This summer, you can enter to win some great local park prizes when you share your photos from a Metro Vancouver Regional Park online. To inspire your explorations, I will be sharing some of my favourite parks (with a few already listed here). Since school is out, the days are longer, and it’s officially beach weather, I’ve decided to profile a Metro Vancouver beach that doesn’t always get as much press as it deserves: Boundary Bay Regional Park and Centennial Beach.
Boundary Bay Regional Park and Centennial Beach
Boundary Bay has everything: Mountain views, sandy beaches, sea side hiking trails, picnic shelters, multi-use fields, playground, concession stand, views of birds in the Pacific Flyway migration route, and more.
The bike-friendly 12 Ave Dyke Trail is 2km long, and the tidal flats stretch out as far as the eye can see at low tide. Take a beachcombing walk to spot sand dollars, shells and crabs, while the whole family can enjoy wading in the waters. Catch a sunrise in the morning on the east-facing shore, watch aircraft take off from the Boundary Bay Airport, and soak up the views of Mount Baker.
The Centennial Beach Café provides concession services at the park throughout the summer, and facilities like Cammidge House, the multi-use field, picnic shelters, and beach picnic areas can be reserved. The beach has washrooms and change rooms, a playground and parking, along with electric vehicle charging stations. Due to the sensitive nature of the area hosting thousands of migratory birds, dogs are required to stay on-leash.
To get there from Vancouver, you can take the Canada Line to Bridgeport and hop on 601 South Delta bus. Disembark at 56th and 12th in South Delta and then you can either walk east on 12th to the top end of the seaside trail (15 mins), or take a community shuttle C89 bus from that intersection to get closer to the southern entrance to the park.
Visit during the week to avoid crowds and take some pics to share with the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Photo Contest this summer.