I admit I do most of my dog walking in Joe Brown Park in Surrey. But I do like to mix it up a bit and recently have been loading my two dog pals in the car and rambling over to Watershed Park on the Surrey Delta border.
My first memory of this park many moons ago was seeing cars lined up to fill their water jugs at the freshwater spout that used to be on 64th. My first actual entry into this park was taking my youngest son there for an overnight camp for cub scouts. Jeez, I think this was in 2003, time flies. All the neighbourhood kids from the Scout troop that ran out of Colebrook United Church www.colebrookunited.org were there. Deep in the park is an official Scout camp, a little opening in the forest that allows campers to create an outpost of sorts. Dr. Steve Larigakis, who many of you may know, was our cub leader. Dr. Larigakis has always done so much for the community, and not only in healthcare. The kids really appreciated their Watershed moments. Thanks for this Steve!
There are two main accesses to Delta’s Watershed Park that I know of. There is one on 64th Avenue, west of Scott Road. There is a free little parking area on 64th. There are always places to park. There is another access just off Highway 10, on the other side of the highway from the Delta Golf course www.deltagolfcourse.com. You have to take the first exit to the right heading west on Highway 10 after Scott Road. You will usually see cars just parked on the side of the road.
Dog walkers, hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers frequent the park, so you have to share. It’s most peaceful and beautiful in the morning. If you access the park early in the day, you will usually have the park to yourself. The horseback riders and mountain bikers are usually there in the middle of the day or early evening. Given the lush landscape, there are many strikingly beautiful and lush areas (i.e., mosquitos - make sure that you bring bug spray, particularly in evening).
If you get a chance, make time to watch the mountain bikers. It is pretty entertaining to watch these talented athletes honing their skills. Remember if you see or hear a cyclist, please just step aside, as it’s easier for you than for them, and I have always found them to be appreciative. I found this youtube video of a cyclist in the park www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbOgJk0p0JQ. There are no jumps or fancy stuff in this video, it just shows how beautiful the park is to ride in.
There are so many trails in the park that you rarely run into others except at the trailhead and some of the popular mountain biker areas. There is a map at www.trailpeak.com/trail-Delta-Watershed-Park-near-Vancouver-BC-284 By just having a little study of this map I realize I have barely scratched the surface of all this park has to offer. I admittedly usually always take the same pathways. I’m going to be a bit more adventuresome in the next few months and will take pictures, and maybe a video. This park is one of the many benefits to living in Delta or Surrey. I’ll report back in a future blog.