- Difficulty Easy
- Time 5 hours
- Round-Trip 17.2km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 35 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
The Pitt River Regional Greenway is a long trail in Pitt Meadows located along the dikes of the Fraser River where it joins the Pitt River. The route is part of the Trans Canada Trail and this section spans from the area near the Pitt River Bridge to Harris Landing. Since the trail is a flat, gravel path, the greenway is also a popular cycling route.
Parking is located at both ends of the trail, however the description starts from the west end of the trail with the suggestion of having lunch at the Pitt Meadows Runway Cafe before walking back (check their hours). The Pitt Meadows airport is located near the Harris Landing area, near the east end of the route. It's about 8km from the parking area to the airport, oneway.
From the gravel parking area, walk past the metal gate and up onto the dike, then go left following the trail. The route follows the Pitt River to your right before gradually curving left where the Pitt River joins the Fraser River. Farms to the left provide a sort of peacefulness away from the hustle and bustle of the city. On a clear day, the mountains of Golden Ears Provincial Park provide a scenic backdrop for the rural setting.
After the first 5km, the trail reaches a metal gate next to a saw mill. Follow the road in the same direction for about 400-meters until another metal gate marks the start of the next section of gravel trail.
Continue following the trail as you near the Pitt Meadows airport. Follow the trail to the left near the airport as it descends down a small hill and passes under a tunnel used by float planes above to connect the airport with the river. Walk another 600-meters and follow a trail to the right that heads out towards the Fraser River, offering a scenic view of the area where shore birds, such as herons, can often be spotted.
From this point, you can explore the trails along the shoreline in the Harris Landing park area, head to the cafe at the airport, or start your return trip back to where you began. Make sure to leave plenty of time for the 8km+ that it takes to return back to the parking area.