Valley Views: 5 Kid-Friendly Trails
June 28, 2019
With over 2,584 acres of parkland, there is an outdoor space for everyone to enjoy this spring. Bike, walk, or run to one of these local trails to get your nature fix!
Mill Lake Park
Mill Lake is a perfect family destination offering everything from quiet picnic areas to an impressive spray park and playground for children. A popular spot for walkers, bikers, joggers and those looking to do a little fishing. The trail winds around a lake hidden in the middle of the Abbotsford’s urban core; home to a variety of waterfowl including ducks, mergansers, and geese and even a few bald eagles! Lots of lakeside benches and the floating boardwalk make this trail a peaceful place to exercise and rejuvenate.
Address: 2310 Emerson Street, Mill Lake, V2T 3N8
Length: 2 km
Fishtrap Creek Park
Developed around Abbotsford’s storm-water system, enjoy the 3.5-kilometre forested hike that winds past wetlands and marshes. The paved trails, benches, gazebos, and picnic tables allow people of all ages to enjoy the local flora and fauna and make pit stops along the way. Although it is located in the heart of the city, most of this urban park is well-treed and offers the tranquil sounds of birds singing and frogs croaking.
Address: 31580 Maclure Road, V2T 4K9
Length: 3.5 km
Dogs: Some off-leash areas
Willband Creek Park
Located off Highway 11, the trails at Willband Creek Park are built around stormwater detention ponds and encourage a diverse waterfowl population and various species of migratory birds. 139 different bird species have been spotted here! These wetland trails border on farmland and provide excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and enjoying the quiet, natural environment. An easy interpretive walk weaves around the ponds, as well as a longer loop that brings hikers back to the parking lot.
Address: 34350 Bateman Road, V2S 8E9
Length: North Loop is 1.6 km, South is 2.33 km, and the full loop is 2.62 km
Matsqui Regional Park
Enjoy a leisurely six-kilometer walk along the Fraser River on the well-groomed trails at Matsqui Trail Regional Park. This flat and low-level hike gives visitors views of riverbanks overlooking Mission, tranquil farmland, and the surrounding Cascade mountains. This is a great trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to experience nature. No matter what the season, there’s something to see – from wildflowers to swans to sturgeon. This park also offers ample parking area, washrooms, picnic tables and horse trailer parking.
Address: Trans Canada Trail, Near Fraser River, V3G 1N2
Length: 6 km
This park is a great choice for anyone looking to get some extra physical activity in. In addition to paved trails and pathways, you can find large open playing fields and baseball diamonds open to everyone. Clearbrook Park’s location away from busy highways also makes it a great place to spend a quiet afternoon amongst nature. In and around the park you will find a variety of trails and pathways, including a section of the Discovery Trail, which runs throughout Abbotsford.
Address: 3680 Clearbrook Rd, V2T 6N3
Dogs: Some off-leash areas