Apr 3

9 Outdoor Spring Experiences to Awaken Your Sense of Adventure

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April is the first full month of Spring when the world comes roaring to life in vibrant colour and fresh air, and one of the best places to awaken your sense of splendour is right here in The Fraser Valley. As the days get a little longer and a little warmer around here, there’s delightfully even more time for outdoor adventure like nowhere else on Earth. Here’s just a taste of the many experiences you can visit in The Valley this April. As always, we encourage you to be responsible as you explore, so we can keep our nature accessible for many seasons to come. 

Langley

1. Raptors Knoll Disc Golf Park

Have you caught on to the disc golf craze yet? A great way to see what all the well-deserved hype is about is at one of the top-rated disc golf courses in the world at Raptors Knoll at Jackman Wetlands Park in the Township of Langley. Enjoy a spirited, competitive stroll through 40 acres of green forest and open areas with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains. Each hole has multiple tee pads and basket locations at different distances for all ages and skill levels to find their game and have fun.

2. Langley 204 Horseback Riding

For two decades, this charming and cherished local riding stable has been family-owned and operated in South Langley. Family fun and safety go hand in hand at Langley 204, where experienced guides ensure every rider, no matter their skill level, gets to enjoy the thrill and freedom of horseback riding. Trail rides, lessons and pony rides for the little ones all take advantage of the breathtaking Campbell Valley Park directly across from the stables!

3. The Redwoods Golf Course

Right on the edge of picturesque Fort Langley is some of the most scenic golf you’ll find in all of British Columbia! Redwoods truly has you all need for a full day on the links, featuring a covered and heated driving range, practice bunker, chipping and putting practice greens, lessons for children and adults, a restaurant with an outdoor patio, and banquet facilities. You may even catch some love in the air when it doubles as a beautiful outdoor wedding venue. Besides regular tee times, Redwoods offers special packages like Date Night at the Range and Kids Golf Free afternoons.

Mission

4. Rolley Lake Provincial Park

A short detour off Lougheed Highway near Mission brings you deep into the beauty of a West Coast forest, without the long travel times. The entire park is mostly flat and full of kid-friendly hiking trails under tall second-growth fir trees that surround a small warm-water lake excellent for swimming, fishing or canoeing—or all three! Keep an eye out for Douglas squirrels, blacktail deer, and the pileated woodpecker!

5. Bear & Red Mountain Trails

The Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association has worked hard over the years to build and maintain this sister trail network in Mission. Both seasoned trail shredders and riders just getting started will find something to set their feet flying and their heart racing over a wide variety of bike trails, from a kids’ skills area to the ultimate downhill thrill of the trail dubbed Defibrillator. 

6. Cedar Ridge Golf Course

Tough enough to challenge the experienced golfer but forgiving enough to bring the kids, Cedar Ridge offers a beautiful day on the golf course with a backdrop of mountain views beyond the tree-lined fairways. Though it’s a par-3 course, it features enough water hazards and sand traps to keep you on your toes. After a rousing round, head to The Ridge Grill, their fully licensed restaurant featuring fresh, just-like-homemade favourites.

Hope, Cascades, and Canyons

7. Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park

The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park, just off the Lougheed Highway near Hope is a truly unique West Coast wilderness experience for the whole family. The park is an enchanted forest containing 4 kilometres of walking and cycling trails, a bike skills park, platforms to view the nearby Fraser River and even a 90,000-square-foot playground! Most magical is the many murals and wood sculptures decorating the park. It was built and is maintained by the Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation who have utilized this land since time immemorial.

8. Thacker Regional Park (Kawkawa Lake)

Thacker Regional Park between the Coquihalla River and Kawkawa Lake in Hope is 11 hectares of nature’s sanctuary. It features a marsh habitat with excellent birdwatching and wildlife, as well as 11 hectares of easy walking trails and contains a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail. A main attraction at the park is the spawning and rearing channels for coho, pink and chum salmon!

9. Silver Lake

This pristine and scenic Provincial Park sits on a largely untouched lakefront where you can enjoy fishing, picnicking, and boating against a spectacular mountain backdrop. For those looking for full immersion in Mother Nature, rustic campgrounds are available to rent from BC Parks. Silver Lake itself, especially in the mornings on a clear day, is calm and reflects the surrounding mountains perfectly in its still waters. Take in the spectacular lake views on a stroll through the trees on an easy-to-follow trail that runs along its side.