• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 6 hours
  • Round-Trip 20.8km
  • Elevation Gain minimal
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly Yes

The Vedder River Rotary Trail is a beautiful trail that follows the Vedder River for about 8km offering many scenic views. The trail is a popular walking, jogging, or cycling route and busy on the weekends with families and others out walking their dogs.

There are several parking lots located throughout the route and you can choose to do a shorter version of the trail. The route described below begins at Vedder Park and goes the entire route, ending at the North Dyke Trail.

From Vedder Park, walk past the playground towards the river and begin following the Vedder River Rotary Trail, walking alongside the river in the downstream direction. For the first 3.5km, the trail follows the river, offering scenic views of the surrounding landscape and wildlife, such as ducks, geese, eagles, and the occasional heron. On a nice day, there are often quite a few people fishing along the river.

After about 3.5km, the trail veers away from the river and reaches the junction with the Peach Creek Rotary Trail. Continue to follow the Vedder River Rotary Trail as it veers back towards the river. Further down river, cross the bridge over Peach Creek and continue to where the Hopedale parking lot area is. There are plenty of benches along the trail to stop and soak in the scenic views of the area.

The trail passes underneath a train bridge as it continues to make its way downstream. Eventually, you cross a small wooden bridge and reach the junction to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. The nature reserve has several trails and a viewing platform for bird watching throughout the area. There is also a building with educational displays and a gift shop.

Continue following the Rotary Trail as it crosses another wooden bridge, before passing through a forested area with the occasional view of the river. When it reaches a junction, go right and continue to the end of the trail to the metal gate marking the end of the trail.

To return, you can simply walk back the same way that you came or you can follow the North Dyke Trail at the metal gate. The North Dyke Trail returns to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve and, if you didn't already stop, this is a great opportunity to do so. From the Nature Reserve, you can continue to follow the North Dyke Trail or return to the Rotary Trail via one of the nature reserve trails. Continue to make your way east back up the Vedder River until you reach Vedder Park where you began.

How to get to Vedder River Rotary Trail

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour, 30 minutes

The Vedder River Rotary Trail is located in Chilliwack and has several parking lots along its 8km route where you can choose to start your hike from. The description on this page begins from the east end of the trail at Vedder Park.

From Vancouver, drive east through the city and onto Highway #1 The Trans Canada Highway heading eastbound. Stay on the Highway heading eastbound as you continue across the Port Mann Bridge, through Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and out towards the Fraser Valley.

Take Exit #104 No. 3 Road and veer to the right after exiting the highway, heading east on No. 3 Road. At a stop sign, turn right, then immediately turn left, continuing on No. 3 Road. Continue until you reach the end of the road at another stop sign and then turn left onto Yarrow Central Road.

Follow the road through the community of Yarrow and stay on this road. Without even knowing it, the road will change names to Vedder Mountain Road as you leave the community of Yarrow. Go straight through the light with the intersection to Cultus Lake and, not much further, you cross the Vedder Bridge.

Just after crossing the Vedder Bridge, go straight through the roundabout and then pull into the left-turn lane and turn left at the first street, which is called Petawawa Road. Follow this road to where it turns right but, instead of going right, go straight into the drive way (watch for traffic coming from the right). Follow the driveway, looking for a public parking lot to the left on the other side of a dog-off-leash area. Park here next to Vedder Park and begin the trail by walking past the playground to the path near the Vedder River.

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Additional Info

Camping at Vedder River Rotary Trail

Camping is not permitted at Vedder River Rotary Trail.

Dogs at Vedder River Rotary Trail

Dogs must be on a leash at all times along the Vedder River Rotary Trail. Please ensure to pick up after your dog and dispose of poop bags.

Toilets at Vedder River Rotary Trail

There are several toilets along the Vedder River Rotary Trail, including near the playground at the beginning, just beyond the junction with the Peach Creek Rotary Trail, at the Hopedale Parking Lot, just beyond the Hopedale Parking Lot, and near the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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