Distance from Vancouver: Approximately
96km: 90.5 km from Vancouver via Highway 1 East (Grandview Hwy entrance
to Hwy 1) to Exit 119 (Yale Rd / Vedder Rd) in Chilliwack, then 5.4 km
on Vedder Rd to Petawawa Rd (turn right), then 200 meters to park
and smooth paths, Vedder River views, forest views, several fine rural
vistas, art graffiti under several bridges, numerous benches by the trail.
Of Note: The
trail is popular, horses and manure on the trail, electrocution hazard
from overhead wires by Keith Wilson bridge.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Trailhead
Coordinates: Page 4 (Chilliwack) C5.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail - City of Chilliwack Official Website.
Other Trips in Chilliwack Area:
Chilliwack Dyke Trail,
Mount Cheam Peak
Trail, Ling Lake Trail,
Foley Forest Service Road,
Bench Forest Service Road,
Slesse Memorial Trail,
BC, Chilliwack River Forest
Radium Lake Trail,
Provincial Park, Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC,
Town of Agassiz BC,
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail is approximately 21 kilometers long, and is a
very easy and picturesque loop actually consisting of four trails:
Vedder Rotary Loop North, Vedder North Dyke, Vedder South Dyke, and
Vedder Rotary Loop South. There are numerous points where one can access
the trail, but we started at Vedder Park, which is just a few hundred
meters away from kilometer 0 located by Vedder Bridge on Vedder Road.
Unlike it's cousin to the North,
Chilliwack Dyke Trail, Vedder Rotary Loop Trail is much busier, and
is not as picturesque. That said, the fact that it's a loop, and it's
such a level and smooth bunch of trails, makes it a great trail to bike,
which is what we did today.
There were a few other bikers, but most folks were content with walking,
and a few were jogging. There are some side trails too, including a
short trail to Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. Lots of benches and several pit
toilets in key locations ensure the comfort of visitors to Vedder Rotary
Loop Trail. Aside from a few small hills, there is hardly any elevation
change throughout the loop.
This trail appears to be particularly busy between Vedder Park and
Lickman Road, three kilometers to the West. Also, the trail is
used by horse riders, so watch out for horses and manure. Vedder Rotary
Loop trail goes by the river, through the forest, across a busy
vehicle-used Keith Wilson bridge, and also on top of dykes. So, there is
a bit of everything here, making for a very fine outing.
A note of caution, and it's one of those amusing situations which wasn't
very funny when it happened, but the power lines crossing above the
trail by Keith Wilson bridge are so powerful, that they have energized
our bicycle when we had the misfortune to stop under the wires for a few
seconds, so we got electrocuted when bare skin touched the metal part of
the bicycle! Wasn't terribly painful, more like a bee sting, but
1. We are on Highway 1 East in Chilliwack, taking Exit 119.
TransCanada Highway 1 East at Exit 119 in Chilliwack
2. At the end of the exit, stay right to get onto Vedder Road.
Highway 1 Exit 119 Chilliwack British Columbia
3. Proceed on Vedder Road. Cross Keith Wilson Road (a major
intersection) pictured below.
Vedder Road at Keith Wilson Road Chilliwack BC
4-5. About 5.4 km after exiting from Highway 1, turn right onto Petawawa
Vedder Road near Petawawa Road
Vedder Road at Petawawa Road Chilliwack BC
6. Petawawa Road immediately after the turn.
Petawawa Road Chilliwack British Columbia Canada
7-8. Drive on Petawawa Road for 200 meters, an enter Vedder Park
straight ahead (Petawawa Road would go to the right).
Petawawa Road at Vedder Park Entrance
9. Arriving to Vedder Park parking lot.
Coordinates: N 49⁰05.904' W 121⁰58.108'.
Elevation: 41 meters. Parking is free. Vedder Rotary
Loop Trail would be on the right side, by Vedder River.
Vedder Park Main Parking Lot Chilliwack British
10. Heading towards the trail.
11. Here is the map of Vedder Rotary Loop Trail. Many such maps are
placed along the trail. We indicated our current location in Vedder Park
with a red square.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail Map
12. Here is the trail. The actual start at kilometer 0 is a few hundred
meters to the left, by Vedder Bridge. That's where we would come from
after completing the loop. For the time being, we turned to the right.
The sign indicates 9.8 km to Keith Wilson bridge, among other things.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail at Vedder Park
13. Off we go. Lots of people for the next 3 kilometers, until Lickman
Road parking lot.
Chilliwack Hiking - Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
14. Vedder River keeps you company for much of the trail.
Vedder River by Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
15. The mileage markers are from kilometer 0 by Vedder Bridge.
Chilliwack Biking - Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
16. About 3 kilometers from Vedder Park, just before Lickman Road, Peach
Creek Rotary Trail is on the right side. It parallels Vedder Rotary Loop
Trail, and rejoins it several kilometers later.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail at Peach Creek Rotary Loop
Trail - Chilliwack Hike
17. Another fine river view 300 meters later.
18. Approaching a bench with a view and a bridge.
Chilliwack Trail - Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
19. The bench with a view.
Bench on Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
20. The bridge.
Chilliwack Trail - Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
21. The view from the bridge.
View from Vedder Rotary Loop Trail - Hiking in
22-23. About 6.5 km from Vedder Park, shortly after another short
bridge, a road to the right leads to Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail at Great Blue Heron Nature
24. Vedder Rotary Loop South Trail is about to end at Vedder South Dyke
trail, about 8 kilometers from Vedder Park.
Hike in Chilliwack - Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
25. We took the path to the right of the gate.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail - Bike in Chilliwack
26. Another mileage marker.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
27. And here is a T-junction, where Vedder North Dyke trail goes back to
Vedder Park (right turn) or to Keith Wilson bridge in 1.9 km (left
turn). We turned left.
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail at Vedder North Dyke Trail
28. Vedder North Dyke / Vedder Rotary Loop Trail after the left turn.
Vedder North Dyke Trail
29. No shade here, so sun protection would be needed on dykes when the sun is
Vedder Rotary Loop Trail / Vedder North Dyke Trail
30. A few hundred meters before Keith Wilson bridge, we stopped to check
our GPS. There were overhead power lines, but nothing indicated any trouble
ahead. All of a sudden, we felt electrocuted in the upper leg, where bare skin
touched the metal frame of the bicycle. Suddenly, a slight buzzing noise started
coming from the bike, as well as our synthetic shirt. Quite a surprise! These
power lines energized the bicycle, so we got out of there as soon as we could.
Powerlines Above Vedder North Dyke Trail
31. Approaching Keith Wilson bridge. You would need to go under the bridge, turn
to the right, then get onto the bridge, cross it, turn to the right again, go
under the bridge one more time, then get onto Vedder Dyke North Trail.
Vedder North Dyke Trail by Keith Wilson Bridge Chilliwack BC
32. We have gone under the bridge, turned to the right, and are about to start
Keith Wilson Bridge at Vedder Rotary Loop Trail
33. Crossing Keith Wilson bridge. Coordinates: N 49⁰06.189'
W 122⁰04.562'. Elevation: 6 meters.
Keith Wilson Bridge Chilliwack BC Canada
34. Vedder River from the bridge.
Vedder River Seen from Keith Wilson Bridge
35. We have now crossed the bridge, and are getting ready to turn right to go
under the bridge again.
Vedder South Dyke Trail
Our Vedder Rotary Loop Trail trip report
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