Langley City Councillor Gayle Martin

Trail extension part of larger plan

A new trail is now open at Derby Reach Regional Park. It offers stunning views of mountains, farms and the Fraser River.

A new trail is now open at Derby Reach Regional Park. It offers stunning views of mountains, farms and the Fraser River.

“This is an opportunity for the public to explore lands that were set aside for the park,” said Langley City Councillor Gayle Martin, who chairs the Metro Vancouver parks committee.

“This new 2.8 km trail is part of a larger project to establish a new route for the Trans-Canada Trail from historic Fort Langley to the Golden Ears Bridge, a project we have undertaken in partnership with the Township of Langley and Trails BC as our demonstration project for the Experience the Fraser initiative.

The celebration to open the new Derby Reach to 208 Street Trans-Canada Trail Connection was held at Derby Reach Regional Park on Saturday afternoon.

Experience the Fraser is a partnership between the Province of B.C., Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley Regional District to create a natural and cultural heritage corridor from Hope to the Salish Sea.

The Township of Langley’s Fort-to-Fort Trail forms the first leg of the route to the site of the original Fort Langley in Derby Reach Regional Park. Existing park trails take hikers and cyclists from there to the start of the new trail at Edgewater Bar.

Interpretive displays offer an element of discovery along the new route to 208 Street, depicting various Experience the Fraser themes including recreation, agriculture, First Nations, fishing, environment and transportation.

A rustic riverside picnic area along the trail at Muench Bar offers a gorgeous rest stop for hikers, cyclists, paddlers and boaters. A small ramp provides access from the river at high water; and at other times helps fishers and other recreationists to enjoy the beach.

At this time, the Trans-Canada Trail follows municipal roadways from the park at 208 Street until it joins the Golden Ears Bridge and other regional trails. Once this last trail segment is in place, the Experience the Fraser demonstration project will be complete.

Several politicians from both sides of the Fraser took part in the official ceremonies on Saturday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Teen missing since early Monday in Langley has been found

Police released information about a 14-year-old girl who has been found safe

Canada West Golf Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

UBC, UBC-O, UFV and UVic athletes will not hit the links this year, Kelowna was set to host

Most Langley students back in class

District update released after the first full week of instruction

Trans-Canada twinning project between 216th and 264th Streets on schedule for 2021

Commuter said more work needs to be focused on 264th Street exit in Aldergrove

What will happen in Langley’s school district when student or staffer tests positive?

The school superintendent lays out protocols based on health expert recommendations

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Dozens of Canadian venues to light up red in support of entertainment workers

Local facilities among dozens across Canada to participate in Light Up Live

Most Read