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Hey guys! Today I am going to give you a quick peek at the West Dyke Trail, part of Richmond’s extensive dyke system! If you’re up for a nice stroll, bike ride, dog walk, or just want to take in the natural beauty of the place, then the West Dyke Trail is for you.
Map of the trail:
The West Dyke Trail is a gravel pathway that offers excellent views of the Sturgeon Banks marshes, the distant Howe Sound mountains, and the Gulf Islands along a 5.5km path between Terra Nova and Garry Point Park. (Steveston) It should be noted that this is only a tiny part of the Richmond’s entire dyke system, which surrounds the entire island and is a total of 49km in length. (now THAT is a hike!) Richmond itself is only one metre above sea level, and located on a floodplain. (as we are on the mouth of the Fraser River) These extensive dykes actually keep us from flooding during high tides and excessive rain and are a mandatory measure to keeping us nice and dry.
The West Dyke Trail, which is the western most stretch of this dyke system, is open to the public all year around and is a fantastic walk or bike ride filled with scenic landscape and plenty of wildlife. In fact, while I was there today I even managed to catch a glimpse of a coyote! I’ve lived in Richmond my whole life and I’ve never seen one up close before. (about 10-15 feet away!) Unfortunately, I had my puppy Bailey with me, so I had to stop filming and grab him before the coyote realized what was going on! In hindsight, I probably could have gotten one of those great National Geographic hunting scenes on video, but Bailey is just far too cute for that. =) Don’t fret though- The West Dyke Trail is an incredibly safe place for humans and dogs alike. This is the first time in my life I’ve come across a coyote, so this shouldn’t be a deterrent to enjoy the mountains and marshes. It’s just a friendly reminder that this is a wild living habitat to countless birds and other small animals. In fact, the Sturgeon Banks marsh is a major migration route for almost 1.4 million birds annually, including our famous snow geese!
Whether you’re here in the summer to enjoy it’s lush green marsh grasses, or make it in the winter to see it’s sepia, honey toned vistas, the West Dyke Trail is the ideal backdrop for some great recreational activities and wildlife to boot. Just don’t feed the coyotes!
Here is a great resource provided by the city of Richmond showcasing all of major walking/biking trails in the city, including the dyke network! It’s a full colour map with pictures, information, and highlights in a .PDF form. Click the link and give it a second to load! Enjoy!