Salmon live in the Serpentine River, in many life stages, for most of the year. Some stages, such as eggs and spawners, are very sensitive to disturbances and must be left alone. People and dogs should stay out of the water and away from the river banks.
Tynehead Hatchery raises coho, chum and chinook salmon that return to the Serpentine River to spawn. The hatchery is run by the Serpentine Enhancement Society, a non-profit volunteer group that welcomes new members (call 604-589-9127).
Tynehead Regional Park contains a dog leash-optional area that can be accessed from both the Serpentine Fields (along 168th Street) and the Tynehead Hatchery (along 96th Avenue) entrances.
Dogs are welcome but must be under control at all times. There are on-leash and leash-optional areas in the park. Dogs are not allowed in the Serpentine River. Please scoop up your dog's poop and dispose of it properly.
Both the Serpentine Hills and Serpentine Fields entrances have wheelchair-accessible toilets, picnic tables and connections to the Tynehead Perimeter Trail. The Hatchery Entrance has a wheelchair-accessible toilet and connections to the Birch Grove, Hatchery and Salmon Habitat trails. There is currently a ridge that exceeds 13mm between the trail and concrete pad for the wheelchair-accessible toilet.
Birch Grove Trail is wheelchair accessible, flat and has a firm, gravel surface.
Hatchery Trail has a firm, gravel surface. It is mostly flat but does contain one hill with a gentle slope (less than 5%) where the cross slope exceeds 3% (up to 11% for 7.8 m). There are two ridges exceeding 13mm - one where the viewing platform meets the trail; and one at the south end of the bridge over the Serpentine River.
Salmon Habitat Loop Trail is flat and mostly gravel with two wooden boardwalks. The surface is firm except for one 15 m section where the material is loose and not compacted. There are two places where the cross slope exceeds 3% - one section for 14 m and the other for 50 m – both are on the west side of the loop. Each boardwalk had one ridge that exceeds 13mm.
Tynehead Perimeter Trail is wheelchair-accessible with gentle to moderate slopes (less than 8%) and a paved surface. In a few places near the junction of 96 and 168, the slope is between 8.3 – 9.9 % for 15 m. Large concrete blocks currently create a barrier between the Serpentine Fields Entrance and the remainder of the loop. The trail is incomplete and inaccessible between 168 St and the Hatchery Entrance.
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