Park reserves are also part of the Metro Vancouver regional parks system. These areas offer only limited access and are not generally open to the public before comprehensive management plans to guide their development and use have been completed.
Planning and Public Consultation
The following are Metro Vancouver Park Reserves:
Blaney Bog Park Reserve (District of Maple Ridge)
This 92 Ha site is part of the tidally influenced Pitt River Valley wetlands that were once one of the largest inland estuarine habitats on the BC coast. Blaney Bog, along with the Codd Wetlands, represents the largest off-channel salmon rearing habitat within the Allouette River watershed and one of the last in the Fraser River’s lower reaches. Blaney Bog is characterized by a regionally significant peat bog surrounded by a unique combination of fen, riparian shrubland, riparian forest and creek habitats. This diversity of habitats supports a wide variety of fish and wildlife species, some of which are listed provincially as rare and endangered.
For additional information about Blaney Bog, visit the Pitt Polder Preservation Society.
Fraser Islands Reserve (Cities of Richmond and Port Coquitlam)
Comprised of Don, Lion and Douglas Islands, the land base of this reserve totals 210 Ha. These sites are accessible only by boat and have no facilities.
Thwaytes Landing (District of North Vancouver)
Located on the West side of Indian Arm, this 48 Ha site is only accessible by water and includes 1,100 meters of shoreline. It was named after Captain Tom Thwaytes, who in 1927 with his wife Anya, a Russian princess, built the original heritage home still standing today. The rocky beach provides a welcome and scenic rest area to kayakers and canoeists. Landing on the shore is best at high tide.
Widgeon Marsh (City of Coquitlam)
Acquired in 1992, this 661 Ha reserve borders on the largest freshwater tidal marsh in North America. It protects open lowlands and coastal rainforest slopes against a backdrop of spectacular mountain ridges and is a popular location for local film shoots.