- Difficulty Easy
- Time 2.5 hours
- Round-Trip 8km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season year-round
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver 1 hour
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
Derby Reach Regional Park is located in Langley and includes the scenic trails along the Edgewater Bar section and a forest loop along the Houston Trail in the Historic Area. The park offers a camping area located along the Fraser River, a dog off-leash area, and easy walking trails that are popular year-round.
You can start your hike from either the Edgewater Bar area or the Historic Area, however we will describe the route from the Edgewater Bar camping area and back. The trail starts across from campsite #1 as you enter the forest along the Edge Trail. The trail is about the width of a sidewalk and winds through the forest before reaching an overflow parking area. Cross the junction and continue straight as the short 1km route passes over a wooden bridge before exiting onto the gravel road in the loop at the end of the campground.
Look for the Edge Farm Trail to the right, just at the end of the gravel road and take this trail as it follows the shoreline of the Fraser River closely. Many birds can be seen in the bushy areas along the shore and the grassy areas on the right of the trail. Continue along the 1.5km Edge Farm Trail as it runs alongside Allard Crescent before reaching the Historic Area parking lot at the end of the trail on the other side of the road.
The Houston Trail starts from the parking lot of the Historic Area and is a 4km loop that is popular with walkers, hikers, and the occasional horseback rider. The trail starts to the right of the wooden signboard, where you walk down the small hill and go left along the wide trail. Continue along the wide trail until it meets a junction, where the loop begins, and go right to start the loop in a counter-clockwise direction.
Follow the trail as it it makes its way through forested land along a gravel trail that sits above the boggy terrain and mud. The trail eventually reaches a parking lot called the Houston Trailhead, where there is space to park large horse transport trailers. To the left, the trail begins and continues its route through the forest, brushing alongside the golf course, before arriving at a junction. Go straight at the junction and continue as the trail descends downhill rapidly, before having to climb back up the other side again. Only a short distance further and you have returned to the original junction where you started the loop.
Go right and return to the Historic Area parking lot. From here, to return to the Edgewater Bar area, cross the street and go left back along the Edge Farm Trail to the camping area. You can continue your return trip along the gravel road way that passes by each campsite.