Shell Road Recreational Trail / Garden City Greenway
Shell Road Recreational Trail
This 3.6km long interior recreational trail runs north/south along the Shell Road corridor from Alderbridge Way to Athabasca Drive, north of Williams Road. With its distinctly rural feel with tall trees and shrubs lining both sides of it, this is a unique trail experience in an urban city centre.
Note: Tree failure can naturally occur especially during wind storms and inclement weather. It is recommended that users exercise caution while enjoying the trail and watch for falling trees and/or branches.
The Shell Road Recreational Trail is considered a Dogs Off-Leash area. See Dogs Off-Leash Areas for more information.
Garden City Greenway
This greenway is one of the major mid-island routes that links to many important destinations within the city, including community parks, schools, the City Centre and other major cycling routes and greenways. It will also form a key link in the necklace of green spaces that define and strengthen the perimeter edge and entrances in the City Centre.
The existing 1.2 km section from Francis Road to Ryan Road joins a shared bicycle/trail path and into South Arm Park along a beautiful treed canal. Other sections of the trail will be constructed as major development occur in the City Centre area north of Granville Avenue.
Points of Interest:
Minoru Community Park
This park is home to the city's major cultural and sports facilities and is currently undergoing some significant changes including a new sports complex and new multi-use facility development. Visit the Minoru Parks page for the latest updates and information.
Paulik Neighbourhood Park
This jewel in the "green necklace" of City Centre is nestled in an area that has recently undergone a lot of development. This small park provides a beautiful oasis for nearby townhome residents and includes such amenities as an ornamental garden, trails through a heritage woodlot and community gardens. Visit the Paulik Park page for more information.
Garden City Park Play Environment and Bike Terrain Park
This "go to" destination is perfect for families with children three years and older. From traditional slides, climbing nets and swings to natural play elements, this play environment is designed for children of all ages to express their creativity and participate in physical activity in a social atmosphere. Visit the Garden City Park page to learn more about this award-winning play space.
The Bike Terrain Park was officially opened in Garden City Park in early Fall 2014 after being relocated from its temporary site near No. 2 Road Pier. Located in the south-west corner of Garden City Park, this terrain park has jumps, ramps and obstacles suitable for bike riders of all ages and skill levels. Visit the Bike Terrain Park page for more information about this unique park feature.
Richmond Nature Park and Nature Park East
This park is centrally located in Richmond and is easily accessed using the interior Shell Road Recreational Trail and Westminster Highway. Open year round, the Nature Park has 100+ acres of bog forest and offers an interpretive centre, walking trails, a short boardwalk trail suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, unique bog vegetation, observation areas for birds and animals, a picnic area, parking and public washrooms. Visit Richmond Nature Park for more information.