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SURREY

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

The city of Surrey is bordered on the; North, by the waters of the Fraser River, East, by the Corporation of Delta, South, by the City of White Rock and the 49th Parallel, and West, by the Township of Langley.

The following are some pictures I have taken within the city of Surrey.

SURREY ATTRACTIONS

GREEN TIMBER
URBAN FOREST

GREEN TIMBERS URBAN FOREST

The parking lot is located South (off) of 100th Ave. at approximately 145th St.

After passing through the gate at the South end of the parking lot you will find a welcome kiosk.

South of the kiosk are three trails.

To the left, Douglas Fir Trail goes East, parallel to 100th Ave., and terminates at 148th St.

Willow Trail, the center path, meanders South between an open field and Green Timbers Lake and joins Cedar Trail at the South East corner of the lake.

I am not sure weather it terminates at this point or continues on to 96th Ave. which forms the Southern boundary of the park.

The trail to the right is, I believe, Birch trail and, roughly, parallels Willow trail but on the West side of the lake, ending at, either; Cedar, Willow, or 96th ave.


THE TRAIL TO THE RIGHT CROSSES A SMALL BRIDGE

BIRCH TRAIL


FURTHER SOUTH THERE IS A SMALL REST AREA OVERLOOKING A MARSH

FEMALE MALLARD

I'M WATCHING YOU, WATCHING ME

Between the marsh and the lake there is a cross trail that connects Birch Trail and Willow Trail.


A SMALL DAM CREATES THE POND IN THE MARSH

GREEN TIMBERS LAKE

CYCLISTS, DOG WALKERS, FISHERMEN, JOGGERS, NATURISTS,
PHOTOGRAPHERS, STROLLERS - MANY PEOPLE
FOR MANY REASONS, ENJOY THIS URBAN FOREST

BIRCH TRAIL CONTINUES SOUTH

For many years the area was used by the B. C. Forest Service as a headquarters, and a farm, where they raised trees to replant areas, of B. C., that had been devastated by forest fires.

Now the area is shared by the Urban Park and the police, who have a large office building.

This sign tells of one of the first trees planted here by the forest Service and contains an actual cross section of said tree.

THE SIGN READS:

STEWART’S TREE

MARCH 15, 1930 – DECEMBER 19, 1998

This is a cross section of a Douglas Fir tree.

It grew from a seedling shipped from the Shelbourne Street Nursery in Victoria for the purpose of starting a tree nursery in Green Timbers.

It was planted by Edward Walmsley, Federal Crown Timber Agent, on behalf of the Honourable Charles Stewert, one time Premier of Alberta and member of Prime Minister Mackenzie King’s cabinet.

The tree was planted in the Green Timbers Inaugural Plantation which is located in the south east part of the forest nursery area.

A 68 YEAR DIARY

A tree’s rings plot much more than each year it has grown.

They reveal the type of spring and summer, temperature, rainfall, and amount of sunlight for every year that it has stood.

They can even make note of a fellow tree that has fallen, or of a forest fire that has singed it’s bark.

Stewert’s tree stood for over half a century, and lived through many historical events.

It has kept it’s own detailed record of history, displaying large rings for the first 30 years or so, and thereafter, slower growth at a fairly uniform rate.

Damage on one side indicates a possible mishap during weeding.

It was blown down during a severe storm in the winter of 1998.

DATES OF SIGNIFICANCE

  • 1939 – 1943 - 2nd World War

  • 1950 – 1953 - Korean Conflict

  • 1990 – 60th commerative planting at Green Timbers

  • 1993 – Surrey’s Incorporation as a city

  • 1996 – Land donated to build Douglas College

  • 1970 – Land donated for the Child Development Centre

  • 1984 – 100th Ave. was cut through

  • 1997 – Green Timbers Lake constructed

    (Authors Note: Spelling is a direct copy of the sign)

    THE SIGN READS:

    On the way to the Surrey Nature Centre

    Follow this short trail to a new feature in Green Timbers.

    The new Surrey Nature Centre will allow you and your family to learn more about Green Timbers and to connect with nature in the city.

    Join us for educational programs and special events, or simply wander over to explore the birthplace of reforestation in BC.

    Actual distance from `You are here’ to Surrey Nature centre approx. 500 metres

    There are many opportunities to explore at the Surrey Nature Centre:

  • Guided nature walks

  • Historic arboretum

  • Curriculum-based school programs

  • Nature discovery day camps

  • Heritage museum exhibit

  • Programs & events for the whole family

    For more information : 604-588-6825

    (Authors Note: Spelling is a direct copy of the sign)


    BIRCH TRAIL CONTINUES SOUTH TO 96TH AVE.

    A SIDE TRAIL GOES WEST

    THE SIDE TRAIL SPLITS
    THE NORTHERN BRANCH LEADS
    TO THE NEW POLICE CENTRE

    R. C. M. P. CENTRE

    WILLOW TRAIL


    A VIEW OF THE MEADOWS FROM A CENTER TRAIL

    A VIEW OF THE MEADOWS FROM WILLOW TRAIL

    A VIEW FROM THE NORTH EAST CORNER OF THE MARSH

    A VIEW FROM THE NORTH EAST CORNER OF THE LAKE

    MALLARD DUCKS

    WILLOW TRAIL

    MALE HUMANS AMONGST CATTAILS

    A MALE MALLARD AMONGST DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS

    THE SIGN READS:

    A Place for Nature & People

    Tips for exploring – and protecting – this special place

    Fishing is a great activity for all ages.

    The lake is stocked so there’s always a chance to catch the big one!

    Just remember a few things that help keep fishing fun for all:

  • A valid BC Provincial fishing license is required for all anglers aged 16 and older.

  • Don’t go in the water or let your dog go in.

  • Make sure you clean up after yourself: discarded fish hooks, lines and other gear can be hazardous to both wildlife and people.

  • Be careful casting over the trail – watch out for other park users who may be walking behind you.

  • Recommended catch limit = 2 fish per day.

    Good Dog!

  • Dogs can’t help being dogs – but their amazing noses and love of chasing can get them into trouble!

  • That’s why leashes are the best way for pets to get their exercise without disturbing wildlife, people or the environment.

  • Please keep your dog on the trails and, of course, clean up after them.

    Yes, wildlife are very cute..

    But PLEASE don’t feed them!!!

    You may think that feeding wildlife helps them survive but:

  • Human food is bad for them – it is not nutritionally adequate and may cause disease.

  • They may become dependant on us – what happens when the people go away?

  • Uneaten food many attract rats.

  • Birds may not migrate which may lead to crowding and diseases.

  • Wildlife may lose their fear of people which can lead to risks for both animals and humans.


    CEDAR TRAIL
    THE END OF WILLOW TRAIL

    CEDAR TRAIL STARTS AT BIRCH TRAIL
    AND GOES EAST TO 148th ST.

    LOOKING NORTH FROM CEDAR TRAIL
    BIRCH TRAIL CROSSES A SMALL BRIDGE
    THE OUTLET FOR GREEN TIMBERS LAKE

    LOOKING SOUTH
    BIRCH TRAIL CONTINUES, A FEW MORE FEET TO 96th AVE.

    HOWEVER, THE SIGN AT 96th AVE. LABELS IT WILLOW TRAIL

    VIEW FROM CEDAR TRAIL


    LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS THE MAIN ENTRANCE

    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

    NOT A GREBE

    FEMALE BUFFLEHEAD

    WHIRLY BIRD (R. C. M. P.)

    THIS FLY FISHERMAN USES A ROLLING CAST

    SO HIS HOOK DOESN'T GO OVER THE TRAIL BEHIND HIM

    A POPULAR FISHING AREA

    A HAPPY FISHERMAN (23")

    MY THANKS TO

    GEORGE C.

    B. C. FIELD
    ORNITHOLOGISTS
    SHANNON C.

    SURREY NATURE CENTRE

    NORTH OF 100 AVE.

    North of 100 Ave. is an inverted `T' shape of property that is also part of the Green Timbers Urban Forest.

    Between 100 and 101 Ave. and 144 and 148 St. and between 101 and 102A Ave. and 145 and 146 St. there are several more trails that offer a very pleasant forest experience.

    END

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