Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. For those of your who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a good one. We had a lovely roast lamb feast and, as usual, I ate too much chocolate!
In order to walk off all that lovely Easter dinner, we decided to go to Burns Bog. I know, it doesn’t sound very attractive, does it? But if you like walking in a pretty, forested area and you’re looking for something to do in Vancouver to while away an afternoon, Burns Bog is a just the place to do it in. It’s situated between an industrial area on one side and the suburbs on the other and once you’re there, you would never know there were built up areas anywhere near you.
A Bit of Background
We only walked a small part of it, but Burns Bog is a raised bog ecosystem covering approximately 3,000 hectares (8,000 acres) of the Fraser River delta between the south arm of the Fraser River and Boundary Bay. The largest undeveloped urban landmass in North America and the largest raised bog on the west coast of the Americas, Burns Bog is globally unique because of its chemistry, form, flora and large size. Burns Bog is eight times bigger than Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
For many years, the land was used for peat mining and farming, which resulted in slow devastation of the bog. Preservation and conservation became increasingly crucial. The Corporation of Delta joined with the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and Metro Vancouver to preserve the ecological integrity of the bog. The legally binding conservation covenant placed on the property will ensure that Burns Bog is protected, and managed effectively as a natural ecosystem. Most of it is completely off limits to the public. To learn more, click here
Animal & Bird Life
Burns Bog is home to many animal species. According to the Corporation of Delta, the bog sustains 175 bird species, 11 amphibian species, 41 species of mammals, 6 reptile species, and more than 4,000 invertebrates. The Greater Sandhill Crane, black-tailed deer, dragonflies and eagles make Burns Bog their home. Beavers are also found in Burns Bog as well as the redback vole, pacific water shrew, barred owl, great blue heron, snow show hare, great horned owl, coyote, geese, ducks, California gull, to name a few. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on what type of animal or reptile you come across) we didn’t see anything on our walk. To learn more, click here.
We started off on the main trail from which the boardwalks branch off. This trail is perfect for walking and cycling and we met quite a few of both together with some friendly dogs who came up to say hi to our dogs. After much sniffing and some suspicious looks, we continued on our way.
We turned off onto one of the many boardwalks and found ourselves surrounded by lush vegetation, even though it’s still getting over winter. This, I think, is what makes it one of the nicest places to visit in Vancouver.
And just below the surface – water – yikes!. You can see why they call it a bog.
There were many information boards along the way
And also lots of lovely benches – it can be quite a long walk if you’re not used to walking (round trip is about 3 km long or 1.5 hours), so these benches are very welcome. It’s also very peaceful sitting here and contemplating life and a wonderful place to come in the middle of summer where you can walk your dogs (or yourselves) in the cool shade of the forest. A lot of these benches have been donated by people who love to walk here.
Lush vegetation turned into beautiful forest
With the sunlight peeking through the trees
We came across the famous Skunk Cabbage Plant. It’s very pretty to look at, but, as the name suggests, it smells just like a skunk – except not as pungent. This is the first time I’ve seen them as they only flower (and smell) at this time of the year.
And some shaggy-looking tree branches
Shrubs with pretty pink flowers as evidence of Spring
and fungus growing on the trees
Also spotted was a buried bulldozer that had been swallowed up by the mud some years ago
Our old Pit Bull started showing signs of tiring, so we cut our walk short and made our way to the main trail
It was wonderful to get away from it all for a couple of hours. If you’re looking for a place like this to visit in Vancouver, consider going to Burns Bog.
For other places to visit in Vancouver, click here.
Have a wonderful week.