Parks & Trails
Formerly the Department of National Defense's ‘Wet Gap Training Area’, the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is 130 hectare site managed by the City of Chilliwack.
The un-dyked floodplain habitat is home to over ninety Great Blue Heron nests and a wide variety of rare wildlife and vegetation. Inside the Rotary Interpretive Centre, the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society runs a variety of programs, services and informative displays including an online, web-based Heron Camera that allows visitors a glimpse into the activity of a Great Blue Heron nest.
To respect the natural ecosystems within the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, cyclists and dog walkers need to restrict their activities to the main Centre Trail only. Thank you for your cooperation.
The 3 kilometres of internal trails connect with the Vedder North Dyke Trail to the north and the Vedder Rotary Trail to the south.
- Centre Trail: 0.5km easy – wide gravel trail
- Heron Colony Loop: 1.2km easy – gravel trail
- Tower Trail: 0.7km easy – gravel, woodchip & boardwalk trail
- Salwein Creek Trail: 0.5km easy – gravel trail
For more information on this unique and beautiful part of Chilliwack, visit the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve website.
Rotary Interpretive Centre: 604-823-6603
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The City of Chilliwack has partnered with a number of local organizations and non-profit groups to develop an Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Trail program. Groups volunteer their time to cleanup parks and trails in Chilliwack, to keep the community looking its best!
Created as a supporting document to Chilliwack's Official Community Plan (OCP) the Greenspace Plan and supplementary Trail Network Plan sets out the City's goals and visions for developing new parks and trails over the coming decades.
The City of Chilliwack has over 100 parks and natural areas which together make up over 400 hectares of green space.
With the changing weather these days, it’s easy to check the status of Sports Fields online.