This spring we have just the thing that will give a new perspective and a pleasantly enjoyable but all together different spin on some of the water activities that you may already be familiar with, or have always wanted to try, exploring local Blueways.

What is a Blueway you may be asking?

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Photo Credit – Ola Cholewa

A blueway or water trail is a man made water path or trail that is developed with launch points, camping locations and points of interest for canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers. A natural way to see a multitude of landscapes in a way families can enjoy, and that supports the environment. Paddling down meandering streams with twists and turns, never quite knowing what you will see around the next bend.  

There are numerous blueways to explore with more being added every year! In this blog we will focus on a few exciting local options that will be a great start to building you and your kids new favourite hobby.

Nicomekl River Floating Nature Trail

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Photo Credit – City of Surrey

Perfect for beginners, families and seasoned paddlers alike, the Nicomekl River blueway in South Surrey is scenic and tranquil yet filled with surprises to explore and discover. From farmers fields and snow capped mountains, to forested hills and even a ‘from the water’ view as you glide past the gorgeous heritage Stewart Farm. The scenery is breathtaking and you will feel your cares melt away with every paddle stroke. There are highlights that are bound to be a hit with any little paddlers such as paddling under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway wooden trestle bridge.  With the right timing it is even possible to paddle under a thundering Amtrak train as it passes over. Launch sites are located at both the docks at Wards Marina behind the Heritage Stewart Farmhouse or at the boat ramp at Blackie Spit Park.  

The Serpentine Paddling Circuit

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Photo Credit – City of Surrey

A loop circuit in the central Serpentine Valley, developed with the novice or exercise-oriented paddler in mind. Taking around 2-3 hours to complete depending on how leisurely your pace, this blueway circuit will be your new happy place. The circle route is completely enclosed between drainage dykes, which places you in a quite stillwater haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Perfect for bird watching and wildlife spotting this area has an appeal that’s all its own. Located in the Cloverdale area, definitely make the trek to check it out this spring, you won’t be disappointed.  

The Fraser River Challenge

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Photo Credit – City of Surrey

The Fraser River challenge provides a canoe/kayak route for experienced paddlers. Stretching along the Fraser River waterfront in Surrey from Surrey Bend Regional park to Brownsville Bar Park. If you’re no stranger to a challenging paddle and are ready to kick it up a notch this is the blueway for you. With breathtaking scenery and plenty of interesting spots to stop, pull up your kayak and explore, you can make a day out of this route and will come home tired and happy from a day of sun, water and fresh air.

For more information on the Nicomekl, Serpentine and Fraser River blueways found in the City of Surrey, check out their Blueways Master Plan.

Salmon River

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Photo Credit – Stephan Shingas

Salmon River, located near Fort Langley, is a small meandering river and is the perfect place to slow the world down and take in the abundant wildlife this area has to offer. Heron, eagles and a variety of ducks are among some of the bird watching that can be enjoyed. There are even known to be the occasional beaver sighting if you keep your eyes peeled. The trip is 10 km one way, or 5 km if you put in just before Fort Langley.  Plan on at least 3-4 hours.

Widgeon Creek

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Photo Credit – Andrew Allan

Tucked away in Grant Narrows Regional Park in Pitt Meadows is another exciting paddling adventure just waiting to be discovered. There’s lots of nature to find here and an abundance of plant life and bird species to be found. In fact, it’s not unusual to see eagles, hawks, and great blue heron fishing for their dinner. Other wildlife include beaver, muskrat, otters, raccoons, and the occasional bear. Other draws to this incredible location include a campsite, breathtaking falls with crystal clear pools to swim in and fantastic picnic locations.

The perfect way to see a new perspective on something you already knew you loved or discovering a new passion. Anyone who enjoys getting out with family in a Kayak or Canoe, or completely alone for some mental reflective time, just floating along and breathing in the fresh air of the great outdoors, needs to try this. Check your tides, bring your lunch, snacks and plenty of water and set out for an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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Article Written By: Kirsty Tran