Located just north of Vancouver International Airport, Iona Beach Regional Park is a unique area of land made up of a long, narrow jetty of sand and grass along the mouth of the Fraser River. The majority of the walking route is along the beach or a sandy, unmarked trail before reaching the furthest section that is covered in logs. Sea birds are visible throughout the area as well as a fairly unobstructed view of the Georgia Straight south and west of Vancouver.
From the parking lot, walk between the building and to the right where there is a sign. The area is not clearly marked but continue along the beach looking for signs of a trail made by the footsteps of others. The first section follows the shoreline along the beach as the middle section of the jetty is private property.
Once you pass the industrial area, you can either choose to continue along the shoreline or walk more inland where the grassy area sometimes shows a trail made from others who have walked on this area. The park is often quite windy and it can feel as though walking is a challenge if you are walking directly into the wind.
Eventually you will reach the end of the path and an area where the trail descends onto hundreds of logs that have washed up along the shoreline. You can continue to the end point but watch your footing along the logs as they are often slippery and sometimes move slightly when you step on them.
Once you have reached the end of your walk, turn around and retrace your footsteps along the beach, making your way back to the parking lot area.
How to get to Iona Beach Regional Park
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 35 minutes
To get to Iona Beach Regional Park, drive south on Granville Street through Vancouver and stay to the left, heading towards Richmond and the airport across the Arthur Laing Bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right at the first traffic light at Grauer Road. Continue straight as Grauer Road becomes Ferguson Road and then Iona Island Causeway. The road will veer to the right at the far end of the airport and then take a sharp left before reaching the parking lot area for the park.
View a map of Driving directions to Iona Beach Regional Park.
Dogs at Iona Beach Regional Park
Dogs must be leashed at all times within the park. Please ensure to pickup after your dog.
Toilets at Iona Beach Regional Park
Washroom facilities are located next to the parking lot at Iona Beach Regional Park. There are no other toilets in the park area.
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