Deas Island Regional Park is a small oasis in an otherwise mostly
industrial part of North Delta. While the traffic noise is constant, and
an occasional tug boat makes your outing even less serene, this is a
neat place to visit, if you are in the area and desire a mostly peaceful
walk in a park, as well as some fine water views. The attractions also
include a large picnic area, observing (from afar) airplanes heading
to/from Vancouver International, and the above-mentioned river traffic.
As a bonus, there is a small monument commemorating the opening of
Massey Tunnel in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II. Yes, it has been nearly
1. Here is a photo of a map provided by Metro Vancouver at an
information board. We have highlighted Deas Island Regional Park with a
Metro Vancouver Parks Map
2. And here is a map of the park, also from an information board. The
red square indicates the park entrance (we arrived via River Road coming
from the top of the map. River Road becomes 62b Street after the park
entrance), the yellow square shows where we went today, the yellow arrow
shows Massey Tunnel, and the red arrow points to
(outside the park), which is describe in our next trip report.
Deas Island Regional Park Map
3. Information about the trails in Deas Island Regional Park.
Deas Island Regional Park Trails Information
4. We are Westbound on River Road, with Deas Island Regional Park
turnoff just ahead.
River Road Delta BC Canada
5. Having turned to the right, here is the park entrance.
Deas Island Regional Park Entrance
6. Just a bit further. The Millennium Trail starts beyond the gate
on the left side.
Deas Island Regional Park Delta British Columbia Canada
7. A large barge with sand was docked near the entrance to the park. The
loader was making loud back-up noises. But the sand provided a good
Deas Island Regional Park
8. Across from the sand barge, the name of the park and a propeller.
Deas Island Regional Park Delta BC Canada
9. A large parking lot is located to the left after the park entrance.
This is where you would park your horse trailer. This is also the
closest parking area for the Millennium Trail. There are several smaller
parking lots further in the park, and much more parking in the picnic
area in the middle of the park.
Deas Island Regional Park parking lot
10. Starting our park exploration.
Deas Island Regional Park Delta British Columbia
11. A fine view of Fraser River on the right side.
Fraser River view from Deas Island Regional Park
12. Going further. There is a rowing club on the left side close to the
Walking in Deas Island Regional Park
13. Soon, there is a small parking area next to a heritage building
called Burrvilla (seen on the left side). There are two more heritage
buildings in the park.
Deas Island Regional Park - Metro Vancouver Parks
14. Burrvilla looks good in the sun.
Burrvilla Heritage Building in Deas Island Regional Park
15. Tinnmaker's Walk is the beginning of a somewhat "wild" part of the
park. Chances are that you would see a rabbit or two.
Start of Tinnmaker's Walk in Deas Island Regional Park - Delta Trail
16. Quite neat indeed. Though, the traffic noise is omnipresent, and,
occasionally, boat noise increases the decibels even more.
Delta Hike - Deas Island Regional Park
17. One more good Fraser River view.
Deas Island Regional Park Fraser River View - Delta Hiking
18. And here is a tag boat towing a barge. It sure was loud.
Tug boat towing a barge on Fraser River
19. Starting the Island Tip trail.
Island Tip Trail Deas Island Regional Park - Trail in Delta BC Area
20. This was a very pleasant discovery - a monument to the opening
of Massey Tunnel nearly 60 years ago.
Massey Tunnel Opening Monument in Deas Island Regional Park
21. Queen Elizabeth II did the honours.
22. Just beyond the monument is the Northern end of Massey Tunnel.
Massey Tunnel seen from Deas Island Regional Park
23. Here is a zoomed view of the tunnel traffic.
Traffic to and from Massey Tunnel Delta BC Canada
Here is Our Video of the Massey Tunnel traffic and
the nearby path: