2.8 out of 5 - 5 reviews

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Lion Tamer from Vancouver writes:

Hiked this one February 13th, but I've done it previous summers.

I have to say I'm somewhat torn on how to review this walk. On the one hand, this is a fantastic picnic area, tons of parking, plenty of new spiffy tables (and enough grass for those without!) a bit of a field open for Frisbee, bald eagles (we saw 3 in under an hour) and on a clear day (like today was) the North viewing platform offered the most complete view of the North Shore mountains around, we could see as far as the gulf islands. There was also a swarm of seagulls (must have been 300+) on the fairly calm river which made for awesome viewing, and a heritage house to check out. Top notch 4.5/5.

But ultimately this is Vancouver TRAILS, and the trail is the biggest disappoint. It's boring, and the still-water on either side of the track is a breeding ground for mosquitoes outside of the winter. The sound of traffic never quite escapes you, and the view at the end point is pathetic compared to the views on the North side of the island. The thick strands of trees without canopies ultimately meant that the trail was covered in more snow and ice than many other trails in the Vancouver area.

Ultimately, a great place to spend the day with a family, a poor choice for those who want a good trail.

    Posted: February 13, 2017 03:47:17 PM PST


    Ayni from Surrey writes:

    We went here for Victoria day picnic and we had a lovely picnic and left our picnic table with some items to return to after our hike only to find out that the park rangers had cleaned us up! And we returned to our table at 8:45pm as we knew the park closes at 9pm and we did not leave food out in the open but under secure tight lids and a whole trop 50 unopened juice bottle and a whole box of yummy chicken pizza!!

    One of our party saw the park ranger white golf car wheeze past and we went to where it was parked and not wanting to disobey the "authorized staff only beyond this point" sign called out to ask what happened to our whole table spread with the table cover. The rangers were seated in their cars all this time!
    Finally one of crossed the gates to check their main garbage to lo and behold see our table cover wrapped up as a garbage and our precious family glass containers wrapped there in. So we rescued our dishes ( of course we would compost the food at home! what a waste) and no sign of our pizza box or the unopened trop 50 orange juice!! hmmm

    As we left their compound lo and behold the rangers zoomed out with their sedan cars heavily tinted windows without a word! Like helloooo just talk to us! W head 15 mins!!! and no sign that says clear out by 8:45!! It clearly says 9pm! and we are law abiding gentle family with kids!! What an example!!!

    We left the park at 9:11pm! With our glass dishes and our eco friendly recyclable plastic plates that the rangers just dumped and food that was to be used for our lunches and not wasted.

    What a dreadful end to a day that could have ended on a much better note and rangers that could have some courtesy and respect.

    We do respect park rangers and the work they do- but please don't be mean!!! and don't steal our orange juice!!!

      Posted: May 19, 2015 08:45:07 PM PST


      Wayne Hollings from Surrey writes:

      Nice walk but we were surprised to find NO BIKES allowed on the trails!!! Great place to see eagles and their nests, which are huge!!!

        Posted: March 24, 2014 05:09:46 PM PST


        Lionel from Vancouver writes:

        Nice enough but dreadfully boring. Not dog friendly at all as well. I was threatened by a park worker to leash my well behaved dog. Besides, there's nothing to do there for a dog. Nothing but bramble on either side of straightaway trails. Not a place to let your dog relax a bit and run free. Horrible. Very little wildlife as well.

          Posted: March 23, 2014 04:45:38 PM PST


          Becca from richmond, bc writes:

          Went on this nice and very easy walk last weekend with some friends. It was convenient with lots of free parking, and flat easy trails for kids, dogs and a stroller. There were tons of HUGE bald eagles around either flying or perched on tree branches. It was amazing to see. At one of the lookout points we saw a ton of ducks lazing around, and some geese flying by. The kids loved it.

            Posted: January 23, 2014 11:46:39 AM PST


            D.J. from North Delta writes:

            Park has changed over the past 10 years.
            We would have enjoyed our day of a bbq picnic and dog walking through the sometimes flooded and muddy trails,... if not for the unbelievable amount of biting insects! Swarms of different types of bugs everywhere throughout trails, even clustered on the picnic tables.
            * The power-tripping insolent "park ranger girl" who silently + swiftly whizzed by us without stopping on the isolated trail yelling "No open liquor in the park, put the bottle in your bag" also RUINED our outing.
            [We had found an 'EMPTY capped' plastic cooler bottle' on trail and I had picked up to deposit in trash at picnic area]
            Our dog-walking picnic day venture was not enjoyable.
            Covered in bug bites & park employee's misdirected rudeness!!!

              Posted: July 7, 2012 03:20:44 AM PST


              Ron Phillips from Mochder, North Wales U.K. writes:

              First time visit to Deas Island Park! Disappointed not more comments on sightings etc! Would like to see Heritage House closer but was concentrating on birds! Two Eagles circling mobbed by Gulls! Little Blue Heron feasting on Minnows? American Robins a wonder to a Brit! Rufous Sided Tohee always nice to see - etc. etc! Mergenasers and Cormorants! Sharp Shinned hawk in vicinity of Barred Owls Nest! Yes a lovely walk before heading across for an hour with Snow Geese at the Reifel!

                Posted: April 12, 2011 10:29:37 AM PST


                Ann from Vancouver writes:

                Hiked yesterday, slightly flooded due to high tide and very windy on the south side!

                  Posted: December 31, 2010 09:06:28 AM PST


                  Jennyfur from Vancouver writes:

                  Walked around here a couple weeks ago. Not a hike, but a nice walk, the terrain is flat, it is the perfect place to take my very senior dog. Nice for an easy bike ride too. Interesting to stand over the tunnel, and plenty of flora and fauna to look at, and all along this busy commuter corridor!

                    Posted: April 30, 2010 08:25:59 PM PST


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