This is another one of the easy, flat walks in the Tsawwassen/ Delta region, south of Vancouver. Marc and I did this a few weeks ago after our hike around Boundary Bay. We had seen so many bald eagles and birds of prey that we had walked incredibly slowly on our first walk. I had been stopping to take so many photos! This meant we both fancied walking a teeny bit further, so we drove over to this other trail at Brunswick Point.
The views from the Brunswick Point trail are totally different to other walks in Vancouver. You can see the north shore mountains off in the distance, but mostly the vistas look out to flat agricultural areas and marshes, with some views out to the strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island. This walk is meant to take about 2 hours, but it took us less than an hour and a half, even stopping for more photos. I actually think this walk would be better as a destination to cycle as it was so flat with a wide gravel road.
Brunswick Point Trail
Time: 1.5-2 hours,
Elevation gain: None at all!
Facilities: I didn’t see any loos or facilities and you are out in the open, so it’s not a good walk if you need to pee behind a bush
Can you do it? YES! This is another super-easy walk, with some stunning (if flat) views.
It wasn’t quite as good as Boundary Bay for seeing the birds of prey, but we did still get to see quite a lot of wildlife.
Dikes, nests and posts
The walk starts by the dikes of the Fraser River. There is a car park right at the end of River Road. Just walk through a metal gate at the end of the road, and you will find yourself on the path for the Brunswick Point trail. While we were there, quite a few cormorants were perched on the wooden groynes (I had to google the name of those!) But the coolest bird on this walk was a bald eagle mum who was chilling in her nest waiting for her chicks to hatch! The nest was MASSIVE! If you zoom into my photo you can see her eyes as she watched us.
Snow Goose Territory
After we went past the bald eagle nest, we started along the main Brunswick Point trail to see the huge flocks of snow geese. These dudes are really noisy as they chat and grab things to eat before they head north again for the spring.
I love watching these loud, chatty snow geese. They look especially lovely when they stand over large mirror-like puddles. When this second group of snow geese flew off, the whole area seemed ridiculously quiet!
The walk follows a path between farmland and the shoreline. There is a cool picnic area next to one of the farms along the track. It has a pretty good view out to the islands in the Georgia strait as well as all the cranes next to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.
One side of the path looks out to agricultural land in the delta, with mountains as a far-off back-drop. The other direction looks out to the field of cranes that help shift goods off and on to the huge boats.
We also had some good views out to the marshes. Apparently this is another really good spot for bird watching. Once the snow geese had flown away, it was all pretty quiet so we didn’t see a huge number of feathered friends. I think they were all avoiding the noise of their loud snow-goose neighbours.
The walk ends at the train line leading to the ferry terminal. It is a bit of a shock seeing so much industry after a long path next to farm land and marshes! To get back, you just turn around and walk back the way you came.
This is probably one of the easiest walks we have tried as it was so flat and quiet. If you fancy other super easy walks, these are other possibilities…
Other Easy Walks
– Boundary Bay Regional Park – This is the walk we did earlier in the day. It is flat and full of wildlife.
– Dog Mountain – This is a mountain BUT it is basically flat. You just wander along the mountain path, rather than up it.
– False Creek – You can walk as far as you like around False Creek within Vancouver. This is a good option if you’re not sure how far you can walk – when you’re tired you can pop into a bar or jump onto public transport.
– Stanley Park Sea Wall – Vancouver’s most famous (and obvious) walk. The sea wall goes for 10km around Stanley Park with gorgeous views of both the city and the North Shore Mountains.
– A Beach Trail from Jericho beach, along the Spanish banks and over to UBC. This is a busy, but pretty trail near the city.