A Complete Guide to Campbell Valley Regional Park for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Kouseyi Saha
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Campbell Valley Regional Park is an ecological public garden that the Metro Vancouver Geographical Parks Committee preserved.

The park is in the year-round season and is perfect for family trips. Little Campbell River flows through the middle of the park, resulting in various terrains, such as marshlands, meadows, forests, and hills.

The park covers an area of 535 hectares. The park is divided into three geographical regions – the South Valley, the Equestrian, and the North Valley. It is a particularly great area for picnicking in South Fraser Valley.

There are many activities to do in the park that can keep your whole family entertained for the day.

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Campbell Valley Regional Park

1. Entrance

The two principal entries to the public garden are the Southern Valley Park gate on 8th Avenue and the Northern Valley access on 16th Avenue.

The south valley entrance has access to group picnic tables, drinking water facilities, and the Campbell Valley nature house. Camp Coyote is another entrance.

2. Trails

Campbell Valley Regional Park also offers diverse walking, biking, horse riding, and hiking trails amid nature. There are a total of 29 km of trails. All of the trails are unpaved.

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14 km of the trail is appointed for equestrians, and 1 km is only for pedestrians and biking.

(a) The Little River Loop Trail

The Campbell Valley Little River loop trail, which passes by the Little Campbell River twice, is a flat 1.4-mile river loop trail near Langley, British Columbia.

It has elevated boardwalks where you can rest or observe nature and wildlife. This trail is also wheelchair accessible.

This area is famous for bird watching, hiking, and running. April to October is the perfect time to go to this place.

(b) Shaggy Mane Trail

The 11 km long Shaggy Mane Trail connects the entire park and is the finest place to hike in Campbell Valley Regional Park. It is a sharp climb. It is recommended to go horse riding via this trail.

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The Shaggy Mane Trail Loop is the top dog walking trail in Campbell Valley Regional Park. The trail is usually calm in the mornings and evenings but gets busier in the afternoons. It is recommended to wear waterproof boots; the trail is sometimes a bit muddy.

(c) Ravine Trail

The Ravine Trail is a 1.8 km forested trail loop near Langley, British Columbia. Half an hour is enough time to complete the trail. A large part of the trail is forested so that you will get ample shade.

A creek and a Nature House will fall on your way through the trail. Washroom facilities are also available.

(d) Perimeter Trail

The Perimeter Trail is 7 km long and is considered an easy trail. It might take around one and a half hours to complete.

The Vine Maple trail of this route is often unavailable during the spring and fall seasons because of precautionary reasons since the boardwalks become a risk to step on. This trail is family-friendly.

Make sure to wear appropriate shoes. The connecting trails provide pleasant walking trails for explorers touring the Campbell Valley Regional Park.

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(e) Deer Trail

The Deer trail goes through a lush open meadow and then through a group of trees, finally ending up on the former race track.

2. History

The Campbell Valley Regional Park was founded from 6 ancient plantation holdings.

(a) Logging

Between the 19th and 20th centuries, logging companies cut down the entire rainforest. Railways for collecting the logs used to circle the entire park. You can find one of the rails on the Ravine trail.

3. Equestrian Centre

This place is famous for horse riding and is a must-visit for horse enthusiasts. It has a horse riding ring, horse barns, and horse riding trails.

The park has a Campbell Downs Equestrian Centre, where volunteers run an NGO to improve the provisions in the park for horses.

There are many horseback riding stables and trails in and near Campbell Valley Regional Park.

To learn more about the park’s events, visit the Events Calendar on the Metro Vancouver website.

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4. Historic Buildings

(a) Historic Langley Speedway

Campbell Valley Regional Park houses the historic Langley Speedway, a paved oval track where car races used to be held.

The Speedway was active between the ’60s and early ’80s. It is one of the race courses in British Columbia where Nascar events were hosted.

If you walk along the track, you will see the signs of damage on the walls caused by crashes.

(b) Lochiel Schoolhouse and Annand Rowlatt Farmstead

The south end of Campbell Valley Regional Park has two historic buildings – Lochiel Schoolhouse, built in 1924, and the Annand Rowlatt farmstead, which dates back to 1898.

A family inhabits the farmstead, but the fields and grounds are open. The schoolhouse is named after École Élémentaire Lochiel.

5. Tourist Spots

Some places to eat near the park are – The Keg Mansion, Cactus Club Café, Hawksworth Restaurant, and Bauhaus.

(a) Mclean Pond

The Mclean Pond is a lucky find of Campbell Valley Regional Park. Fishing is barred in the pond to preserve the aquatic life there. The Mclean pond is appointed for canoeing.

(b) Nature House

The Nature House, a visitor center, is at the South Valley entrance. It gives awareness of the ecology of the park. There is a gazebo and a pond beside it.

You can reserve passes for guided journeys of the entire park, too.

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6. Pets

(a) Dog Walking

Campbell Valley Regional Park has both on-leash and off-leash dog-friendly areas for you to walk your dog.

You would be held accountable for your dog’s behavior. Make sure to collect all the garbage that your pets might create and keep the area clean.

7. Parking lot

South Carvolth is the circular parking lot allotted to Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley.

8. Wildlife Garden

Campbell Valley Regional Park is a significant wildlife garden with sun rays and panoramic views of grasslands and wetlands.

There are numerous diverse types of trees, such as maples and birches. Wandering through the forest of Campbell Valley Regional Park is one of the most calming experiences you can have.

All sorts of songbirds, squirrels, and even salmon have made the Campbell Valley Regional Park their home. The park has deer and coyotes. It is a request not to approach, disturb, or try to feed any of the wildlife.

9. Cycling

The perimeter trail can be used for cycling. Start your cycling tour from the entrances on 16th or 8th Avenue. You can ride along the US-Canada border from 200th Street to Zero Avenue.

There is a dense forest on the path. To get onto Halls Prairie Road, you must cycle westwards from Zero Avenue to 184th Street.

You will find a farmhouse standing on top of a hill; the view of the North Shore from here is spectacular.

You can also cycle or hike for a distance of 3.1 km on the Perimeter trail from 20th Avenue to the Lochiel schoolhouse on 204th Street.

You might come across joggers, horses, and hikers on your way. Please be careful because horses tend to get startled easily, which might put their riders at risk.

Make sure to remain calm and let equestrians pass by peacefully. Bicycles are not to be ridden on the trails of the park.

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10. Reservable Facilities

Some indoor and outdoor spots can be booked. Camp Coyote Group Camp, Old Orchard picnic shelter, Rowlatt Farmstead, historic Langley Speedway, and riding rings are all available for booking.

11. Accessibility

The partially accessible washrooms with low toilet seats belong to the Nature House, the wildlife garden, the Old Orchard Group Picnic area, and Coyote Group Camp.

North Valley’s main entrances and South Valley’s entrances’ picnic tables and toilets are accessible too. The toilets in the Equestrian Centre are also accessible.

12. Fire Rings

Old Orchard Picnic Shelter and Camp Coyote Group Campsite have fire rings that can be reserved or provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Certain restrictions and safety rules must be considered while lighting the fire.

13. Directions

The simplest route to Campbell Valley Regional Park is to head east towards Highway #1 from Vancouver, onto the eastward highway, and then turn left and follow the park signs.

Carry east through Burnaby to the other side of the Port Mann Bridge into Surrey. If you are located in South Vancouver, it would be easier to go via Richmond.

You can arrive at the park via Highway 99 as well. You will have to go by the Eighth Avenue East Exit.

The Bottom Line

To sum up, Campbell Valley Regional Park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, presenting various activities amid stunning surroundings. This park has everything one might want, from peaceful walking paths to horseback riding to historical exploration. It’s the ideal getaway from the bustle of city life because of the variety of wildlife, diverse ecosystems, and peaceful atmosphere.

Campbell Valley Regional Park is a gem due to its well-kept amenities and abundant leisure opportunities. This park invites you to interact with nature in its purest state and offers an enriching and revitalizing experience, irrespective of whether you are a local or a guest.

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