Posted by: Anne Murray | September 17, 2010

Pitt Lake

Pitt Lake is a large tidal inlet on the north shore of the Lower Mainland, in the traditional territory of the Katzie. The looming mountains that surround it give it a real wilderness feel, although the lake and marshes are within a short drive of the Lougheed Highway and the new Golden Ears bridge across the Fraser River.

Pitt Lake in June

It is a good location for birding. The polders, dyked ponds lying south of the lake, have numerous resident Wood Duck, Mallard, and other wetland birds, such as Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Pied-billed Grebe and Belted Kingfisher. Bullock’s Oriole, Swainson’s Thrush, Willow Flycatcher and Eastern Kingbird are here in the summer and can be seen in season from the Nature Trail along the south end of the Polder.  Sandhill Cranes nest in more remote areas of the marshes.

At this time of year, the summer birds have left but winter ones are arriving, including big flocks of waterfowl and geese. It is a lovely place for a late summer, early fall walk. Access to Grant Narrows Regional Park is via Harris Road off the Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. Follow signs to the park as the route twists and turns through farmland. Walking trails and canoe routes start from the car park.

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