****Updated Time... I need to move this forward by 30 minutes to 10:00 am due to a family coordination issue.. hope this time still works for everyone. ****
The Georgia Strait once called Colony Farms a "hidden oasis". It has level biking trails, wildlife, a charming community garden full of swallows and hummingbirds - it has it all. On first sight, all that greets the eye is a wide swath of fallow farmland on the south side of Lougheed Highway, just east of the Port Mann Bridge. Classified as “old field”, the former cow pasture and cropland was left to go wild when the provincially owned farm, once part of Riverview Hospital, closed in 1983. Although the property doesn't jump out at you, the land is of special importance to wildlife, particularly birds such as the colourful lazuli buntings, Bullock's orioles, and black-headed grosbeaks that nest here. It also has the most charming community garden, full of whimsical garden delights, flowers and vegetables.
We will meet at the parking lot near the Community Gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road. We will spend some time exploring the gardens first then I would suggest we do the Garden Trail/Home Farm Dyke Trail/Mundy Creek Trail/Colony Farm Road trail, which is about a 4 km loop, so bring good walking shoes.
We'll see you then!