Sea Island / Middle Arm
The Middle Arm Recreational Trail, between No. 2 Road Bridge and one block east of Lynas Lane, has periodic closures while the new No. 2 Road pump station is under construction. Exercise caution when using this section of the Trail.
This 25 km route is both a driving and cycling route. Known as the the home of the Vancouver International Airport, Sea Island is also home to some significant natural areas. On this drive, take in the excellent airplane viewing spots, old agricultural fields that are now protected natural areas, a small boat launch area along the river, and a regional park with incredible views in many directions. This is a great bird-watching route so be sure to bring a camera or binoculars for viewing. The cycling route uses a combination of on-street bike lanes, off-street pathways and low-volume local roads. Cycle this route in approximately 85 minutes, but with extra time, add another 4 km each way and bike the jetty at Iona Beach Regional Park. On the jetty, watch for feeding eagles, herons and spectacular views of the Coastal and North Shore mountains.
Printable Route Map - Scenic Route No. 4
Points of Interest
Flight Path Park
This popular plane watching location includes site art reflecting airport activities, picnic tables, a children's play area and parking.
McDonald Beach Park
This park includes a boat launch, informal trails along the river and views of the river's working boats and activities. Picnic tables, barbeques, washrooms and parking are available.
Note: There is no swimming permitted in this area due to strong currents and heavy use of the waterway by commercial vessels.
Note: A section of this area is also designated "Dogs Off-Leash", so it's important to respect the signed bylaw regulations regarding leashing/unleashing of dogs.
See Dogs Off-Leash Areas for more information.
Iona Beach Regional Park
This park features a unique, publicly accessible 4 km jetty for walking and cycling that extends into the Strait of Georgia and offers an excellent birding area, with long sandy beaches. Picnic tables, washrooms and parking are available.
Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway
The greenway includes mature oak trees providing a beautiful backdrop to this urban waterfront and linear park with plazas, piers, accessible play environments, washroom facility and an amphitheatre. At the west end of this greenway, a public art piece was installed in 2002 along with a viewing platform and waterfall incorporated into the Hollybridge Pumpstation. Visit the Middle Arm Waterfront Park page for more information.
Richmond Olympic Oval
This breathtaking venue officially opened in December 2008 on the banks of the Fraser River and is a hallmark of sustainability, accessibility and world-class sportsmanship. It is an international gathering place for wellness and sports excellence. Visit the Richmond Olympic Oval page for more information about this exciting sports and recreation facility.
This beach offers views from the platform near the end of Lynas Lane to observe the busy seaplane harbour, marsh habitat, large willow trees and Swishwash Island. The Skateboard Park is located across the street with and parking.