This area of the Sumas Flats was constructed as part of the storm water detention system for the city of Abbotsford. It had been closed to the public for an extended period until reopened in 2012. There is a 2.6 kilometer outer trail and several other interconnecting trails within the park. The trails are mainly gravel and well maintained by the city. The area is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists although seldom very busy. The park features two large ponds and several small islands. The islands are popular spots for nesting ducks and geese.
Spring and fall are the most productive times for birding, however there are many species in the park year round. A great variety of migratory birds stop in the ponds, most commonly: Mallards; Canada Geese; American Wigeon; Northern Shoveler; and Green-winged Teal. Birds of prey, including American Bald Eagle, Osprey and several types of hawks are often seen in the park. Many varieties of songbirds can be found and several species of swallows can be seen during the late spring and summer.
~Text and photographs by Neal Doan - October 9, 2015