The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve – Chilliwack, BC

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I have a fascination with birds and am always on the lookout for places they are known to congregate. The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is just such a place. Although we didn’t time our recent visit during the best viewing season, we still managed to spot a few of these long-legged beauties.

Even if you aren’t interested in birds (which I find hard to imagine!), perhaps you will enjoy taking a stroll along one, or more, of the walking loops located throughout the Reserve.

The Tower Trail boasts … wait for it … a tower! If you aren’t afraid of heights it is worth the short trip up to the top. In addition to being a great vantage point to take in the surrounding landscape, there are several interpretive signs that make for an interesting read.

It pays to take your time as you wander down the cottonwood tree-lined trails – there are many tiny treasures to take in.

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Maplewood Flats – North Vancouver, BC

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The Maplewood Conservation Area is easy to miss if you aren’t expressly looking for it. This 96 hectare gem, managed by the Wild Bird Trust of BC, is tucked between the Dollarton Highway and the Burrard Inlet. 0X8A0123

It seemed to be relatively quiet on the day we visited “the mudflats” (as it is known to many of the locals). With the exception of a few bird watchers, we felt like we had the place all to ourselves. 0X8A0023To our right, as we headed toward the entrance to the trail area, we were greeted by an ironic public art installation – From Shangri-la to Shangri-la. Artist Kevin Lum’s creation pays homage to the squatter’s shacks that once dotted the local shoreline. The original shacks, many of which were homes to artists and writers, were burned to the ground in the early 1970s by the District of North Vancouver.

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From Shangri-la to Shangri-La ~ Artist Kevin Lum

It was just a short walk down the trail to the waterfront.

While the waterfront views were amazing, we also managed to find some interesting inland sights.

Green Timbers – A Cool Escape!

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Every time I pass by Green Timbers Park in Surrey, I make a mental note that I should visit. Well, today I finally did. It doesn’t look like much from the road but, according to Google, this urban forest has over 10 km of nature trails, and a regularly stocked fishing lake. The Park is also home to the Surrey Nature Center. What a beautiful, and serene place. Despite today’s heat (30° celcius) the forest trees provided protection from the sun. What a wonderful place to spend a Sunday morning.