The 12th Avenue Dyke Trail is a favourite among locals and can be accessed from a small parking lot at the corner of 12th Avenue and Beach Grove Road or at Centennial Beach. Although the trail is a part of Boundary Bay Regional Park, it’s so popular with residents that it’s worth a mention all its own.
There is one main, gravel trail which runs beside the beach. The round-trip trek is about four kilometres, so it’s a relatively easy distance for families. Along the way, there are two viewing platforms where you can get a better view of the water, mountains and cities in the distance. On a clear day you’ll even see snow-capped Mount Baker in all its glory. But, if you want to explore a little bit, you can easily venture off to the Dune Trail, Savannah Trail or Raptor Trail. Each of these trails offers the off-the-beaten path experience past wetlands and desert-like shrubs.
It’s important to know that this area is a protected nature reserve and home of many species of birds, including eagles, ducks, blue heron and more. So please tread with care and stay on the designated pathways.