Regional Park - Port Moody
notes from Mom
The popular fishing wharf at Belcarra Regional Park
friend used to live in Belcarra. Every summer Brant would invite
us over for a barbecue. Heíd cook salmon while we counted the raccoons
nervy enough to come up to us for a bite. After dinner we never missed
our twilight walk to Belcarra Bay wharf. Thereíd always be something
going on: fisherman hauling in their crab traps, kids laughing in the adventure
playground, a few brave souls swimming in the bay. I always enjoyed
going to Belcarra. It was peaceful and very pretty. The drive
home, however, I could have lived without. It always seemed like
such a long way home. The fact that it was pitch black and Kelvin
was busy sawing logs in the passenger seat didnít help matters. Now
when we go to Belcarra things are different. We have three children
in tow and Kelvin always drives home.
Age group: All ages
Expense rating: Free
: Our family loves going to Belcarra Regional Park. Jen likes looking for pretty rocks along the shore and Nathe canít wait to drop his fishing line over the dock. Coleman could spend all afternoon in the playground. Heís especially dangerous now that heís figured out how to climb a ladder. Although I have seen people swimming in the water, Iím always leery of beaches with a dock and boats close by. If you want to swim, Sasamat Lake is only 5 minutes away, and by the way, also included in the 690-hectare park boundaries. As are numerous hiking and biking trails, which we havenít, to this date, explored.
Weíve also seen people kayaking and scuba diving off the shore. The water on the east side of Indian Arm is relatively calm and the shoreline goes in and out quite a bit, so itís perfect for these types of water sports
: As I mentioned earlier, from downtown Vancouver, itís at least a 45-minute drive to Belcarra. This usually isnít a problem on the way there when everyone is fresh; the drive home, however, can be another matter.
Details:Belcarra Regional Park is a 690 hectare park located on the east side of Indian Arm inlet, near Port Moody.
To get Belcarra Regional Park go east through Port Moody (St. John's Street.), and just as you leave Port Moody turn left on to Ioco Road. Follow the signs along Ioco Road. For more information call (604) 432-6359. Website: www.belcarra.ca, www.gvrd.bc.ca
Area: Port Moody
Season: All seasons
Educational highlights: Did you know Belcarra is rich in Indian folklore? The picnic area by the wharf was home for two Coast Salish Indian villages 3,000 years ago. No less than three archeological sites have been discovered long Belcarraís shoreline. No wonder people are always beachcombing. Nathe has his hopes on finding an arrowhead one day, but so far all heís found is driftwood with a point on it.
Fun for the adult?: My husband and I always have fun at Belcarra. For one thing, it brings back fond memories, and for another, the kids never want to leave. I canít wait to try some of the hiking trails; places like Bedwell Bay, Maple Beach, Admiralty Point, and Whisky Cove still await us.
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