Trail: Eagle loop Trail
Date Completed: March 8, 2019
Distance: Approximately 1km
Location: Ruby Creek, British Columbia
Distance from Van: 1 hr/ 35 min
Directions: Click here for Google Map
Ages of children: 2, 4
Stroller Friendly: Yes
Dog friendly: Yes
Cell Service: Not reliable- in and out of service
Time to Complete: 15 min on bikes
Jelly Bean Rating: 1/5
We are grateful to the Sq’ewá:lxw First Nations, for sharing their land with us, and creating beautiful opportunities to children and families.
If you are looking for a fun outdoor family outing that is free and includes: incredible wooden carvings by “local Sts’ailes artist, Claude ‘Rocky’ LaRock, a super rad playground, bike trails, viewing spots, walking trails, and picnic tables, then ‘Syéxw Chó:leqw’ Adventure Park is the place to visit.
The adventure park is located on the Lougheed Highway between Agassiz and Hope. After you pass the Sq’ewá:lxw First Nations office on your left- if coming West towards Hope, you will see the park quickly appear on your left. The grand opening for this park was Sep 2018. You don’t have to be an avid mountain biker or hiker to enjoy this park, there is SO much to do and explore for everyone.
The playground in and of itself, is an adventure. There is quite a variety of different play areas, with a specific designated area for younger kids. My 4 year old thinks the highlight at the playground is the “slider” he calls it. You know, where you grab on at one end and slide across to the other end; that thing. The “Slider” goes a pretty long ways, and you can actually sit on it and hold on, so super kid friendly and safe as it is not far from the ground in case your child falls off, which they could, but.. its not far from the ground.
While your at the playground, you can see the “pump track” bike ramp. This is a great spot to check out after the playground. Our 4 year old is by no means a mountain bike expert, but he braved the long down hill looking dock- aka- “pump track.” I am pretty certain this was made for kids, so if your looking for a spot where your kiddo can practice a good downhill incline and not get hurt, this is great spot. My husband did go on one end, while I hovered over the edges just incase my 4 year old did a side bail. All good, no injuries. If your kids achieve the pump track, chances are they will want more. From what we saw, there is not a ton of mountain biking jumps and ramps, at least not yet. When we were there it did appear that more was in the making.
The Eagle loop trail can be accessed from the playground, or from the pump track. The trail is a small loop that seemed less than 1km- we tracked it to be just under 1km. Signs are VERY visible, and so is the trail. There is a trail sign right beside the playground. We entered from the pump track, so initially were not too sure what trail we took until we came out by the park and noticed the trail said “Eagle Loop.”
The Eagle Loop trail leads to a viewing point., where you see a rockslide of boulders. In fact, in “Halq’eméylem, Syéxw Chó:leqw, means ‘rockslide in the forest”- Check out Kim Waker’s blog – teacher and blogger featured in Travel British Columbia; she does an amazing review on the Adventure park and includes important cultural concepts throughout. There is another viewing point accessed along the main gravel trail throughout the park- we never went to this one, but the map shows it is not too far.
Jelly Bean Rating:
We rate the Syéxw Chó:leqw’ Adventure Park, a 1/5. The park is easily accessible, can be enjoyed by all members of your family- dog included. The variety of things to see and do sparks interest and excitement for the entire family.
We are so grateful to the Sq’ewá:lxw First Nations for sharing their culture and land to children and families. Please remember to be respectful to this Adventure Park, and take good care when visiting. 🙂
Curious about the Syéxw Chó:leqw’ meaning? click here, to learn more about the Halq’eméylem translation of ‘rockslide in the forest,’ from Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation’s economic developer Mike Bellegarde.