Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

The past, the present and the future come together while cycling the Dyke trails in Richmond. This popular cycling route is an easy ride and a favourite for families, history buffs and nature lovers! Flat, scenic and lots of places to stop and explore along the way!

The Past

I thoroughly enjoy the numerous historic points of interest found along this route. Visits to Finn Slough, London Heritage Farm, Steveston Village and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery bring the past to life.

Finn Slough is a small community dating back to 1890 when a group of Finnish farmers arrived and established a small fishing village. I love the “off the grid” feel to this unique riverside community.

Photo: R Weiss

Photo: R Weiss

Overlooking the south arm of the Fraser, London Heritage Farm is a park-like setting. The farm house which dates back to the 1800’s has been fully restored and provides a glimpse into the lifestyles of Richmond’s early pioneers.

Make a day of it and plan a stop in Steveston Village. Enjoy some terrific seafood and a visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic site. Be sure to venture down to the docks and check out the catch of the day.

Photo: R. Weiss

Photo: R. Weiss

The Present

Sunrises, sunsets and wildlife viewing! As you leave Steveston Village and Garry Point Park, nature enthusiasts will delight in the sights and sounds of Sturgeon banks. This 25,525 acre estuary on the banks of the Fraser River and Georgia Straight is home to 1.4 million migratory birds. Marshes, tidal flats, the mighty Fraser River and panoramic views of the North Shore and Coastal Mountains draw cyclists year round to this eco-destination.

Rounding the bend to Terra Nova, you will catch sight of YVR International airport. It is quite a striking contrast to watch a Jumbo Jet rev its engines for takeoff while you are surrounded by the beauty of the Terra Nova Natural Area. The rural park is worth some exploration. Trails and viewing platforms invite visitors to stop and watch for wintering birds, owls and hawks.

The Future

Watching kids jump, run and climb in the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment makes me feel excited for the future. This fantastic “off leash” area for kids encourages both children and adults to reconnect to nature. Innovate, creative and inspiring, the play area manages to reflect the agricultural traditions of the area.

Photo: R. Weiss

Photo: R. Weiss

Near the end of the route you will pass the world class Olympic Oval, site of the 2010 Winter Olympic long track speed skating events. The oval has been converted into an incredible Sport and Leisure Centre and is now enjoyed by athletes of all ages and abilities. Who knows – maybe our next Olympic gold medalist is training there right now!

Photo: Kellie Iwona / Flickr

Photo: Kellie Iwona / Flickr

Do you have a favourite place to stop on the Richmond Dyke trails?

Map and Route tips:

Richmond offers a vast cycling network, and it is easy to create a loop that matches your interests, fitness level and group size:

City of Richmond Cycling Map
• Coming from Vancouver? Roll your bike on the Canada Line and connect to the route at the Bridgeport station
• Gravel sections

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