West Dyke and South DykeThis 90-minute, 26.5 km cycling based route travels along the West Dyke Recreational Trail from Terra Nova to the Steveston/South Dyke area before looping back via Horseshoe Slough Recreational Trail and on-street cycling lanes.
This loop moves through two of the most scenic areas along the recreational trail system - the West and Steveston / South Dyke Recreational Trails with view of wildlife, marshes, the coastal mountains and the Fraser River.
Printable route map Scenic Route No. 2
Points of Interest
Terra Nova Rural Park
The northwest corner of the main island of Richmond includes excellent views of the mountains, the Vancouver International Airport, Sturgeon Banks, tidal flats, river and wildlife.
Terra Nova Rural Park has been specifically preserved to highlight its natural surroundings in a unique rural landscape, balancing heritage, wildlife conservation and recreational uses.
Tree-lined paths meander past historic buildings, which date back to the 1890s. Features include native plantings, viewing platforms, pathways, picnic areas and a recreated slough. In cooperation with several community partners, the park promotes urban agriculture through a popular demonstration farm centre that includes community gardens, a schoolyard garden and a restored barn with a classroom and kitchen facilities for educational programs.
Picnic tables, washrooms and limited parking are available. Visit the Terra Nova Rural Park page for more information.Terra Nova Natural Area
The 35-acre protected old field habitat includes a perimeter trail and viewing platforms to observe wintering birds, owls and hawks in this conservation area. Parking is available.
See the Steveston & South Dyke Route page for more information about the points of interest along the Steveston and South Dyke leg of this route.
McCallan Road Recreational Trail
This trail is an extension of the Railway Avenue bicycle route and Railway Greenway and connects the Steveston Greenways to the Middle Arm Trail creating an alternate loop back to the West Dyke Trail. This recreational trail begins at the north end of Railway Avenue at Granville Avenue and runs adjacent to Burnett/Thompson School, continuing north towards River Road. At the north end of the trail, there are great views of the North Shore mountains, the Vancouver International Airport and south Vancouver.
Note: Exercise caution at the north end of this recreational trail and be aware of both passenger and commercial vehicular traffic when crossing River Road to access the dyke and the Middle Arm Recreational trail.