Sunday, 24 June 2012

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

The Pacific Spirit Regional Park has over 54 kms of walking or hiking trails. The Park is located in the west of city of Vancouver, British Columbia on the shores of the Georgia Strait in the Pacific Ocean.

Mushrooms


The Park is on the University of British Columbia (also known as UBC locally) endowment land. The huge 763 hectare park is the largest in Vancouver.


Georgia Strait


If one does not have time to hit the mountains then it is a nice piece of wilderness within the city.


Park in Winters


One can decide to make ones own trail picking up one and leaving it in between and joining another.


One of the Trails

The Park is a heaven for bird and plant species.


Rejuvenation Cycle in Progress


The Park had several birch trees (photo below) the bark of which in the earlier Indian system was used as a paper for writing before the advent of the modern day paper.


Birch Tree or a Snake?


Inside the forested parts it does not feel cold whereas on the seaside the wind chill factor makes it very cold in winters. But then that is the best weather for jogging!


Wild Mushrooms on Rock

Some of the trees were deciduous while the other were evergreen. Within the Park there were several water channels.

Evergreen Forest

Wild flowers were in bloom even in winters. One could hear and see several birds as well.

Wild Flowers


There are choices of trails whether you want one with steep inclines or whether one prefers trails along the Pacific Ocean front.


Tall Trees

There are sections of the trails that are open to the dogs as well as for horse riding while there are others where only hiking or jogging is allowed.

The Pacific Spirit Regional Park Map

There is no entry fee to the park and one can enter from several points. One can spend either half a day or a full day exploring the various trails depending upon the time available and the energy left. 

1 comment:

Picton Zane said...

I should tell you that the wildlife which can be glimpsed here and also the birds will not be glimpsed in any other part of the world. This is really a expert part and I should state that you will decisively love this park.

Russell Solomon