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Regional Greenways 

Creating a Regional Greenway Network
Metro Vancouver, municipalities and community groups are working together to create this regional greenway network. Although the routes may take several years to establish, one day you will be able to walk, cycle or watch wildlife along greenways throughout the region.

Wherever possible, greenways are integrated with utility development to take advantage of sizable linear corridors comprising Metro Vancouver's water and sewer network. There are four greenways currently under development which, when completed, will provide approximately 100 kilometres of trails. They are:

Brunette-Fraser Regional Greenway
This is the first link in the regional greenway network and is part of the Central Valley Greenway connecting Vancouver to New Westminster. When completed, it will extend 16 km from Burnaby Mountain to the Fraser River. It follows the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail; drainage corridors along Stoney Creek and the Brunette River, and streets in New Westminster to reach Sapperton Landing and, eventually, New Westminster Quay. Some sections are sewer and storm water service routes - be prepared to encounter large trucks. The section of trail through Brunette River Conservation Area is the most accessible, with a semi-firm trail surface (crushed, packed gravel). This section of greenway is at least 3 m wide, is 2 km long. The section of the Brunette-Fraser Regional Greenway through Hume Park has a steep section which may be a barrier to some cyclists or wheelchair users. There is an accessible washroom located at the lower level of Hume Park near the playing fields.

Delta-South Surrey Regional Greenway
This new regional greenway runs from Annacis Island to Mud Bay along the South Surrey Interceptor sewer corridor and will be under construction over the next five years. The 2.3 km section between 64th Avenue and Highway 10 is officially open. Also Surrey’s Mud Bay Park which serves as the southern terminus is open and connects to the Boundary Bay Dyke Trail. This greenway will one day provide connections between Delta’s Nature Reserve and Watershed Park, Surrey’s Joe Brown Park and Mud Bay Park, the Serpentine Greenway and Boundary Bay Regional Park. Generally the greenway slopes are gentle (less than 5%). The trail surface between Colebrook and Joe Brown park is quite soft/sandy and there is a steep section between 58th Ave and Watershed Park (the overpass) which may create a barrier for some cyclists/wheelchair users.

Pitt River Regional Greenway
The first phase of the Pitt River Regional Greenway is now open, stretching 10.2 km west from the waterfront parkland at Harris Landing (at the foot of Harris Road in Pitt Meadows) to Ferry Slip Road. The greenway follows the Fraser and Pitt River dykes, offering excellent opportunities for walking, cycling and bird watching. Enjoy beautiful views of mountains, rivers and working farmland. Watch for wildlife including seal, muskrat, osprey, hawks and ducks.

The trails at Harris Landing are semi-firm fine gravel trails that are at least 1.5 m wide. There is a steep slope (10%) from the parking lot down to the pass accessing the trails. The main trail at Harris landing is 900 m long. The Dyke Trail surface has loose gravel in some sections and is at least 3 m wide. The section from Harris Landing to the industrial area is 3 km long and the section from the industrial area to the Ferry Slip Landing is 5.8 km. The washrooms at Harris Landing are wheelchair accessible.

Additional sections of the trail will be completed over the next 10 years, following the dykes wherever possible. Once complete, the greenway will stretch some 30 kilometres to Grant Narrows Regional Park, linking to a network of municipal trails, the Trans Canada Trail, and Allouette River dyke trails. Planned bridge and airport construction may affect access at times, so please watch for detours and obey all signs.

Seymour River Greenway
As part of the regional greenway network, Seymour River Regional Greenway will, in the long term, connect the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve to Burrard Inlet, near the mouth of the Seymour River. It will pass by Capilano University, Maplewood Farm, and through the Maplewood community and industrial area. Much of the greenway is still in the planning stages except for the existing portion through the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Metro Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver are working in partnership on the planning and construction of a new trail segment which will connect from Monashee Drive to Mount Seymour Parkway via the BC Hydro corridor east of Capilano University. This new trail segment is anticipated to be substantially complete and open by late autumn 2010.

The new section of the Seymour River Greenway is 1.7 km long, with many steep sections (15% slope). The section south of Capilano University parking is paved and is the easiest part of the trail, although there are still some steep sections. The section north of Capilano University is crushed rocked/compacted gravel and is 3 m wide. A wood staircase with over 100 steps is located along the north section of the trail just below Monashee Road.

Related Information:
 Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

Pacific Parklands Foundation
Pacific Parklands Foundation
Founded in 2000, Pacific Parklands Foundation (PPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks. An arm’s length organization, PPF is valuable to Metro Vancouver as a fundraising body dedicated to regional parks projects, youth environmental leadership, volunteers and regional parks associations, and the commemorative and memorial gifts program.
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