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Blackie Spit

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Find out how to have a sustainable picnic when you visit Blackie Spit Park this summer.

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Location

3136 McBride Avenue, Surrey, BC

About Blackie Spit

Blackie Spit Park is a stunning City park located in the Crescent Beach neighbourhood of South Surrey. The park is named after the dramatic spit that extends into Mud Bay at the mouth of the Nicomekl River. Blackie Spit has amazing views of Mud Bay and the North Shore Mountains.

Blackie Spit is home to the Surrey Sailing Club, the Crescent Beach Swim Club, and the Dunsmuir Community Gardens.

Park Improvements

In October 2020, we will start construction of a 100-m boardwalk at Blackie Spit.

Dog Off-leash Areas

Blackie Spit has two dog off-leash areas, both shared by dogs of different sizes. The main area is a short way east of the main parking lot at McBride Avenue and Wickson Road, next to the tennis courts. It is a mix of grass, gravel and sand, and has a covered shelter for rainy days.

At the north end of the parking area, you'll find the only dog off-leash swim area in Surrey. You can use this fenced area when the tide is in, so check before you go.

Remember to use a leash when travelling between the main dog off-leash area and the dog swimming area.

Wildlife

Blackie Spit is one of the top bird watching areas in Canada, with hundreds of species of birds recorded each year. Migrating and wintering waterfowl rest and feed along the sandy spit and surrounding tidal marsh and eelgrass beds. It's an important stop for many birds as they make their way up and down the coastline of North and South America. Fall migrants start arriving in late August. Spring migrants start arriving in mid-March, and are generally gone by the end of May.

Animals rest, search for food, and build nests just off trails. Stay on trails to prevent disturbing wildlife and sensitive habitat.

You might also spot aquatic mammals like harbour seals and their pups who love to rest on the sandbars.

Nature Trails

The nature trail around Blackie Spit Park is around 5 kilometres long. Allow around 2 hours.

Artwork

See how many Memory Stones you can find throughout the park. A circular grouping of these stones can be found near the mound across from the off-leash dog area.

Dunsmuir Community Gardens

The Dunsmuir Community Gardens are located on a portion of Blackie Spit at 2900 Dunsmuir Road that was acquired by the City in 1974. The entire area is home to an abundance of natural and cultural heritage, including a number of buildings on the City's heritage register. The significance of the area was recognized by Council in 1996 when the land was dedicated as parkland through a City-wide referendum.

The community garden plots are farmed by individual residents, so please be respectful of their efforts. You'll find access from Crescent Road at Sullivan Street.

The garden is operated by the non-profit Dunsmuir Garden Group. Email dunsmuircommunitygarden@gmail.com to find out about plot availability. Please note that Dunsmuir Community Garden has an extensive running waitlist and it may take several years to get a garden plot.

Follow the Dunsmuir Garden Blog, or explore the other community gardens across the City.

For more information about Blackie Spit, view the Park Master Plan or contact Parks Planning & Design at parksrecculture@surrey.ca or 604-501-5050.

Photo credit: Scarlet Black

 

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