Parks & Trails
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows boast some of the most beautiful and widely explored parks and trails in BC. Home to the ever-popular Golden Ears Provincial Park, day trippers and campers love it here! We’re also proud of the fact that we have the most extensive and diverse trail network in Metro Vancouver.
Our trails are multi-purpose and are enjoyed year-round by many outdoor enthusiasts for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and bird watching. When the snow falls, many of our trails are enjoyed by cross-country skiers. Grab your backpack ‘cause its time to hit the trails.
With 80+ parks in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, our Municipal Parks system includes neighbourhood parks in residential areas, larger municipal parks, and community parks. Name your activity and we’ll find you the park. Here are just a few: BMX, golf, tennis, lawn bowling, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, softball, baseball, swimming and of course, spray parks. Group event and picnic reservation opportunities complete with picnic shelters, outdoor grills, restrooms, and playgrounds can be made throughout the year.
Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the largest parks in BC and well-known for its forested, private campsites and is a popular outdoor destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, horseback riders, sun-loving beach-goers and boaters.
The Park’s extensive trail network varies in length and difficulty. Whether you’re looking to stroll along the Lower Falls Trail or tackle the Golden Ears or Alouette Mountain Hiking Trail, you will be inspired by the phenomenal scenery. While on the trail, keep an eye out for rushing waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and a wide variety of wildlife including bears, beavers, deer, and squirrels. Don’t forget your camera.
Pitt Addington Wildlife Management Area (Formerly known as Grant Narrows Regional Park)
Located on the Pitt River which is the south entrance to Pitt Lake. Pitt Lake is the second largest lake in the Lower Mainland and the largest tidal lake in North America.
The area abounds with protected marshland and the flat dykes are perfect for walking, jogging, cycling, and horseback riding. Discover the 200-plus species of birds and waterfowl that call the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area home.
Sightings during your visit may include eagles, herons, orioles, sparrows, trumpeter swans, thrushes and more. Catch a glimpse of nesting ospreys from the observation towers between May and August. Keep an eye on the water and you may even see a beaver or seal.
Pitt Addington Wildlife Management Area (Formerly known as Grant Narrows Regional Park) offers canoe rentals, concession stand, washrooms, picnic area, boat launch, day and overnight parking. Canoe rentals; 604-836-7117
Trips from Grant Narrows
Enjoy 400 hectares of wilderness along 12 kilometres of Kanaka Creek. Protecting one of the most distinctive, attractive, and undisturbed streams in the Lower Mainland, Kanaka Creek Regional Park has access points at various locations with a short trail along the creek. The focal point of the park is Cliff Falls. This spectacular canyon carved by the turbulent water is ideal for picnics and quiet enjoyment. Please use caution when visiting Cliff Falls.
For years, both professional racers and cycling enthusiasts have been coming to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for some of the best cycling in the Lower Mainland. They love our network of quiet, well-paved roads, spectacular parks, and 30-plus miles of scenic dykes.
With bike lanes on many streets, bike lockups at several local businesses and annual or recurring cycling events, our communities are a great place to get out and enjoy your bike.
Visit the University of BC’s 5000 hectare research forest with 35 km of trails to hike. There are four, colour-coded trails that wind through the research forest. The shortest trail is the Red trail which is 1.4 km and takes approximately 45 minutes to walk. The Green and Yellow trails are 2.4 km and 3.2 km. The Green trail takes 1.2 hours to complete and the Yellow trail takes 1.5 hours. The Blue Trail is the longest trail stretching 6.5 km and taking 3 hours to walk. Each trail has a loop design so they all begin and end near the forest gates.
As the Forest’s primary use is research, the environment must be protected and the wildlife must not be disturbed. To ensure this, no bikes, dogs, or horses are permitted on the trails; however, anyone interested in exploring this spectacular forest on foot is welcome.
Remember…when you roam into the back country, cell phones are not always reliable. Make sure you let someone know where you are and always ride with a buddy.