The beautiful Chilliwack Vedder River Greenway Trail attracts both locals and tourists, providing year-round recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a bike ride down the 20km path that meanders through lush forests and verdant meadows along the picturesque Vedder River.
There are many different access points, as well as four parking lots along the Chilliwack Vedder River trail - Vedder Park, Peach Park, Lickman Vedder River Parking, and Browne Creek Wetlands. The trail is well-maintained and offers a relatively easy terrain, making it accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels. In the summer, you can enjoy outdoor events at Vedder Park and savour treats from the many food trucks along the route. Locals also enjoy tubing down the river when the flow isn't too high, and having bonfires in the evenings. Here are some of the highlights and activities you can enjoy while exploring the Vedder River trail:
Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding
Lace up your hiking boots or book your bike rental and embark on an adventure. The main gravel trail takes you through stunning landscapes with panoramic views of the river, towering trees, and charming bridges, with many side trails leading to other points of interest. You can stop for a break at numerous picnic spots along the trail. Horses are allowed, so you will occasionally see equestrians riding along the trail on horseback.
Wildlife Spotting at the Blue Heron Nature Reserve
The Vedder River Rotary Trail is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, where you can spot various bird species, including eagles, bats and ducks. Along the trail, you will also come across the Blue Heron Nature Reserve, where you can see lots of herons during mating season, explore trails and take in stunning landscape views. You might also encounter squirrels, deer, and other small mammals along the way. Remember to bring your binoculars and camera.
Fishing and Salmon Spawning Viewing
The Vedder River is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities. It serves as a habitat for a diverse range of salmon species, including the chinook, coho, and chum, making it a popular destination for anglers. During the fishing season, the riverbanks are adorned with fishermen who are immersed knee-deep in the pursuit of their catch.
Embarking on the Peach Creek Trail presents an immersive experience where displays guide you through the various stages of salmon spawning. During the autumn season, a spectacle awaits as you witness the awe-inspiring salmon run.
If you're a photography enthusiast, you'll be spoiled for choice on the Vedder River Rotary Trail. The ever-changing vistas, the play of light through the trees, and the river's reflections create a picturesque backdrop for capturing stunning photographs. From macro shots of delicate wildflowers to sweeping landscape panoramas, the trail provides endless opportunities to unleash your creativity.
Leashed dogs are welcome along all areas of the trail. The Vedder Park access point offers the convenience of two dog parks, catering to both small and large breeds. At the Lickman access point, you can also find a leash free trail with a vast landscape that you can enjoy with your pet.
Whether you're seeking adventure, tranquility, or a chance to connect with wildlife, this trail has it all. From scenic hiking and wildlife spotting to fishing and cycling, the possibilities for outdoor enjoyment are endless. So, lace up your boots, grab your bike rental, and embark on a remarkable journey along the Chilliwack Vedder River Greenway Trail.