here with James.
The park includes several trails, one along a small creek, and a greenhouse full of tropical plants and flowers.
Surprising to find was this bee house, installed specifically for Mason bees and an attempt to protect, and encourage their pollination.
For more information about the company responsible for installation here at Sendall Botanical Gardens, and many other local parks, check out their website here.
My husband and I first spotted this park during an evening drive. The sun had just set, so not the right time for a walk, and we made a mental note to come back another day.
Fast forward two weeks when I was googling “walks near me”, as is one of my favourite things to do these days, and spotted it on the map. From the Metro Vancouver website ..
“Rolling meadows, mixed forests and views of Mount Baker await you in this regional park. Visitors can explore trails on foot, bicycle or horseback. Picnicking is also popular in the park. The wetlands here are important habitat for a variety of wildlife including frogs, salamanders, beavers and two endangered fish species.”
With 5 trails to choose from, we settled on Pepin Brook Trail. The trail itself is 2.3 kilometers, and is rated as moderate. While there was a short steep section, I think easy is a more accurate description.
At about an hour in length, this trail is a pleasant escape into nature. We plan to return in future to check out other trails.
Once upon a time, this 26 acre park belonged to the Godwin family. Tom and Elaine Godwin purchased the land in the late 1960’s and began a tree farm by planting hundreds of trees throughout the property. Sequoias, Redwoods and various Firs, just to name a few.
The Godwins also created a pond, where you may spot a rainbow trout or two.
In the mid-2010s the Godwin family gifted the property to the city of Surrey through Canada’s Ecological Gift Program, ensuring that the nature reserve was preserved and won’t be used for development.
A walk at Godwin is an enjoyable way to get away from people, while enjoying fresh air and taking in beautiful scenery. I look forward to visiting again, perhaps on a cool crisp Autumn day.
My friend, V, who many of you already know, recently demanded over text that I blog about trees. All caps and screaming, just like that.
I had been questioning whether I had any blog worthy content to share after essentially abandoning MOTM for most of the pandemic. I had lost my drive and, more importantly, my confidence dwindled to almost nothing.
Without a recent trip abroad, it was daunting to consider: would people would care about my low key (boring) life? Because aside from trips to the grocery store there hasn’t been much going on.
Mind you, my husband and I moved earlier in the pandemic. Downtown Vancouver suddenly became too people-y for someone like me living with panic disorder. Long story short, I needed to escape. So we now live in the suburbs and I absolutely love it. One thing we’ve begun to do is search out parks where we can get out into nature for an enjoyable walk each week.
That’s where trees come in.
Or, more specifically, TREEEEEES!
I’ve decided to start a new series, Metro Vancouver Walks, where I’ll share with you some of our weekly adventures.
Hopefully you like it. And hopefully I’ll start feeling like I’ve not lost my touch for blogging.
Thanks for the not-so-subtle suggestion, V!
PS. Eagle eyed readers will have picked up on the fact that my boyfriend is now my husband. A pandemic wedding!