With a blank calendar and a full list of resolutions on the horizon, why not spend the very first day of a brand new year amongst the greenery in the great outdoors (we’ve head it can have some wonderful health benefits). What better way to kick off the year than to gather up your friends and family, and spend some time discovering a new park or trail. Here are our suggestions for parks to visit this New Years Day.
Mud Bay Park
13030 – 48 Avenue
Mud Bay Park is perfect for those who aren’t quite sure what type of hike they’re looking for. With the ability to connect all the way to Delta’s Boundary Bay, you can really choose your own adventure here. With scenic flat trails whose views are often of the water, shore, and migratory birds who call Mud Bay their home for some time, these trails are perfect for snapping a pretty picture to mark the first day of the year.
500 – 152 Street
Nestled in the Newton neighbourhood is Surrey Lake Park, which is known as a wildlife oasis for animals like deer, salmon, frogs, and eagles. The man-made lake that runs alongside a portion of the trails is self-stocked with fish, which means that they naturally found their way into the lake! The trails at this park will take about 45 minutes, making it the perfect length for getting that blood pumping.
The Serpentine Fen
14246 44 Avenue
Winter is the perfect time to visit the Serpentine Fen, as thousands of birds call the Fen their home thanks to the open waters and bounty of food sources. The trails are marked by three look-out posts for optimal bird watching, but be sure to stay on the trails, as the marsh and waterways are important habitat. You can expect a three-and-a-half kilometre, or hour and a half jaunt.
Surrey Bend Regional Park
17775 104 Avenue
Why not visit Surrey’s newest park this New Years Day? The trails are anchored in one of the last remaining large, un-dyked sections of the lower Fraser River. The trails span over 5 kilometres with some absolutely stunning views of the Fraser River, and the neighbouring Barnston Island. The park is also dog friendly so long as they are on a lead, so the whole family can join in on the 2017 fun.
Tynehead Regional Park
17200 Block of 96 Avenue
Fleetwood’s Tynehead Regional Park is a true neighbourhood treasure. With 5 kilometres of trails, many of which are wheelchair accessible, this is a beautiful park to visit when the air is fresh and chilly. The trails are linked by bridges that cross over the Serpentine River, which acts as the perfect soundtrack to a New Years Day walk.