The wind and rain may threaten to loom for a few more months before the sun and warmth returns to lure us outside. But that doesn’t mean that we need to stay hunkered indoors until Spring. With endless trails and unmatched natural beauty, there are hundreds of reasons to throw on your walking shoes and get some fresh air.
There are over 200 parks in the City of Surrey, and the City and Township of Langley offer many fields and trails themselves. You could point yourself in any direction and discover new, wonderful adventures; you really can’t go wrong. But here are some of the more beloved walks to try out this winter season.
Mud Bay Park
Running parallel to Hwy 99 and just around the corner from scenic White Rock, Mud Bay Park is a local favourite for a Sunday stroll or an afternoon jog. There is endless varieties of native wildlife and fowl to see as you wander along the shore which stretches all the way the Boundary Bay. Make this walk as long or as short as you please as it does connect 20 km of shoreline from Surrey to Tsawwassen along the Dyke Trail.
Also known as the Serpentine Wildlife Management Area, this walk is also found in the boggy fields of South Surrey. Located in the plains along King George Boulevard, the Serpentine trails have long been a home to many types of local birds. The area is overseen by Ducks Unlimited and boast a range of over 130 species of birds. The trail that surrounds the Fen is approximately 3.5 km and is the perfect setting for a leisurely walk with the birds.
Green Timbers Urban Forest
If you’re looking to get away from the shore and into the trees, the Green Timbers trails in Guildford is the perfect escape. It is one of Surrey’s largest parks and is home to over 10 km in walking trails, a fishing pond, picnic areas and the Surrey Nature Centre – a favourite among many families and school groups for fun and education. Plan a day trip to take in all the wonders of the park and enjoy the changing sounds of the forest.
Tynehead Regional Park
Moving over to North Surrey, Tynehead is home to over 260 hectares of meadows and forest. There is an off-leash dog park and a fish hatchery. There are many different trails and paths to choose from during your walk. Be sure to follow the marked signs and explore the limitless beauty of the changing landscapes among the park.
Fort to Fort Trail
Beginning in historic Fort Langley (which itself is always a worthwhile wander) the Fort to Fort Trail offers plenty changing scenery and gentle terrains. A loop of 7.9 km leads you along the Fraser River and back again. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, check your map and take a longer hike over into Derby Reach Park to continue your adventure.
Campbell Valley Park
If pastoral farm land and an idyllic forest ramble is more your cup of tea, Campbell Valley Park amidst six preserved farm plots and its 4 km loop trail is just for you. Popular with the equestrian crowd, there are plenty of places to stop and watch the horses go by. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park so you can easily make a day of it in this rustic setting.
Aldergrove Regional Park
Finally heading East, the Aldergrove Regional Park has plenty to offer during a walk. With a 5 km loop, more horseback riding trails and a turn around the pond, getting out to breathe some fresh air doesn’t require a longer drive into the city. Be sure to stop and admire the view of the beautiful Fraser Valley from any of the vantage points along the rolling hills.
There are so many places to visit and stretch your legs throughout the Fraser Valley. When preparing for any walk or hike, be sure to follow the marked paths and pack accordingly. Longer walks will require some water, light snacks, and clothing appropriate for the weather. So lace up those shoes and get walking!
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