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.
The only way to visit this tiny island is to take the free ferry, which consists of a small barge that is pushed across Parson’s Channel.
The ride takes 5 minutes and, once you arrive, you take the perimeter road by bike or foot. We brought our bikes, and started off along the country road.
At 32°C, the weather was a scorcher so we took advantage of the odd shade tree.
We stopped briefly at Mann Point, which looks out towards Golden Ears Bridge.
Accessing the point is done by way of a pathway through a wooded area. At the pathway entrance is a sign warning of a bear sighting which makes one wonder how a bear found itself on the island. Perhaps it took the ferry over like the rest of us?
We got back onto the road and continued on our way, eventually finding ourselves back at the ferry terminal just as the barge was arriving.
Cycling around Barnston Island was a nice leisurely way to spend an hour. I’d like to return once the weather cools down. Have you ever been to Barnston Island?