Vancouver, BC

Surrey: Tynehead Park, Surrey Bend Park, Barnston Island, Dyke Trail, Crescent Beach, White Rock

Crescent Beach. Wallpaper Flare

Surrey is a city of 500,000 that’s part of the Vancouver metro area, covering a large area between the Fraser River and the U.S. border. There are some excellent options for running in Surrey:

Tynehead Park. Paul Taylor

Tynehead Park. One of the best places to run in Surrey. A combination of paved and gravel trails. 168th St. divides the park into two sections. East of 168th St., the 4 km paved Perimeter trail is a good run, with more open terrain (MAP). On the west side, which is more for trail running, the 4 km Serpentine loop is a good option, featuring rolling hills and a walkway over the Serpentine River. Our thanks to Paul Taylor for suggesting this route!

Surrey Bend Regional Park. Located off 104th Ave., the 860-acre Surrey Bend Regional Park features several km of trails around wetlands. A loop of the perimeter is ~4.5 km. (MAP). Can combine with Barnston Island, reachable via a 5-minute ferry.

Barnston Island. Take the 5-minute ferry across to Barnston Island, and enjoy the running along nearly traffic-free Dyke Rd., which features great views of the Fraser River and the island’s farms. A loop of the island is 10 km. (MAP)

Boundary Bay path. Google Street View.

Boundary Bay Dyke Trail. A gravel trail along the north side of Boundary Bay. Wide open, with great water views. Up to 17 km between Mud Bay Park and Beach Grove in Tsawwassen.

Crescent Beach Area. In South Surrey, there’s scenic running in the Crescent Beach area. A 1.4 km gravel path runs along Boundary Bay, which can be combined with the paths around Blackie Spit (might be sandy) for a ~6 km route. Wonderful water views! (MAP)

White Rock Pier. Creative Commons

White Rock Promenade. The most scenic run in Surrey. Located in South Surrey near the U.S. border, the paved White Rock Promenade runs for 2.3 km along Boundary Bay, affording fantastic views. An out & back route, including the 0.4 km jaunt to the end of White Rock Pier, is 5.4 km. MAP

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