Parks & Facilities
Explore our community in ways you never thought possible. Broaden your knowledge of local opportunities to be active and how to safely experience the many outdoor adventures that await you. Explore our extensive dike system. Ride horses, walk, and cycle amidst the beautiful natural scenery the dikes present. The lands around the dikes are also habitat to abundant wildlife and many species of birds, making the dike system a favourite area for naturalists and bird-watchers.
Love to ride? Pitt Meadows strives to create a community that is bike-friendly. With bike lanes on many streets, bike lockups at several local businesses and annual or recurring cycling events, Pitt Meadows is a great place to get out and enjoy your bike.
Interested in BMX bike racing? Visit the Cottonwood BMX & Community Park.
Cyclists can get involved in advocacy, events or just make new friends in these organizations.
HUB: Your Cycling Connection.
The Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Chapter of HUB: Your Cycling Connection advocates for cycling-friendly amenities and events, and meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their blog.
Find out about the City's Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan.
The Experience Cycle (ECC) - AIK Riding Club is a great way to meet new athletes, share experiences and ride together as a group.
Race the Ridge is the Ridge Meadows areas premiere cycling event. Visit Local Rides' website for information about future events. Visit the website to find out how you can participate in Bike to Work Week, also sponsored by the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition.
Pitt Meadows is surrounded by water; the Fraser River to the south and connecting with the Pitt River at its junction. The City is also bisected by the two arms of the Alouette River, along with a number of other sloughs and waterways. Pitt Lake, on the City's northern boundary, is the largest tidal lake in North America. Therefore, boating is a popular activity in Pitt Meadows.
Pleasure Craft Operator Card
Every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada must obtain proof of competency. You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada accredited boating safety test. Getting your Operator Card proves that you are a competent boater and ensures that you understand Canada's navigation rules and how to boat safely.
Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat license or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam.
Visit www.boatsmartexam.com for more information.
The six-kilometre area provides countless opportunities to view wildlife and the wide variety of vegetation and plants in the marsh. The marsh and surrounding wetlands are reportedly home to more than 200 species of birds and waterfowl. There are two viewing platforms on the trail. A mountainside trail leads from the dike trail along the western slopes of the Malcolm Knapp UBC Research Forest.
Katzie Slough and Greenbelts
The greenbelt lands along the Katzie Slough are part of a planned Regional Greenways network. By saving the necessary riparian vegetation to protect a significant waterway, we provide a band of much needed wildlife habitat, at the same time ensuring connectedness from one large habitat block to another.
Pitt Polder Ecological Reserve
This reserve protects a granite outcrop surrounded by the typical marshes which once occupied most of this area. Mammals commonly seen include Black Bear, Black-Tailed Deer and various bats. A variety of waterfowl and songbirds occur here as well as an astounding array of plants, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates.
This waterway has heritage significance as a traditional Katzie First Nation site, and is also an important venue for boating, canoeing and angling.
Alouette Field Naturalists and local environmental organizations are listed in our Community Directory