If you’ve been stuck in a Netflix-induced rut since celebrating Christmas, we’re here to shake up your winter routine! Sure, it can be tempting to snuggle up with a blanket and a piping hot cup of tea and spend these winter days indoors. But Surrey’s parks are patiently waiting to keep your adventurous spirit alive and thriving even when the temperature drops below freezing.
From discovering a new trail to admiring the change of season at your go-to Sunday evening stroll, bust out your best toque and layer-up, because we’re sharing our favourite winter walks in Surrey.
Serpentine Wildlife Management Area
4600 Block of King George Highway
The Serpentine Wildlife Management Area offers a 3.5-kilometre loop of flat terrain through an important wildlife preservation area. Located just off of Highway 99 and King George Boulevard, the park offers flat gravel trails for extra grip and a decreased risk of slipping on uneven or uphill terrain. The area is also home to an abundance of wildlife, especially in the winter months when non-migrating birds seek refuge in the Fen’s natural protection and abundant food supply.
Recommended Trail: Serpentine Fen Nature Trail
Tynehead Regional Park
17200 Block of 96 Avenue
If variety is the spice of life, Tynehead Regional Park would be the most flavourful dish you’ve ever tried, with an abundance of trails offering incredible sights and different terrain. For frosty walks, the Birch Grove Trail is ideal as it’s very flat, and since it’s a paved trail, it’s both stroller and wheelchair accessible. The Perimeter Trail is another paved trail that offers informative signs detailing the type of environment and habitat at Tynehead Park.
Recommended Trail: Birch Grove Trail
12160 Beecher Street
For those willing to brave a few gusts of wind off the Boundary Bay waters, the boardwalk at Crescent Beach is a beautiful winter stroll with incredible views of Mud Bay and beyond. Featuring 3 kilometres of flat, gravel terrain, incredible water views to the right, and adorable cottages to the left. Stop in at one of the quaint coffee shops on Beecher Street before your walk and pick up a nice warm cup of tea or coffee to keep your hands nice and toasty.
Recommended Trail: Crescent Beach Boardwalk
17900 20 Avenue
With a lush canopy of beautiful, towering trees that provide shelter from the West Coast’s winter weather, Redwood Park is possibly the most magical walk you can embark on in Surrey. Redwood Park’s trails span about 5 kilometres and weave through Redwood Park’s groves of magnificent Redwoods, meadows, and even a secret fairy garden. Redwood Park is a great place to bring the kids, and let their imaginations run wild at the replica tree house and playground.
Recommended Trail: Adventurer’s Loop
Green Timbers Urban Forest
14600 Block of 100 Avenue
Green Timbers is known as the birthplace of reforestation in British Columbia, making it a special park to visit no matter the season. With a whopping 10 kilometres of walking trails, Green Timbers Urban Forest also features a lake abundant with wildlife, making for incredible photo ops. Winter mist over the meadows and fog over the lake make for stunning scenery as you weave your way through the available 20 trails.
Recommended Trail: Salmon Berry, Yellow Arum, Douglas Fir & Hemlock Loop
Need to warm up after your wintry walk? Enjoy a soul-warming comfort food dinner (or lunch) at one of Surrey’s Spice Trail restaurants.