- 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 Yes
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.