Chilliwack Dyke Trail is Chilliwack's answer to Abbotsford's
Matsqui Trail. You walk/bike/ride a horse along a flat path, and
observe fine rural views, mountains, and Fraser River. And, just as the
case with Matsqui Trail, there are several access points, which allow to
start the trail at several locations. Chilliwack Dyke Trail is also slightly
shorter and not as busy as Matsqui Trail. Parking is more limited too, but should not be
an issue. It's just a very pleasant trail, despite some snakes, no
shade, an occasional pile of horse manure, and some unleashed dogs, even
though leashing is mandatory on this trail. Getting to the trail can be a
bit tricky, as it's located behind a maze of short North Chilliwack
roads, but the drive to the trail itself is quite pleasant as well.
We biked the whole trail (almost 12 km one way) and back, and saw about
20 people in total, mostly walking dogs, but one was jogging, another
was biking, and a few were just walking and enjoying the nature. There
were also two small snakes (about half a meter long) hanging out on the
trail very close to each other, but they hurriedly ran away upon our
Several "Canyon to Coast Trail" signs placed along this trail (and even
on the side of some roads as you are driving towards the trailhead)
refer to a possible trail from Hope in the East to Salish Sea in the
West. Chilliwack Dyke Trail is going to be a part of that 500 km+ trail,
thus the signs. You can find more information on Canyon to Coast Trail
Fraser Valley Regional District's site.
1. We are Westbound (towards Vancouver) on Highway 1, approaching Exit
120 (Young Rd). Please, note, that there is no Eastbound Exit 120, so,
if driving from Vancouver or other points West, take Exit 123 (Prest
Rd), go North, turn left at the intersection of Prest Rd and First Ave,
and then right onto Young Rd. Taking Exit 119 (Vedder Rd / Yale Rd) is
not as straightforward, as there is no left turn from Yale Rd onto Young
Rd. Or, make it really simple - take Exit 123, make a U-turn, head
Westbound on Highway 1, and then take Exit 120 (Young Rd).
TransCanada Highway 1 Westbound by Exit 120 Young Road in Chilliwack BC
2. Now at the exit ramp. Young Road is seen straight ahead.
TransCanada Highway 1 Exit 120 Young Road Ramp
3. Here is Young Road at the end of the highway exit ramp. Zero your
odometer here and make a right turn.
5. Then, Young Road enters rural North Chilliwack. It
Island 22 Regional Park turnoff 5.2 km after leaving Highway 1.
Chilliwack BC - Young Road at Island 22 Regional Park Turnoff
6. Keep right 400 meters later - Young Road will become Tower
Tower Road Chilliwack BC
7. Yet 400 meters further, make a right turn from Tower Road onto Brinx
Tower Rd at Brinx Road Chilliwack BC Canada
8. Brinx Road looks neat.
Brinx Road Chilliwack British Columbia
9. At 6.7 km past the highway (700 meters after Brinx Road begins), make
a left turn onto McDonald Road.
Brinx Road at McDonald Rd Chilliwack BC
10. McDonald Road looks very fine as well.
McDonald Rd Chilliwack British Columbia
11. After driving for 600 meters on McDonald Road, we are at the
trailhead. To the left is overflow parking for 4-5 vehicles - the
entrance is just past the first "sharp turn" black arrow sign on
a yellow background.
Parking Area for Chilliwack Dyke Trail
12. Main parking (for 3-4 vehicles) and the trailhead are to the
right. Coordinates: N 49⁰12.178'. W
121⁰56.369'. Elevation: 6 meters. The trail begins at the gate seen
straight ahead. No motorized vehicles are allowed, and the City of
Chilliwack offers a fine of up to $10K to those who ignore the warning
Chilliwack Dyke Trailhead and Parking Area
13. Chilliwack Dyke Trail goes for almost 12 kilometers from here. You
see rural houses, fields of corn, cattle farms, a tree farm, Fraser
River, and many mountains. Some rabbits and snakes may keep you company
Chilliwack Hiking - Chilliwack Dyke Trail
Here is a short video of the views while riding a
bike. Please, excuse the camera shake.
Hiking in Chilliwack - View from Chilliwack Dyke
15. Chilliwack Dyke Trail is very flat, and is made of hard packed gravel. Though, the
second half of the trail features a stretch of several hundred meters
long, where gravel was somewhat loose and deep, making biking a bit
Hike in Chilliwack on Chilliwack Dyke Trail
16. There are gates on Chilliwack Dyke Trail where it crosses city
streets. The first crossing is Ballam Rd, 1.5 km after the start of the
trail. You may park fairly close to these gates and, thus, get onto the trail at
various points. Or, if you have two vehicles, it is possible to make it
a one way trip, with the help of a car shuttle.
Chilliwack Dyke Trail - BC Hiking
17. The view after the Ballam Road gate.
Hiking in BC - Chilliwack Dyke Trail
18. At 2.1 km arrives McSween Road crossing. This is actually where a
trail ribbon appeared in our GPS with Backroad Mapbook
trail in the GPS is called "South Fraser Chilliwack Dyke Trail". The trail
ribbon continued until the end of the actual trail.
Hiking Trail in Chilliwack - Chilliwack Dyke Trail
19. A fine view to the left.
Chilliwack Dyke Trail British Columbia Canada
20. The next street crossing is Jess Road at 3.4 km. After this gate, the trail
continues along the street for about 350 meters.
British Columbia Hiking and Biking Trail - Chilliwack
21. Here is the trail along Jess Road. This is a very rural area, but
some vehicles are still present, so watch for traffic.
Jess Road Chilliwack BC Canada
22. Re-entering the dyke 350 meters later.
Hiking in British Columbia - Chilliwack Dyke Trail
23. And here is that tree farm. Looking to the right.
Chilliwack Tree Farm seen from Chilliwack Dyke Trail
- Chilliwack Hiking
24. Carey Road crossing arrives at 4.7 km.
Chilliwack Dyke Trail - Hike in Chilliwack
25. Looking to the right after the gate. There is a very large parking
area by Carey Road, and most people who we saw using the trail appeared
to have started at this spot.
View from Chilliwack Dyke Trail in Chilliwack British
26. After Carey Road, this impressive mountain, which you could see from
the beginning of the trail, starts getting closer, and looks better and
Chilliwack Trail - Chilliwack Dyke Hiking
27. Zooming in.
28. A farm with a view.
Trail in Chilliwack Area - Chilliwack Dyke Trail - Hike in British
29. The next and final crossing is Gill Road at 9.7 km. After this road,
Fraser River gets close to the trail, and the views become even more
Hiking in Chilliwack - Chilliwack Dyke Trail
30. Here is a Fraser River access point off Chilliwack Dyke Trail.
View from Chilliwack Dyke Trail Province of British
Fraser River near Chilliwack Dyke Trail
32. How about this fine tree view, just a few hundred meters later.
Chilliwack Dyke Trail
33. Finally, almost at the end of the trail, we can see Agassiz-Rosedale
Bridge (BC Highway 9) in the distance. A slight zoom was used.
34. The end of the trail 11.9 km after the start. A few hundred meters beyond the gate is
Ferry Road to
Ferry Island Provincial Park (there is a small beach
there). Ferry Road then leads to Rosedale Ferry Road, which, in turn,
connects to BC Highway 9, if you are interested in accessing Chilliwack
Dyke Trail from its Eastern end.
End of Chilliwack Dyke Trail - Hike in Fraser Valley
Chilliwack Dyke Trail offers many ways of enjoying it, but, regardless
of whether you are going to walk, jog, bike, or ride a horse, the views
are going to impress. Especially, when the sun is out. Highly