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Wild flowers at Everett Crowley Park

Everett Crowley trails destination walk

Route statistics

Distance 2.37 km
Steps 3110
Elevation change 23 m

Everett Crowley Park is a green sanctuary, offering a lush woodland feel. It is located in the neighbourhood of Killarney between South East Marine Drive and E 63rd Avenue on Kerr Street. This circular route is 2.37 km or approximately 3,110 steps, and will take about 35 minutes to walk. The 38.03 hectare park can be access by a parking lot on the east side of Kerr Street. There are several trails which vary in surface quality from narrow bark mulch paths, to wider compacted gravel walkways. 

Route description

The Park, Vancouver’s fifth largest, has an array of unique features providing evidence of its previous usage. This area has undergone several transitions over that past 100 years but has slowly returned to the wilderness it once was. The  park can be access by a parking lot on the east side of Kerr Street and there are several trails to choose from. The suggested route is a circluar route however feel free to walk the interior trails and really take in what is area has to offer.

Accessibility

All gravel paths throughout the park including some with slight inclines are wheelchair accessible.

Note Bark mulch trails can be uneven and may not be accessible.

Points of interest

The Park

The Park

Originally a coniferous forest of cedar and hemlock trees, this area was defined by its natural ravine, salmon bearing creek and waterfall. As recently as 1850 it was undisturbed forest, but has since gone through multiple phases of use including hunting, logging, and orchard land. In 1944, the area became the Kerr Road Dump, and functioned as a landfill until 1967. So much waste had been deposited that when the dump finally closed, the fill was up to 49 metres deep in places. The old dump boundaries are now wooded pathways, and steam vents show that the garbage buried beneath the surface is still decomposing. 

Twenty years later it was officially opened as a park, and named after Everett Crowley, a Park Board Commissioner serving from 1962-1964.

Everett Crowley Park is in transition. Since the early 1970's, native and invasive plants and animals have been slowly recolonizing the park, transforming it into a young forest of hardy deciduous trees, wildflowers, and opportunistic blackberry. The area is recovering and the result is a botanically diverse landscape frequented by birds and other wildlife, who find refuge in this urban wilderness

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Landmarks

Landmarks

Avalon Pond

Everett Crowely was the owner of the last operating dairy in Vancouver called "Avalon." It is fitting that the water feature in Everett Crowely park is named for his own business and one that is a significant part of Vancouver and British Columbian history.

Kingscross Creek

Once a salmon bearing creek, it is now just recovering from a century of human interference.

Manfred's Meadow

In the meadow you will find a beautiful flower box, and a bee condo. This structure has been installed by the Environmental Youth Alliance to assist the Blue Orchard Mason Bee; a native species that has a vital roll in keeping plant communities diverse and productive. This mason bee home is one of 150 established in Vancouver through the volunteer run project. Manfred’s Meadow is a great place for a picnic, or to rest on the wooden bench. Stop and enjoy the wind in the trees and the sound of birds and other wildlife around you.

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Scenic views

Scenic views

Perched above the north arm of the Fraser River, you will discover a delightful view of the patterned Richmond farmlands. On a clear day visibility will extend to the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker. 

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