Douglas Taylor Park-Abbotsford, British Columbia

Trail: Douglas Taylor Park

Distance: 0+ km

Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia

Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 1 hour

Directions: Click here for Google map

Adults: 3

Ages of children: 2,4

Stroller friendly: Yes

Dog friendly: Yes

Bathrooms: No

Jellybean rating: 1/5

If you drive a short distance out of central Abbotsford you’ll find one of the most beautiful parks in the city!

Douglas Taylor park is BEAUTIFUL, especially during the fall months.

If you drive a short distance out of central Abbotsford you'll find one of the most beautiful parks in the city-Douglas Taylor Park!

My younger two girls and I met up with their Auntie and Grandma one sunny September day. There’s a big parking lot-so, lots of parking is available!

james taylor park abbotsford

When you face North (away from the road) you can choose to go left or to go right. Left will lead you down to a path along the river. We went right, though. This trail will actually take you right down to the Mission bridge (if you have 6.9 km in ya to get there)!

olund trail to matsqui trail

For the beginning of the trail you’ll walk along some private, active farm property. It’s bordered with barbed wire and blackberry bushes, so you won’t have to worry about keeping your littles out of there.

farm property on douglas taylor park

There are a few breaks in the blackberries and you may be lucky enough to watch a spider eating some lunch! Don’t let it “bug” you-it’s nature!

spider eating a fly

After a short distance on the open trail you’ll start heading into the trees. You’ll be able to find some pretty impressive leaves at this point!

You’re also now entering Matsqui First Nation Reserve Lands. Take a look at the sign-there are a few topic points for conversation with the kids along the trail!

matsqui first nations

If your kids are starting to lose interest at this point encourage them to look for “Guard cows”!

guard cows at douglas taylor

As you go through the lush forest trail of Douglas Park you’ll go up and down some hills. It’s a nice way to get the kids to “see what’s over the next hill” or “what’s around the corner?””. If that isn’t working, you can probably pique their interest with the train tracks coming up!

olund trail at douglas taylor park

douglas taylor park train tracks

This is an active train track so make sure you look both ways!

The nice thing about the trail at Douglas Park is that you can go for as long as you want to! Once your kids are done with walking you can embark in the journey of discovering ways to get them back to the car:)

Jellybean Rating Summary for Douglas Taylor Park

This is a lovely park to go to have an afternoon saunter. I mean, you can do whatever you want here: bike, run, walk, ride a horse…but with kids-it’s a lovely afternoon saunter spot.

There is a lot of variance in the trail which makes it fun and interesting. You’re bound to see some interesting leaves, or bugs, or, if you’re lucky, you’ll see yourself a guard cow!!

 

Have fun!

Sam

 

 

 

 

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