Getting to Golden Ears Provincial Park is a bit of an adventure in itself. After crossing the bridge of the same name, making your way through the scenic back roads of Maple Ridge and finally passing the giant mountain goat statue at the park’s entrance, it almost feels like you’ve left Vancouver behind for the wilderness. It’s partly true – Golden Ears is one of the largest provincial parks in BC, and fits plenty of recreational opportunities into its nearly 63,000 hectares.

I honestly had NO IDEA this park was so big or had so many amenities.

I honestly had NO IDEA this park was so big or had so many amenities.

Perhaps the most important piece of the park is Alouette Lake, an impressive body of water flanked by beautiful BC mountains on all sides. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the lake and its ample facilities, and beachgoers can choose from kayaking, canoeing, fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing… just about anything you can do on water is available. Rentals are available from the park during the busy summer months, when visitors flock to its beach from all over the Lower Mainland.

Golden Ears Park- Picnic Tables

Now this looks like a great place to spend the day!

 

 

Golden Ears Park- Family Fun

It was great to see so many other families out on the Sunday morning checking out the park.

Golden Ears Park- New Friends

We made a few new friends along the way!

There are 3 campgrounds in the park, making it an attractive option for those on vacation or simply looking for a night or two close to home but still out in the woods. Picnic spots are also available for those who only have a day in Golden Ears, as well as a playground for kids.

Golden Ears Park- Creek

Beautiful Creeks to explore within the park.

Golden Ears Park- Sunday Funday

Kids loved hiking around the park and checking out all the different things!

There are a number of trails in the park, accessible either by walking or on horseback. They lead through some of the most stunning forests in the Greater Vancouver area and take you through the shadows of the nearby mountains, past a crystal clear meandering river and even to its end at the gorgeous Gold Creek Falls. The trails vary in their difficulty and grade, but the Lower Falls Trail is short and nearly flat, making it the perfect choice for families and young ones.

Spirea Nature Trail - Golden Ears Park

Our stop at the Spirea Nature Trail was one of the highlights of our trip. It was a self guided tour with lots of great signs and things to see!

Golden Ears Park- Spirea Trail

This beautiful trail was definitely a highlight of our trip!

Golden Ears Park - Fungi

Now that looks like a “Fun Guy” to hang out with. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Golden Ears Park- Boardwalks

The kids loved running along the boardwalks as they looked down into the forest.

Golden Ears Park- Park Boards

The park boards were very simple to read, engaging for the kids and very relative to what was going on around them. Some of the best park boards I’ve ever seen!

Golden Ears Park- Forest Exploration

Checking out other homes in the hood… wondering who lives here!

Golden Ears Park Flowers

Stop and smell the roses…. oh wait, this isn’t a rose. Anyone know the name of this flower?

Golden Ears Park-Spirea Trail

Walking back and forth over the bogs we were educated on the eco-system that was surrounding us.

There’s plenty to keep the entire family occupied at Golden Ears Park, and there are activities for every occasion in the summer months. The trek to Maple Ridge may be a little out of the way compared to usual, but it’s more than worth it!

Golden Ears Parking Lot

We were there early on a Sunday morning which meant the parking lot was empty. I can imagine that it gets to be a very busy place though!