Feeling a little bit Country in Campbell Valley

Photo: Birgitt Findler-Sanders

Rich in history, steeped in nature with a sprawling network of well-maintained trails make Campbell Valley Regional Park a favourite in the South Langley area. An ideal spot for birdwatching, picnics, and stretching your legs, the 535-hectare park features a variety of landscapes including lush forests, grassland vistas and wetlands. With over 29 km of trails to choose from, it’s often difficult to pick the perfect path. However, for a quick and easy family -friendly outing I always enjoy a jaunt along the Little River Loop Trail.

Photo: Rob Weiss

Twisting and turning through the forest, offering up glimpses of the Little Campbell River the Little River Loop Trail is a gem.  Only 2.2 km in length with little elevation gain, the route is perfect for a casual walk amongst the trees. Carefully maintained boardwalks guide you across the wetlands. Chickadees and squirrels are plentiful, likely because regulars are known to scatter seeds and nuts along the path. On a good day, it’s not uncommon to catch sight of a frog or salamander frequenting the marsh.

Photo: Birgitt Findler-Sanders

Shared with those on horseback, the outer edged path is appropriately named Shaggy Mane Trail. A longtime favourite with the equestrian crowd, Campbell Valley Regional Park is home to the Campbell Valley Equestrian Society and the Campbell Downs Equestrian Centre. Although not a “horsey” person myself, judging by the traffic on the equestrian trails, I would suggest the riding ring, horse barn, trails and spectacular views are a hit for those inclined to gallop!

Photo: Rob Weiss

As a nature enthusiast, I am hard pressed to visit the area without a pit stop at the Nature House. Nestled in the heritage Red Barn, there is much to explore within the barn walls. Exhibits, displays and Discovery Packs, designed for self-exploration of the park, tickle my wild side. Folk interested in deepening their connection to the area are welcome to register for a wide variety of programs and events. After all, who could resist joining a Pollinator Party, a Frog Pond Safari or learning more about Wonderful Water Creatures?

Photo: Rob Weiss

Getting There:

Campbell Valley Regional Park is located in South Langley at 16th Avenue and 200th Street.  Parking is available at the North Valley Entrance, South Valley Entrance and at the Campbell Downs Equestrian Centre.

Nature House:

The Nature House is located at the Rowlatt Farmstead, 20285 – 8th Ave. in Langley. Access via the South Valley Entrance and follow the signs to the Red Barn. It is open from Victoria Day to Labour Day. Admission is free.

Hours:

Sat., Sun. and holiday Mondays – 1 – 4 pm
Wednesday, 10 am – 1 pm

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