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.
Our weekly Sunday drive took us to West Vancouver’s Whytecliff Park. It’s a popular spot for families although, given that Covid-19 restrictions have only started to be lifted, we managed to find a parking spot quickly.
It’s too early in the year to see them yet but sea lions are also fans of the park, and can be seen sunning themselves on the beach during the Summer months.
Whytecliff Park is also home to over 200 marine animal species, making it popular with scuba divers. The park is noteworthy for being the first designated Marine Protected Area in Canada.
It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, and spend some time in the fresh air.
Just north of the Vancouver International Airport, at the mouth of the Fraser River, is Iona Beach Regional Park. Popular with walkers and cyclists, it’s a lovely place to spend some time in the sunshine.
The area is dotted with logs that have been washed ashore over time.
At the end of the trail you’ll find a secluded beach.
The tide was out, so we ditched our bikes and went for a walk out onto the sand.
Yes, that’s really me. I’ve dyed my hair dark on a whim.
On the way back along the trail I noticed ladybugs all over some half-dead thistles.
One last photo from the parking lot before heading off in search of lunch.