West Dyke Recreational Trail
One of the most popular sections of Richmond Trail System is the West Dyke.
Located adjacent to Sturgeon Banks, the West Dyke Recreational Trail offers some of the most spectacular views of the North Shore and Coastal Mountains to be found in Richmond. There are panoramic views to the west of the ocean, Gulf Islands and estuary, with views to the north of the Coastal Mountains and Vancouver International Airport. This is the ideal place for watching a late summer sunset, or early morning sunrise while walking or cycling the trail.
Sturgeon Banks is a 21,525 acre estuary located on the banks of the Fraser River and Strait of Georgia. It is an important part of the Pacific Flyway, with 1.4 million birds migrating through the area annually and provides excellent habitat for nesting birds. The long expanse of marsh that makes up Sturgeon Banks runs from Terra Nova in the north to Garry Point Park in the south, it is adjacent to the West Dyke Trail and extends west out into the Strait of Georgia.
Visit this area often as the seasons change to view the landscape's transformation from lush, green marsh grasses to its sepia, honey toned winter colour and flocks of Snow Geese.
Printable route map - Trail Maps 2015 - West Dyke
Terra Nova Rural Park
The northwest corner of the main island of Richmond with excellent views of the mountains, Vancouver International Airport, Sturgeon Banks, tidal flats, river and wildlife.
Terra Nova Rural Park has been specifically preserved to highlight its natural surroundings in a unique rural landscape, balancing heritage, wildlife conservation and recreational uses. Tree-lined paths meander past historic buildings, which date back to the 1890s.
Features include native plantings, viewing platforms, pathways, picnic areas and a recreated slough. In cooperation with several community partners, the park promotes urban agriculture through a popular demonstration farm centre that includes community gardens, a schoolyard garden and a restored barn with a classroom and kitchen facilities for educational programs.
Complementing the park's "rural roots", the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment is a unique playground experience for children of all ages, including "natural play" elements in the design. For more information about the exciting play experience, please visit the Terra Nova Adventure Play webpage.
Picnic tables, washrooms and parking available.
Terra Nova Natural Area
A 35 acre protected old field habitat with perimeter trail and viewing platforms. Wintering birds, owls and hawks can be observed in this conservation area.
Limited parking available.
For additional points of interest at the south end of the West Dyke Trail in the Steveston Village area, please visit the Steveston Greenways page.