Abbotsford, British Columbia | Chilliwack, BC | Langley, BC

Cliff and Sherry Jury

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Abbotsford, British Columbia

#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4

Phone: (604) 852-1960
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed


Chilliwack, British Columbia

8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5

Phone: (604) 792-1239
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Langley, British Columbia

Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2

Phone: (604) 510-2035
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Matsqui Trail Regional Park

 

There are many parks on the dyke system that follow the Fraser River. This one, below the Mission Bridge, is the closest one to us and is a pleasant walk most times of the year.
To get to the park, drive along Highway 11 toward Mission, turning left at Harris Road. Turn right onto Riverside Street which takes you through Matsqui Village. Continue along Riverside as it takes you under Highway 11 and ends at the parking lot of the park.
There are two directions you can take. Right is a walk along the top of the dyke past the farmland of Matsqui prairie, ending at the Page Road Trail head, a total of 6.5 km if you go all the way. This can be a warm walk in summer but good for biking and blackberries in season. There are also several spots where you can turn off to sit by the river bank. Left will take you along the river and is a more pleasant spot, especially for birdwatching. 

 The left-hand trail follows the river bank through mainly stands of cottonwood trees although other shrubs like snowberry and indian plum are present. Birds like chickadees, kinglets, warblers (in summer) and vireos love this habitat. And walking along the river’s edge gives you a chance to spot gulls, cormorants, grebes and other waterfowl. Most trees were in full fall colour during our last walk there in October. A nice spot to visit is Gladwin pond, 1.1 km from the bridge. Great blue herons are frequent visitors to the pond and the blackberry bushes and other shrubs are great places for towhees, native sparrows like the song, fox, savannah and lincoln, and wrens.

 If you would like, you can continue along the trail, past the pump station to Douglas Taylor Park.  This is a 5.5 km walk from Gladwin Pond. You leave the river at Glenmore Road and walk through wetlands and more cottonwood trees. The last portion of your walk is through farmland with views of Sumas Mountain and Mount Baker.

 

Trail along Fraser River Mt Baker, Sumas Mtn from dyke Matsqui Prairie from dyke

 

October 2012 Birding List (from Mission Bridge to Gladwin Pond)

 

Black-capped Chickadee Golden-crowned Kinglet Savannah Sparrow
Warbling Vireo Ruby-crowned Kinglet Lincoln Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco Bewick's Wren Robins
Double-crested Cormorants Downy Woodpecker Spotted Towhee
Great Blue Heron Song Sparrow Yellow-rumped Warbler