Burns Bog Trail
The Boardwalk in the Delta Nature Reserve
Visit Burns Bog!
If you want to visit Burns Bog on your own you are welcome to walk the scenic boardwalk paths of the Delta Nature Reserve.
You can reach the Delta Nature Reserve by car, transit and bike. It is open 365 days a year. Park at 10388 Nordel Court, the parking lot of Planet Ice, in Delta. You can walk, bike, or use your wheelchair on the 2km wooden boardwalk trail.
Dogs are allowed on the trail. Keep them on leash- it’s safer and some of the rare plants are smaller than a dogs paw, so please keep your dogs on the boardwalk. Remember to pick up after them. We often take school-groups through and, fun as it is to explain the different types of fungus growing on dog poop, we’d rather not have to clean it up. Thanks!
The Delta Nature Reserve can be tricky to find, but it’s well worth the effort when you get there. Please follow the directions on the map below:
DID YOU KNOW?
The Delta Nature Reserve was successfully set aside as an outdoor classroom in the early 1970s thanks to the Burns Bog Protection Society and the Corporation of Delta. The Burns Bog Protection Society created paths through the Delta Nature Reserve. After a few years the Society disbanded and the pathways in the Delta Nature Reserve became overgrown.
Gordon Smith a former Burns Bog Conservation Society board member and a Metro Vancouver Regional Parks (formerly GVRD Parks) Park Planner, decided that the Burns Bog Conservation Society should take on the re-opening of the pathways in the Delta Nature Reserve. He worked with the Corporation of Delta’s Parks Board to develop a plan. Gordon fundraised for signage, native plants and cement bags to shore up the pathway from the end of Monroe Drive. This was the original entrance to the Delta Nature Reserve. The challenge was that you had to cross over the Burlington Northern Railway tracks and over the Lower Cougar Canyon Creek. Fortunately, the Society has a collaborative relationship with Planet Ice. This allows people the opportunity to enter the Delta Nature Reserve safely.
Sadly, Gordon Smith passed away several years ago. His colleagues at Metro Vancouver, family and friends set up the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Fund administered by the Pacific Parklands Foundation to offer a bursary for young people in his name. Gordon is missed by the Society and his Metro Vancouver Regional Parks colleagues. Gordon was passionate about stream and wetland conservation in Aldergrove and in Delta. His home in Delta overlooked the Delta Nature Reserve.
Based on Gordon Smith’s vision for the Delta Nature Reserve, the Burns Bog Conservation Society, continued to re-open the pathways in the Delta Nature Reserve so that more people could enjoy the Delta Nature Reserve. The Society started replacing the bark mulch with raised boardwalks. It used plans for the boardwalk that had been used in another park.
Since 1994 the Burns Bog Conservation Society has built over 5km of raised boardwalk in the Delta Nature Reserve. This was with the help of sponsors too numerous to name and amazing volunteers too numerous to name for fear of forgetting one. People with wheelchairs, parents with strollers, joggers, walkers and people out for an afternoon stroll have benefited from Gordon Smith’s dream.
On February 7, 2017, the Corporation of Delta contacted the Burns Bog Conservation Society and stated that it would be taking over the maintenance of the boardwalk.
Our volunteers can report any damage of the boardwalk to the following:
· Sam Abulail (Parks Foreman) 604-952-3461
A special “thank you” to you everyday walkers who take the time to pick up garbage and dog poop and place it in the garbage bins. You are unsung heroes.
Eliza Olson, LLD., B.Ed.