Distance from Vancouver (Hastings St at Boundary
Road intersection): Approximately 25 km via Hastings Street,
Inlet Drive, Barnet Highway, St. John's Street, Ioco Road, First Avenue
and Bedwell Bay Road.
Pine Beach Access - sandy beach. Picnic Area Access - large grassy
picnic area, a small pier, water views, several available trails.
Of Note: The
park is very popular, pay parking in effect (no cash accepted - credit
card or pay by phone only).
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Trailhead
Coordinates: Page 1 (Vancouver) G1.
Belcarra Regional Park (Metro Vancouver Official Site).
Another Trip in Belcarra Area:
Belcarra Regional Park is a very popular Metro Vancouver Park located in
the Village of Belcarra next to the town of Port Moody. This park has
two main areas with separate entrances - a smaller White Pine Beach,
with a neat sandy beach, and Picnic Area, an equally neat large patch of
green grass, as well as a pier conducive to fishing and crabbing. The
popularity of Belcarra Regional Park has prompted Metro Vancouver to
introduce pay parking from April 1st to September 30th, from 10 AM until
closing time, and it's not cheap - $2 per hour, with no daily rate
available. But, if that means that you would be able to get a parking
spot, perhaps it's a reasonable way to handle the crowds. A recent
extension of Millennium Skytrain Line allows to arrive to Belcarra
Regional Park via public transit, by taking Bus #182 from Moody Centre
station. This bus runs once about every 30 minutes. There is also
seasonal bus #150 running to the Park.
We liked the sandy beach, although it was very small, and appeared
crowded even on an off-season workday. Chances are it's packed during
busy season, especially on weekends. The picnic area had substantially
more space between groups of people, but it also had a much larger
parking lot, so expect packed conditions in the Summer.
Another neat feature of Belcarra Regional Park is the availability of
several easy trails, with one of them (around Sasamat Lake) starting off
White Pine Beach, while the rest begin by the Picnic Area. We hiked
arguably the most view-rich Burns Point Trail (via Admiralty Point
Trail), and that hike is
covered in our next trip report.
1. Here is the location of Belcarra Regional Park (in red) in Metro
Vancouver. This map and the next two photos are from an information
board in the park.
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Map
2. The map of Belcarra Regional Park.
Belcarra Regional Park Map
3. The hikes of Belcarra Regional Park.
List of Hikes in Belcarra Regional Park
4. There are several ways to get to Belcarra Regional Park. We drove
from Vancouver today. We are on Hastings Street in Vancouver, about to
cross Boundary Road and enter the city of Burnaby. It's the beginning of
Highway 7A as well. The further mileage is from this intersection.
Hastings Street Vancouver and Burnaby BC
5. At 4.8 km, keep left at the split - it's the beginning of Inlet
Drive. To the right would be the continuation of Hastings Street en
Simon Fraser University.
Inlet Drive Burnaby British Columbia
6-7. Inlet Drive soon turns into Barnet Highway. At 13.7 km, make a left
turn from Barnet Hwy onto St. John's St (which is also, technically,
Highway 7A Barnet Hwy). This is Port Moody now.
Barnet Hwy at St. John's Street Port Moody BC
8. St. John's Street in Port Moody.
St. John's Street Port Moody British Columbia Canada
9. At 16.6 km, turn left onto Ioco Road.
Barnet Highway at Ioco Road Port Moody BC
10-11. At 17.4 km, turn left to stay on Ioco Rd. The sign would show
that Belcarra White Pine Beach is in that direction.
Ioco Road Port Moody
12. At 21.5 km, turn right from Ioco Road onto First Avenue.
Ioco Road at First Avenue Port Moody BC Canada
13-14. At 22.3 km, there is a split. Take a road on the left - Bedwell
Bay Road. Taking a road on the right would lead to Anmore and Buntzen
First Avenue at Bedwell Bay Road
15. At 23.5 km, Belcarra Regional Park White Pine Beach access road
turnoff is on the right side.
Bedwell Bay Road at Belcarra Regional Park White Pine Beach Access Road
16. After a short drive, arrive at White Pine Beach parking lot. It's
rather small, good for about 60-70 vehicles.
Belcarra Regional park White Pine Beach Parking Lot
17. Pay for parking (if in effect) at the top of a road to the beach,
seen at the bottom. No cash is accepted - credit card or pay by phone
Belcarra Regional Park - Parking Pay Area for White Pine Beach
18. Here is the beach. Small, but sandy. There is a bit more space t the
right of the photo below.
White Pine Beach - Belcarra Regional Park
19. On the left side is the trailhead for a hike around Sasamat Lake.
It's a 3.2 km loop.
Sasamat Lake Hike Trailhead - Belcarra Regional Park
20. After White Pine Beach, we went to Belcarra Picnic Area. Just 300 m
further from WPB access road turnoff (and 23.8 km from Vancouver/Burnaby
border on Hastings Street) take a left turn to Belcarra Picnic Area
access road. To the right is the continuation of Bedwell Bay Road, which
shortly leads to the Village of Belcarra. Non-resident parking is not
allowed along Bedwell Bay Road. So, if Belcarra Regional Park lots are
full, you would have to drive back.
Bedwell Bay Road at Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area Access Road
21. It's 4 kilometers from the point seen in the photo above to Belcarra
Picnic Area parking lot.
Belcarra Regional Park
22. The parking lot here is quite large, good for over 100 vehicles, but it's
likely going to be full in the busy season, pay parking or not.
Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area Parking Lot
23. It sure is nice to have a picnic on such a large patch of lush green
Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area
24. There were lots of space on this off-season weekday.
Picnic Area Belcarra Regional Park
25. Children enjoyed running around the park.
Belcarra Regional Park near Port Moody BC Canada
26. Adults enjoyed painting.
Painting in Belcarra Regional Park
27. Both adults and children enjoyed hanging out at the pier.
Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area Pier
28. It's a small pier, but a neat one.
Belcarra Regional Park Pier
29. The top is for sightseeing, and the bottom is for fishing and
Pier at Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area
30. The crabbing part.
Crabbing at Belcarra Regional Park
31. The (soon to be) fishing part.
Children Going Fishing at Belcarra Regional Park
32. How about some beachcombing.
Beachcombing at Belcarra Regional Park
33. Fun for everyone.
Belcarra Regional Park Beachcombing
34. There are also several trails which start near Belcarra Picnic Area.
One of them is Burns Point Trail (via Admiralty Trail), which we
cover in the next trip report.
Belcarra Regional Park Admiralty Loop Hike Trailhead
Whether it's having a picnic, enjoying a sandy beach, crabbing, fishing,
hiking, or beachcombing, Belcarra Regional Park has many available
activities in a picturesque setting. Recommended.
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Belcarra Regional Park Visit (Belcarra BC)