routes described here are not necessarily ready for usage.
TCT signage usually indicates the official declaration of useable trail:
the signed trail may not be the final route.
not rely on the signs to find the route.
disappointment, plan ahead by using this website for updates.
required using these trails as they are being upgraded. Expect detours
where there is trail construction in progress..
Pedestrian/Cycling/Equestrian Trail (West to East)
(Also wheelchairs capable of using
unpaved paths and unafraid to use sides of roads)
Valley Trail (Future
Starting at Two Bit-Bar the
Trail will proceed through Glen Valley Park (Greater Vancouver Regional
Park System). Routing is being worked out to meet with the finished
Matsqui Trail in Douglas Taylor Park. In the meantime, the Trail will proceed as
Interim Connector Route to Douglas Taylor Park (Formerly Olund Park)
From 80th Avenue (Marsh
at the site of cranberry farming, proceed
south going uphill on Lefeuvre Road (Lefeuvre Road becomes Graham
Crescent) to McTavish Road (2.3 km). Go east on McTavish Road to
Satchell Street after crossing Bradner Road (1.6 km). Follow Satchell
South and as it turns sharply eastward it becomes Taylor Road (1.5 km).
Follow Taylor Road passing a cemetery and further along Mount Lehman
Elementary School at Mount Lehman Road (2.5 km). The Mount Lehman
Community Hall is on the northeast corner. Proceed south on Mount Lehman
Road to Burgess Avenue (0.75 km). Turn east on Burgess, cross a set of
railroad tracks to Olund Road --it looks like a private driveway or
lane-- (0.8 km). Follow this Road south until it becomes a trail (0.5
km). Take the first trail going eastward along Douglas Taylor Park on the Matsqui
This rural route is very
pleasant and peppered with hobby and professional farms. Mansion-like
residences can be seen from time to time.
Matsqui Trail (From
Olund Road) (Greater Vancouver Regional Park System)
this section of the Matsqui Trail all the way to the south Fraser
River dike (3 km) going over the Southern Railway tracks, then, further
along under the CNR tracks, past the
Matsqui First Nations Reserve, a member of the Stó:lö, to the west
bank of Mclennan Creek to Glenmore Road Trailhead. Proceed eastward
along the Matsqui Trail on the dike to Page Road at the base of Sumas
Mountain (10.5 km).
Mission Bridge is the Matsqui Trail Regional Park where there is an
excellent campsite and is the location of a red-roof TCT Trail Marker
overlooking the Fraser River. Supplies can be found a few blocks south
on Riverside Street in historic Matsqui Village. A trip over the Mission
Bridge will take the trekker to a new large shopping centre or in
historic Mission City. A little further along is the Hatzic Rock Site
where there is a Longhouse Interpretive Centre run by the
First Nations, Stó:lö member -- 35087 Lougheed Highway. Mission is
also the location for the end of the line of the West Coast Express
Commuter Train that can take one all the way back to Vancouver in the
morning and back again in the evening.
Clayburn Trail (19k)
From the end of the Matsqui
Trail, follow Page Road south for a very short distance (0.5) and cross
over the CNR tracks on Little Street to Gallagher Road (0.7). Follow
Gallagher Road west to Beharrell Road (1.4). Follow Beharrell Road (0.8)
making a short jog westward on Fore Road (0.2) and continue on Beharrell
Road crossing Harris Road to Hallert Road (1.6). Follow Hallert West to
Bell Road (1.6 km). Follow Bell Road south to Clayburn Road (1.6). Take Clayburn
Road to Wright St. in Clayburn Village and turn right to Bateman Rd.
For now follow Bateman Rd. to a park on your left. Take a road
through the park that becomes Davie Street, cross Donlyn Ave., then
Ascott Ave., then Laburnum Ave. and turn right on Immel St. and follow
it to a roundabout where you pick-up the Discovery Trail going east.
Clayburn Village is a quaint historical
village with one store/restaurant and a park where the Clayburn Brick Factory used to be. Note that many of the buildings
and homes were built out of Clayburn bricks.
Follow the Discovery Trail East to Lower Sumas Mt. Rd.
(5k) Turn left and follow Sumas Mt Rd. to
Atkinson road (2.3k) and follow it to a path going down a steep hill
next to the road to a parking lot (1.8k). Pick up the trail along Mackay
Creek to the next road (1.5k). Turn right an take the north dike
Sumas River Trail
the South Sumas River Dike east to Barrowtown . Just before Barrowtown,
it will be necessary to follow North Parallel Road.
(Note that Barrowtown is a pump station
controlling the levels of water in the Sumas River. This reminds us that
much of the reclaimed farmland south of here was once the huge Sumas
Sumas Vedder Trail
First, follow the Sumas
River Dike eastward to the Vedder Canal Dike. Follow the Vedder Canal
Dike by dipping under the Trans Canada Highway to the Keith Wilson
Bridge and cross over to Chilliwack.
Should the section under the Highway
be flooded, it will be necessary to go back to Number 3
Road along the North Parallel Road and work your way to the Keith Wilson
Bridge by following the signs to Chilliwack. If you are heading
west and you can see at Keith Wilson Bridge that the track along the
river below the dike is flooded head to Number 3 Road at the first
opportunity and go over the Highway overpass to the North Parallel Road.
Then backtrack going east until you see a Trans Canada Trail sign on
your left (north side of the road). This puts you back on the
Sumas River dike system.
|Interim Route to Matsqui Trail in
Douglas Taylor Park
- 272nd (Marsh McCormick)
to McTavish vis Leveubre and Graham - 3 km
- Graham along McTavish to Bradner - 0.8 km
- Bradner along McTavish to Satchell - 0.8 km
- McTavhish at Satchell to Taylor - 1.5 km
- Satchell to Mt. Lehman Rd. - 2.5 km
- Taylor at Mt Lehman Hall to Olund via Burgess - 2.3 km
- Olund to Glenmore Road - 3.5 km
Glenmore Road to the Mission Bridge - 3.5 km
Mission Bridge to
Kelleher St. - 2.0 km
Kelleher to Beharrell - 2.2 km
Beharrell to Page Rd. - 2.5 km.
- Page Rd. to Clayburn Village - 9 km
- Clayburn Village to Discovery Trail - 8 km
|Sumas Mt. Rd and Atkinson Rd.
|Sumas River Trail to Barrowtown
|Sumas-Vedder Trail (to Keith Wilson
The terrain is quite hilly from 80th
Avenue on Lefeuvre Road to the Glenmore Trailhead on the Matsqui Trail.
It is completely flat on the Matsqui, Sumas river and Vedder dikes. It
is also very flat for the cycling route from Glenmore Trailhead to
Straiton Road past Clayton Village. The change in elevation over the
Sumas Mountain is 650 metres (2150 ft.) and for the cycling route over
Sumas Upper Sumas Mountain Road is 300 metres (1000 ft.).
Facilities and Staging areas (Parking)
There are public washrooms at the
three staging areas along the Matsqui Trail -- Glenmore Rd. Trailhead,
Mission Bridge Picnic and camping site, and the Page Road Trailhead.
Washrooms are expected to be installed in Douglas Taylor Park another staging
area. And, there are washrooms and a picnic area at MacDonald Park on
the Sumas River Dike Trail at the end of Number 3 Road.
Other parking areas along
the Trail include: Clayburn Village, west end of the Sumas River Dike
Trail, Barrowtown Pump Station, and Keith Wilson Bridge.
Camping is available under the
Mission Bridge. For those on the cycling route, there is a campground at
Heritage Valley Resort 1.8 km further up Straiton Road past the Clayburn
Trail trailhead. For other camping opportunities click on the link
Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, other
In abundance in the Abbotsford area.
Shops and restaurants close to the Trail are at Matsqui Village from
under the Mission Bridge and Clayburn Village if on the cycling route.
The large shopping centre across the Mission Bridge is easily accessed.
City of Abbotsford
Edited by Léon Lebrun, Southwest Region Council Chair, Trails BC.
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