- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1 hour
- Round-Trip 2.6km
- Elevation Gain 40 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 40 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
Bert Flinn Park in Port Moody has a number of scenic hiking trails that pass through lush forests and make for a short, easy walk. The route passes several streams and raised boardwalks and is a popular area for locals and dog walkers.
There are a variety of trails and the easiest ones to follow are to the north of the park. The description below will follow those trails and then loop back along the wide gravel trail. For those wanting a longer hike, there are trails to the south to explore but the trails are not well marked and can be confusing as they pass between neighbourhood developments.
From the wide gravel trail to the west of the roundabout at David Avenue and Heritage Mountain, walk up onto the gravel area on the right and follow a trail that heads up into the forest. Immediately, you enter a beautiful west coast forest with cedars and Douglas fir trees as the trail gently climbs uphill. Cross over a small wooden bridge and a bit further you reach a clearing.
Walk past the clearing and continue along the trail on the other side, quickly making time until you reach another clearing with a sign marking the Wetlands ahead. Go left and into the forest as the next section of trail makes its way around the wetlands, crossing a series of boardwalks, before reaching the clearing on the far side. Walk up the old gravel road to a 3-way junction and next to an old, blank wooden signboard.
Go left past the old signboard and stay left at the small junction as you follow the trail and it begins to descend. The route drops down and crosses a bridge before continuing through the lush forest. Eventually you reach a junction and it is at this point that you need to decide whether to loop back to the beginning or to extend your hike and taking the longer route (explained below). Go left and walk a bit further to where the trail opens up and joins the wide gravel trail.
Follow the wide trail, staying on the straight route as it takes you all the way back to the start of the trail. This section is a dog-off-leash area so expect to run into a few dogs as you return to the trailhead.
The trails along the southern area of Bert Flinn Park are also beautiful and offer a longer route to explore but they are not well marked and can be a bit confusing. You are never far from a neighbourhood, however where you end up and what junction to take is part of the challenge.
To access these trails, go right at the junction on the trail just before reaching the clearing with the wide trail and follow it, staying left at a second junction and continuing until it reaches a gravel clearing. Pass straight through the gravel clearing and cross a wide gravel road, entering the forest on the other side.
Alternatively, you can also follow the wide trail for about 100-meters to where a separate wide trail heads off to the right, going downhill and follow that. If you are following the wide gravel trail downhill, watch for a clearing to your right and, immediately to your left enter the trail
One you've entered the forest, follow the trail, staying left at the first junction. At the 2nd junction, go left and head uphill to where the trail arrives behind a row of houses. Follow the trail for awhile until it reaches the end of the houses, then go left up the hill with the houses to the left. The trail reaches a road where there is a bench. Cross the road and follow the trail on the other side as it continues uphill and eventually reaches the wide gravel trail near where you began. Go right and follow this wide route back to the start of the hike.