On a nice sunny day the Nature Park can be a wonderful place to visit and have a walk. However, many people don’t know that there is an east side to the park! Many are familiar with the Nature House and pond trails, but there is also a small trail system on the east side of the park next to the Auto Mall. Know as the Nature Study Area, it is a trail loop which is a bit of a different walk from those found on the west side of the park. Until recently the trail had not be as well maintained as the others but a few years ago, with the help of Microsoft volunteers, a boardwalk was added. Still, the trail remains a bit more challenging hike than the others but also provides a change in setting for those who may walk the park frequently. If you do choose to explore the east side of the park be careful about driving in to or out of the parking lot as the entrance is quite close to the right hand turn lane on Jacombs Road . Next time there’s a nice sunny day consider a walk in the park (on either side) and don’t forget your water and sun-screen! If you’re up for something a bit more relaxing consider attending our Blueberry Tea and Pony Rides on August 7 from 11 am to 4 pm. Have a cup of blueberry tea, enjoy a slice of blueberry pie (generously prepared by ABC Country Restaurant from blueberries donated by the BC Blueberry council), and for the little ones: Pony Rides! Remember to come early as the pie is often a popular sell-out.
Hope to see you there, have a great summer
– James Greenhalgh, Nature Park Society Board Member