- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.5 hours
- Round-Trip 3.5km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 45 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The Serpentine Fen in Surrey offers a scenic walk through a nature reserve with three wooden towers with great views of the area. The nature reserve is popular with bird watchers as more than 100 different species frequent the area depending on the time of year.
The best place to start this loop is from a gravel parking area on the side of King George Blvd, just north of 44th Avenue. From the parking lot, walk west along the dyke, past the metal gate, and follow the trail to where you see a large map of the area next to a junction with a trail. This is the point where you will return to after completing the, roughly, 3km loop.
After looking at the map, continue walking along the dyke trail as you reach the first wooden viewing tower within about 10-minutes. Climb the stairs to the top and you will be treated to a scenic view of the area and maybe able to spot some of the many birds in the nature reserve.
Continue walking along the dyke trail as it waves a few times before following a long, straight stretch. At the first opportunity to go left, walk down the gravel trail to the second wooden viewing tower and climb to the top of the stairs for another view of the park area.
After enjoying another view, continue on the trail leading away from the dyke and follow it as it begins to loop back and to the left. After 15 - 20 minutes, watch for a small wooden bridge on your left and walk over it to where the third wooden viewing tower is located. This is the last tower of the three towers.
Complete the loop by following the narrow trail, crossing a couple of small bridges, then following the trail along the marsh area to a final wooden bridge, then the map of the area where you passed earlier. Turn right and walk the short distance along the dyke trail, back to the parking lot.
How to get to Serpentine Fen Nature Trail
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
The Serpentine Fen Nature Trail is located in south Surrey near where King George Blvd. meets Highway #99. Depending where you are in the Lower Mainland, there are several routes that will lead you to this area, so check with Google Maps to ensure you take the easiest route.
From Vancouver, drive to Oak Street and head southbound, continuing across the Oak Street Bridge and onto Highway #99. Follow Highway #99 for the next 30km as you drive through Richmond, through the George Massey Tunnel, and through the South Surrey / Delta region. Take Exit #10 King George Blvd. and stay to the left after you exit the Highway. Turn left onto King George at the lights and stay in the left lane. Cross over the Highway, pass the Art Knapps and another set of businesses at 44th Avenue and pull into the left turn shortly after. Turn left into a gravel parking lot area next to where the dyke trail begins.
Note: Some other resources say to park along 44th Avenue. This is also an option BUT be aware that the gates along this road close at 6pm daily. It is therefore recommended to park at the gravel parking lot along King George Blvd.
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Transit Access to Serpentine Fen Nature Trail
Depending where you are coming from, it is possible to take transit to Serpentine Fen as a bus stop for the #321 White Rock Centre bus stops right next to the nature area. The #321 bus can be taken from Surrey Central Skytrain station where it will depart and head southbound on King George Blvd.
The specific bus stop that you will need to get off at is called "King George Blvd at 44 Avenue". It will be difficult to know where this is when you're on the bus, so best to ask the bus driver and if he / she is uncertain, it's just before the Art Knapps Plantland stop.
To return to Surrey Central Station by bus, there is a north bound bus stop on the other side of King George Blvd. from where you got off the bus. Be VERY careful crossing King George as traffic speed through the area is very fast.Plan Trip With Public Transit ›
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