Photo walk at Pitt Lake Boat Launch

  • May 10, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Photo walk near Pitt Lake. There is a parking lot and boat launch near the end of Rannie Road, in Pitt Meadows were we can meet.

The walk is almost here and I wanted to update everyone on what to expect.

If you are driving from Vancouver on Hwy 1, take the exit for the Mary Hill By Pass - 7B and follow the signs for Maple Ridge. Once over the Pitt River bridge, you will take the first exit on your left (Harris Road)  It is about 17 km from the Pitt River Bridge.  Follow the signs for Pitt Lake or Swan-e-Set Golf Course.  Once you pass Swan-e-Set golf course, you are almost there.  Keep on driving another 2 km to the parking lot.  You can park on the road if the parking lot is full.  Parking is free.

The weather forecast shows showers for Saturday, but we all know that can change.  You may want to bring an umbrella, boots, coat, sunglasses etc...  The location has port-a-potties but nothing else and there is often some cell phone interruption.  Bring your camera, tripod, bottled water and comfortable walking shoes/boots. 

There are at least 3 different walking routes to take from this starting point.  The terrain in flat if you walk on the dykes.  If you walk on the path that starts in the wooded area, that trail can be muddy, rough and narrow.   The full trail is circular and 6 km long.  You can walk all the way around, or just walk as far as you want to and turn around and come back when you are tired. There are some benches along the dyke.

This location is great for taking pictures of landscapes, canoes, boats and birds.  There are 2 towers that you can climb to get another perspective for your shots.


I am looking forward to meeting all of you.


Carol and Brent (it was his idea)

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  • Trish

    Thanks to everyone who participated and many, many thanks to Carol and to Brent for organizing this springtime outing. By all accounts, in comments and the superb pictures posted, the weather held up, and a good time was had by all!

    May 18, 2014

  • Sheldon B.

    I took more pictures at Pitt lake 3 days after the meetup. Would it be OK to upload them here?

    May 15, 2014

    • Carol

      Hi Sheldon, I'm glad you enjoyed the area so much you went back again. This photo album is for pictures taken on the walk but you can post your pictures in the May Misc album. I would love to see them.

      May 16, 2014

  • Garry

    T R I P O D LOST!? (again) I found it "ULTRA POD II". Is there a reward for the 2nd find? G.

    May 13, 2014

    • Garry

      Bob; I'm in Port Moody. 72 Hett Creek Drive. I have a basket full of driftwood at the front door. I'll leave it in there, but knock on the door, I may be home. Garry[masked]

      May 13, 2014

    • Bob

      OK Gary, thanks very much. If I don't get e chance to get to Port Moody before the weekend, would you please take it in because I believe it will be raining. I will do my best to pick it up soon.

      May 13, 2014

  • Sheldon B.

    Beautiful Area, Great people and Ospreys.

    May 13, 2014

  • Connie T.

    Lovely experience. Lovely sky after the rain.

    May 11, 2014

  • Greg L.

    Yes, it was a nice afternoon. Nice to meet everyone, and nice to learn of this nice spot.

    May 11, 2014

  • Brent T.

    Thanks for the great afternoon everyone, it was a pleasure to meet you all!

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • eileen

      Love that photo

      May 11, 2014

  • Bob

    I enjoyed my afternoon. Although the weather didn't play nice for most of it, we managed to get some pretty great photography on the afternoon. Well done everyone.

    May 11, 2014

  • Chris W.

    It was great to meet everyone today. We'll have to get out again soon

    May 10, 2014

  • Chris W.

    It was great to meet everyone today. We'll have to get out again soon

    May 10, 2014

  • Carol

    Had a great time and glad to meet everyone who came out.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Imelda

    A good choice location. Looking forward for another tri-cities location :-)

    May 10, 2014

  • Martin T.

    always good to get out..mountain air..light was a bit dim..all was good

    May 10, 2014

  • eileen

    Is this event still on in the rain ?

    May 10, 2014

    • Carol

      Hi Eileen, yes rain or shine. Sun is coming out now.

      May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! This sounds really nice and I would really love to go. I live near Commercial Drive. Could anyone give me a lift?

    May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Greg. As you may have seen I have to cancel. I woke up not feeling to well. Thank you for the offer for a ride. Have fun!

      May 10, 2014

    • Greg L.

      Ok, no worries. I hope you feel better. See at another outing.

      May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the short notice but due to the weather and long drive to Pitt Lake I'm opting to stay home and keep working on my renovations!

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm afraid I have to change last minute too. I hope I will be able to attend next time.

    May 10, 2014

  • Darlene D.

    Regrets, but I am having medical issues at the moment and I won't be able to attend.

    May 10, 2014

  • Heather

    Sorry, Carol, I have a family emergency and cannot attend.

    May 10, 2014

  • Marlisse

    Sorry for the last minute change - we aren't able to make it after all :( I hope you all have a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing all your photos!

    May 10, 2014

  • Doris F.

    Most regrettably, I have to work tomorrow and will be missing this meetup. Have fun, everyone! Hoping that a future meetup might take place on a Sunday, as Saturdays might be unavailable for a while.

    May 10, 2014

  • Sheldon B.

    I am going from English Bay if anyone needs a lift.

    May 9, 2014

  • Martin T.

    I live near Edmonds sky train in south Burnaby..
    I have room in my SUV if anyone needs a lift out to the lake... I could easily pick you up at Edmonds Station.
    Marti [masked]

    May 9, 2014

  • Chris W.

    I can take 3 others with me and can pick them up at the Lougheed Skytrain station. My cell is[masked] if anyone needs a ride on Saturday

    May 8, 2014

  • Darlene D.

    I live in Maple Ridge, so if anyone needs a ridge from this area, I would be more than happy to pick them up. Car park fills up quite quickly there, especially on nice days

    April 12, 2014

    • Darlene D.

      Thanks Bob, that would be great!

      April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am going if I am done brunch with rhe girls in time. ..I am 224 st and 122 ave :)

      May 8, 2014

  • Doris F.

    Just signed up, sounds like another great outing. I will need a ride, please! I am on the west side but can meet at a convenient location.

    April 12, 2014

    • Greg L.

      Doris, I'll be driving there if you want a lift.

      May 7, 2014

  • Brent T.

    To add to Carol's note, I've enjoyed this area rain & shine so hope the weather doesn't deter anyone. In fact, the rain on the ponds and clouds / wisps along the hills & mountains can be very picturesque. Either way, we recommend leaving at least 15 minutes to park and walk to the picnic area (beside the parking lot) to meet and orient.

    Given our large numbers (50+) we need to split up so we're considering proposing four routes. Carol noted three but another option, for those with time and ability, is to partner up and car pool from the main lot back to Koerner Rd and leave the car(s) there so as to walk the dykes back to the main parking lot (start point), i.e. ~6 km / ~1.5 hours + time for pictures. The other partner would then need to drive partner(s) back to pick up the other car(s). I enjoy this 'trail' so would be happy to do this if anyone is interested.

    Many of you know these trails but we'll explain more at the start of the meetup. Looking forward to it.

    - Brent

    May 7, 2014

  • Darlene D.

    Forecast for Saturday is 12 degrees and light rain.

    May 5, 2014

  • Melody L.

    Hi guys! I wish you well on your trip to the Lake. It should be great. I wish I could come but not well enough at the moment. I truly wanted to meet some of the wonderful photographers. Maybe next time.

    May 5, 2014

  • Lorna S.

    Sorry I've had a change in plans and won't be able to come.

    May 5, 2014

  • Deb

    Unfortunately I won't be attending because of a change of babysitting obligations. Have fun everyone.

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I am new to this group, is there a chance I can car pool with someone?

    April 12, 2014

  • Melody L.

    On a few recent weekends the parking lot has been almost full by 2:00-noticed that as we were leaving- so it might be roadside parking for some.

    April 7, 2014

  • Darlene D.

    I live by 222 & Dewdney, if anyone wants a ride.

    March 30, 2014

  • Peter K.

    haven't come out for photoshoot with the group for quite a while. Shall look forward to this event and meeting everyone

    March 22, 2014

  • Bob

    A walk in my neighbourhood. Yes! I will be there.

    March 17, 2014

  • Trish

    Great idea, Carol! Thanks for posting. Is this the location? http://www.hostingbc.ca/content/pitt-lake-grant-narrows-regional-park

    March 7, 2014

    • Carol

      Hi Trish, Yes the second link from google maps is the right location. The first link has some information and the picture of the picnic area is exactly the meet up start point.

      March 9, 2014

    • Trish

      Super, thanks Carol! :)

      March 9, 2014

  • Garry

    I know the area well, and parking is "free".

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Connie T.

    Sounds like an exciting event!

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • David B.

    I'd usually jump at this chance but we are down in Florida warming up until Spring arrives in Vancouver. Have a good day!

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this photo outing. Currently my days off from work are Fri & Sat until mid April. If I still have Sat off in May I will there!

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Terry T

    Thanks for the idea. I will head down to Okanagan Lake and walk the new pier. from Kelowna

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No idea where this is.... But I'll find it.

    March 7, 2014

    • Neil L.

      Cross Pitt River Bridge, head north to Swaneset Golf Course but keep driving north to end of the road instead of the SGC. Even a descent bike ride!

      2 · March 7, 2014

  • Imelda

    Very close to home :-)

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Brent T.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 7, 2014

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