Boundary Bay/Centennial Beach - May 2009

Tucked away in literally the most southwest corner of continental Canada is Boundary Bay Regional Park and Centennial Beach [ Google Map ]. Last Saturday, after living in Vancouver for many years, I finally made it out to Boundary Bay for the first time. Some fellow SciFi fans and I were having some fun on a mini-road trip exploring Battlestar Galactica filming locations.

Boundary Bay does not fall under my definition of beautiful, but I was intrigued by the grassy low rolling landscape. It calls out to be explored with a promise of something interesting just over the next rise. The constant breeze coming off the ocean made it especially pleasant being there on a warm day. Bird watchers apparently love this place. Birding isn't my thing, but it was fun watching a pair of heron fly past. My visit there was far too short. I'd like to go back one day and walk some of the trails.

Here are the pictures from my visit. Clicking on the thumbnail gets you an enlarged version. In a couple pictures you'll notice some unnatural purples, there were no strange atmospheric happenings, just my insta-point-and-shoot camera getting confused.

Boundary Bay - Regional Park Entrance Sign Boundary Bay - Information Sign Boundary Bay - Entering a trail head from parking lot Boundary Bay - Raised trail Boundary Bay - Leafy tree Boundary Bay - Trail and field Boundary Bay - Trail and field Boundary Bay - Trail and field Boundary Bay - Field Boundary Bay - Bullrushes Boundary Bay - Bullrushes Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Concession Stand Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach volley ball players with Mount Baker in the background Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach with border marker bouy at left Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach looking towards Mount Baker Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach looking towards Vancouver Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach looking towards picnic area Boundary Bay - Centennial Beach looking towards concession stand

Some other stuff:

  • GVRD Parks Boundary Bay Web Page: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks_lscr/regionalparks/Pages/BoundaryBay.aspx
  • Boundary Bay Regional Park Trail Map: Boundarybay.pdf
  • There's bus service
  • Although the constant wind is nice on a warm day, you'll definitely want to dress in layers on a not-so-warm day
  • Sunscreen would be good, it was only noon and I was already seeing some folks with fresh tan lines
  • Dogs are allowed on-leash except for the beach
  • Bicycles were not allowed on the trails we were using
  • There's a picnic area with tables and BBQs are allowed
  • The food at the concession stand is exactly what you'd expect
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