Walk / Run / Hike
Active Community Walking Campaign
Our goal is to increase the active participation of Maple Ridge residents through walking which is an excellent way to adopt an active lifestyle. It's free, easy and fits any schedule. Make walking a part of your every day. In addition to the benefits you will receive from being physically active, you can enjoy the exceptional scenic outdoor trails, paths, dykes and park lands in our communities. Be sure to check out the walking and running groups in our community.
Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club
Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the great outdoors. Activities are planned to accommodate a variety of fitness and experience levels. Everything from hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, rock climbing, canoeing or river rafting is offered. For more information, please call 604-467-7948 or email Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club.
Trails & Outdoor Recreation
You can increase your commitment to walking a greater distance by:
- planning errands that involve walking
- visiting a trail or park that you have not been to before
- scheduling a walk with a friend
- using a pedometer to measure your steps and increase your motivation
- recording your success in a walking journal
- joining an existing walking club, or starting your own walking group
Maple Ridge is blessed with an abundance of areas where people can head for light to moderate hikes.
- The University of British Columbia (UBC) Research Forest offers trails varying in length from 2.5 kilometers (km) to 7 km. Hikers can see some of the biggest cedar and Douglas fir trees in the area and look out over the Fraser Valley from a number of viewpoints.
- The dyke system is a year-round source of pleasure for walkers. This network of dykes, set up to protect low-lying areas from flooding, also serves a recreational purpose. Most of the dykes meander alongside the Pitt and Alouette rivers, as well as the Fraser River.
- Kanaka Creek Regional Park, at Lougheed Highway and River Road, offers walks along the Fraser River and is also excellent for short runs. Further upstream, at 252 Street and 116 Avenue, there are trails that follow Kanaka Creek.
- Some of the most popular trails in Golden Ears Park are the lower and upper waterfall trails in the east canyon. The park is accessed via Fern Crescent off 232 Street. The trails are located on the east side of Gold Creek. The lower falls hike is estimated at about three-quarters of an hour each way while the upper falls trip is about one and a half hours each way.
- Alder Flats in Golden Ears Park is accessed from the west canyon trail parking lot. The trail travels through alder trees, across Evans Creek and to a wilderness campsite. From there, hikers can follow an old logging road towards Panorama Ridge. There is a large open area that provides a magnificent view of Edge Peak and the Golden Ears. The hike is estimated at two and a half hours each way.