This oceanfront trail is a favourite of both birders and bikers.
The Brunswick Point Trail is a favourite of birders hoping to spot snowy owls, hawks, eagles, waterfowl, and plenty of LBBs (little brown birds).
Brunswick Point Trail
1. Brunswick Point Trail
Cyclists, birders and hikers share this wide, gravel path, which runs along the dike from the western tip of River Road in Ladner almost out to Deltaport Way. The 11 km path traces the shoreline, with salt marshlands on one side and farmland on the other, and dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.
Park in the designated parking areas at the end of River Road West. Improperly parked cars that block access to farmland, or make it difficult for large farm vehicles to navigate, are an issue in this area – so pay attention to the signs! From the parking area, walk up onto the dike, past the metal gate, and onto the gravel path.
You’ll walk for a couple of hours before you see an overpass with truck and train traffic – the metal gate just before it marks the end of your route. Turn around and retrace your steps back around Brunswick Point, returning to the metal gate where you began your walk.
2. Take a side trip to Westham Island
On your way back into Ladner Village, take a side trip to Westham Island for plants, fresh produce, berries, honey, and milkshakes at Emma Lea Farm (in season).
3. Explore the north end of Ladner Village
Back in the Village, explore the area in and around Chisholm and Delta Streets. Have lunch on the water at Speeds Neighbourhood Pub or Sharkey’s Seafood Bar and Grille. Afterwards, take some time to explore Dragonfly Antique and Salvage. The store is artfully packed with vintage finds that are a favourite of the film industry – and its neighbour, Heritage House Interiors, has a great selection of furniture and home decor items. Across the street you’ll find crafting, art supplies, and classes at Ladner Village Arts and Crafts.
If you head up Delta Street one block, you’ll find Camille’s Boutique and Gallery with fashion, giftware, and art from BC makers and artists. Just up from Camille’s, Angela’s Boutique has been a mainstay in Ladner since 1985, and she features popular brands like Billabong, Corksickle, and Herschel, along with rising brands like Native Northwest. And if you’re a dedicated bargain hunter, a visit to the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society Thrift Shop is a must, for that special find at just the right price. If you haven’t stopped for a bit yet, locals favour the soups, sandwiches and pastries at Localz Urban Café.
Before you leave the area, pop into West Coast Seeds on Elliot Street, it’s a haven for gardeners, with everything from seeds and tools, to bird feeders and home decor.