Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge

The foreshore of Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia is lined with cotton wood trees, grasses and sandy shores where Kanaka Creek empties into the Fraser River. Bridges, trails, lookouts and picnic tables can be enjoyed at this shoreline section of the Park. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

With three distinct areas to explore, the foreshore, fish ladder and temperate rain forest, Kanaka Creek offers many interesting sights and sounds.

STATS

Type:

Park

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

2 hours

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Sense of Curiosity, Drink, Hiking Boots, Bird Book, Wildlife Book, Plant Identification Book

Home to dozens of unique bird and animal species found throughout its varied ecosystems, Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge offers several trails (both pedestrian and equestrian) as well as three distinct areas to explore - the Foreshore on where the creek empties into the Fraser River, the fish ladder in its middle and towards the north, Cliff Falls and the Bell Irving Hatchery. Filled with interesting flora and fauna, Kanaka Creek Regional Park is a beautiful place to explore throughout the year.

Encompassing 400 hectares of wilderness along twelve kilometres of the creek bearing its name, Kanaka Creek Regional Park is a popular locale just outside the City of Maple Ridge and its name honours the Hawaiian settlers which were employed by the Hudson's Bay Company.

There are three separate areas to enjoy in Kanaka Creek Regional Park - its foreshore which includes several trails along the creek to where it empties into the Fraser River, lookouts, bridges and picnic areas. Canoes can be seen often along the meandering river which is lined with marshlands, cottonwood trees and sandy shorelines. Watchful visitors can spot many different bird species as well as Mink which live at the Creek's mouth. The second is the Fish Ladder and the third area is further north and spans between Cliff Falls and the Bell Irving Fish Hatchery. In this section of the Park a stunning canyon carved by Kanaka Creek creates a spectacular falls and the surrounding plant life is rich and green year round. Park visitors can hike on the several trails or enjoy a picnic along the cliff side. There are also several equestrian trails to enjoy as well.

Kanaka Creek is also an important for Salmon which migrate upstream to spawn. Visitors can watch the action at the Fish Fence (located at 240th street) where hatchery staff count the fish. The Return of the Salmon festival is held on the third Sunday of every October for visitors to come experience this incredible annual event.

Kanaka Creek Regional Park is one of the most ecologically distinct parks in the region, winding through hills, rushes through temperate rain forests and emptying into the Fraser River surrounded by scrub, sandy beaches and young trees. With an abundance of animals, birds and plants to explore the quiet pathways, points of interests and beautiful views.

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Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge has to lookouts in its foreshore section where visitors can learn about the park and its different features such as the oxbow or to enjoy views of the creek, the Fraser River and the trees and marshes along the shoreline.
Visitors to Kanaka Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia can spot many different species of bird, fish and animals such as Mink which live along the shorelines of the Creek playfully looking for food, materials to build their homes or just going for a refreshing swim.
Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia has many trails to enjoy along thick forests that wind through the northern section of the Park. Visitors can cross bridges, walk along the canyon, enjoy nearby Cliff Falls or have lunch at the picnic area.
Visitors to Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia can enjoy year round greenery in the northern section of the Park surrounding Cliff Falls as it is a temperate rain forest with moss on fences, rocks and on trees.
One of the most popular features in Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia is Cliff Falls which is located in its northerly section. The falls can be viewed from the walking bridge or along the pathways as it rushed from the small canyon its created and down toward the Fraser River.
The foreshore of Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia is surrounded by cotton woods and grasses is where the creek empties into the Fraser River and is composed of a large oxbow, where the meandering river curves in on itself and will eventually be cut off from the main channel to form a u-shaped pond.
With several trails and unique flora and fauna, Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia offers beautiful views, waterfalls and both hiking and equestrian trails to explore its three distinct areas - the foreshore, the fish ladder and its northern section.


Location of Kanaka Creek Regional Park

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Kanaka Creek Regional Park is composed of three areas, the Foreshore at River Road, the Fish Ladder at 240th and the Lougheed Highway and the upper region spanning between Cliff Falls (116th and 251st) and the Bell Irving Hatchery (256th between 116th and 112th Diversion). Access the north section via Dewdney Trunk Road.


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