Trip 153 - May 9, 2019 (Thursday)

Deas Island Regional Park Visit

Delta, British Columbia, Canada.

Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 15 kilometers.

Liked: Water views, heritage buildings, landing airplanes, river traffic, fine (if short) trails.

Of Note: Constant remote traffic noise. Occasional loud river traffic noise.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains BC Backroad Mapbook (2nd edition) Coordinates: Page 1 (Vancouver) E5.

Related Website: Deas Island Regional Park - Metro Vancouver Official Site.

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 far) airplanes heading to/from Vancouver International, and the above-mentioned river traffic. A bonus is a small monument commemorating the opening of Massey Tunnel in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II. Yes, it has been nearly 60 years...

1. Here is a photo of a map provided by Metro Vancouver at an information stand. We have highlighted Deas Island Regional Park with a red square.

2. And here is a map of the park, also from an information stand. 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 Millennium Trail (outside the park), which is described in our next trip report.

3. Information about the trails in Deas Island Regional Park.

4. We are Westbound on River Road, with Deas Island Regional Park turnoff just ahead.

5. Having turned to the right, here is the park entrance.

6. Just a bit further. The Millennium Trail starts beyond the gate on the left side.

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 photo opportunity.

8. Across from the sand barge, the name of the park and a propeller.

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.

10. Starting our park exploration.

11. A fine view of Fraser River on the right side.

12. Going further. There is a rowing club on the left side close to the park entrance.

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.

14. Burrvilla looks good in the sun.

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.

16. Quite neat indeed. Though, the traffic noise is omnipresent, and, occasionally, boat noise increases the decibels even more.

17. One more good Fraser River view.

18. And here is a tag boat towing a barge. It sure was loud.

19. Starting the Island Tip trail.

20. This was a very pleasant discovery - a monument to the opening of Massey Tunnel nearly 60 years ago.

21. Queen Elizabeth II did the honours.

22. Just beyond the monument is the Northern end of Massey Tunnel.

23. Here is a zoomed view of the tunnel traffic.

Here is Our Video of the Massey Tunnel Traffic:

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24. Continuing on the Island Tip trail, which makes a loop at the end.

25. A fine view to the right.

26. Finally, the end. It's about 2.5 kilometers from the entrance to the park.

27. No moorage allowed.

28. Across from Deas Island Regional Park is Captain's Cove marina. We will reach that area while taking Millennium Trail, described in our following trip report.

Deas Island Regional Park may be a bit noisy, but sure has enough good views and recreational opportunities to be a good place to visit, if you are in the area.


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