Metro Vancouver Park Series: Iona Beach Regional Park

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

We continue the park series with great guest post by Stewart Marshall (aka Right Antler) of the Moosehat Blog and

Iona Beach Regional Park

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How to get there by transit: Umm, you can’t. However, you can take your bicycle on the 98 to Airport Station. From there cycle west on Miller Road toward Russ Baker Way (i.e. the Airport) and turn right onto Templeton Street heading North, then keep going as it becomes Ferguson Road. The distance from the Airport Station to the park is about 8km.

Photo credit: Left Antler on Flickr

Size: 30 Hectares, whatever that means! What it does mean is 16km of hiking, 2km of horseback riding and 8km of cycling.

Photo credit: Left Antler on Flickr

Features and selling points: This is a quiet park, apart from the birds! Approximately 300 species of birds call it home and the park is one of the best places in North America to study shore birds. Unsurprisingly dogs must be kept on a leash. The 4km jetty takes you way out into the sea! In addition to fantastic birding, you will be rewarded with amazing skies, beautiful sunsets as well as the old jet to watch landing at YVR – the walkers and cyclists have their own paths. The beach has the biggest collection of drift wood anywhere which means there’s always a place to sit. This is a classic piece of the Pacific North West, you can ponder your thoughts by sand dune habitats, saline dune meadowns, wetlands and riverbank not to forget the beach of course.

Photo credit: Left Antler on Flickr

History: The park was opened in 1990 by the then BC Premier, William N. Vander Zalm and later developed as a part of the YVR Habitat Compensation Program after the second runway was built in 1992. 400 metres of tidal channels were created for herons and fish as well as the planting of around 1500 native trees and shrubs.

Photo credit: Left Antler on Flickr

Notes: For Leftantler and I this is a great place to take photographs. In a sometimes hectic city this is a fantastic escape and a perfect place to recharge!

Read more from Stewart Marshall on the Moosehat Blog and

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  1. Tyler IngramFriday, April 18th, 2008 — 9:32am PDT

    I’ve never been to Iona beach but it is one of the places I plan on going to one sunny day. It’s in my Walks and Hikes of British Columbia book lol. Though going out on the eddy( is it an eddy or a spit?) would be great one way.. but I would personally not like the trek back.

  2. Stewart MarshallFriday, April 18th, 2008 — 10:06am PDT

    It’s actually a Jetty and covers the outlet pipe of a water treatment plant. It’s a great walk though, just be sure to wear shades and plan on it being a touch blustery at times.

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