Blue Heron Nature Reserve- Chilliwack, British Columbia

Trail: Blue Heron Reserve

Distance: 0 +Km

Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia

Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 1 hour 30 min

Directions: Click here for Google Map

Adults: 2

Ages of children: 2, 4

Stroller friendly: Yes

Dog friendly: No

Bathrooms: Yes

Jellybean rating: 1/5

If your looking for a free educational experience and a place to get your kids outside; Blue Heron Nature Reserve, is one of the best places. There are various trails all throughout the reserve. The total reserve takes up approximately 300 acres and is home to the beautiful blue heron birds and other fascinating animals like beavers!

Where to start:

Each time we visit the Blue Heron Reserve, we like to go inside of the interpretive centre to give a small donation, and say hello to the amazing volunteers that work so hard to keep the reserve protected and running. Also, if this is your first time to the reserve, ask for a map and some help with the trail loops, as there are many small trail loops offered. We like to give the kids their own map, and circle where we plan to go and all the exciting things like the “tower” that we plan to see.

The interpretive centre showcases all the different birds and animals throughout the reserve, so this is a great way to get the kids excited for your outdoor adventure. There is also a gift shop inside the interpretive centre, with all kinds of fun and educational toys and books for kids.

Bathrooms are inside the interpretive centre, so take advantage of a bathroom break and the donated coffee.

The lookout:

Right beside the interpretive centre is a lookout. My kids spend a lot of time here gazing at everything. We have been to the Blue Heron Reserve different times of the year, and no matter what the weather is like, its always beautiful.

Center Trail 0.5 km

The Centre Trail goes right through the Blue Heron Reserve. You can see the centre trail right from the parking lot; as it goes right over the bridge. This trail is the only trail that allows bicycle riders and dogs, to allow access to the dyke and trails along the river.

If you stay along this trail, you will go over the bridge and not long after, on your left hand side, you will see a lookout tower with a lot of stairs. This is a fun place to stop and walk to the top and  take in the views of the Blue Heron Reserve. The stairs are very grippy, so even on a rain day, its safe to walk up.

 

 

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After your done exploring the bridge, and the tower, get back onto the trail and walk approximately 5 more minutes and you will see a fun little lookout on your left hand side.

The little lookout point, usually marks the end for us on the Centre Trail, because we have used up quite a bit of time exploring rather than walking.

We start to walk back by simply turning around, and heading back towards the parking lot. If you plan to have a snack or a picnic, there are picnic tables to the left of the parking lot, which makes for a great way to end your little adventure at the Blue Heron Reserve.

 

Jellybean rating:

The Blue Heron Reserve, gets a 1/5. There are so many checkpoints that keep the kids engaged and interested the entire time. The reserve offers various trail options to explore and tons of educational opportunities. On days where we want to  get out and about, but don’t want to commit to a long hike, we head to the Blue Heron Reserve, and we are never disappointed.

Happy Birding! 🙂

Sheena xo

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