Everett Crowley Park is a recently developed green sanctuary, offering a lush woodland feel.
It is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
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Before being redeveloped by settlers, this area was a coniferous forest of hemlock and cedar trees, with a beautiful waterfall and salmon-bearing creek running through a natural ravine.
The 38.03 hectare park is located in the neighbourhood now known as 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.
"Unceded” means that First Nations people did not give up land or legally sign it away to Britain or Canada. Vancouver and 95 percent of BC are on unceded First Nations land. In many parts of Canada, treaties were signed with First Nations that gave incoming settlers rights to much of the land, but in BC very few treaties were signed.
The Park, Vancouver’s fifth largest, has an array of unique features which have been redeveloped since colonial settlement and has continued to undergo several transitions.
This area was an important site for the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, who likely used it for resource extraction, hunting and fishing grounds. An area such as this would have seen a large number of people using it as a transit route as it is close to the Fraser River.
The park can be accessed by a parking lot on the east side of Kerr Street and there are several trails to choose from which vary in surface quality from narrow bark mulch paths, to wider compacted gravel walkways.
The suggested route is a circular route however feel free to walk the interior trails and really take in what is area has to offer.
Please note, that often today’s trails frequently match the traditional paths of the First Nations peoples, as it was often the best path that matched the lay of the land.
All gravel paths throughout the park including some with slight inclines are wheelchair accessible.
Bark mulch trails can be uneven and may not be accessible.
Points of interest
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.
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 role 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.
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. Mount Baker is also known as Kweq’ Smánit – white mountain by the Nooksack First Nation peoples of Washington. The Gulf Islands are home to the Hul'qumi'num people.
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Sights and Sounds
Take a moment to stop and listen to the trees, river, birds, and wind in this land.
Think about how people would have used this area hundreds or thousands of years ago, before European settlers arrived. It is easy to imagine in a park that is undergoing development such as this one.
Think about the trails that weave through the thick forest that were used by people heading down to the river to fish or commute.
Imagine the bounty of vegetation, fish, and animals.
Imagine the trees that would have been carefully harvested to weave baskets and hats, the people who may have been hunting or fishing, the children who would have been playing, and the elders who may have been sharing stories and teaching.
Take a moment to imagine the animals, people, and fresh water that were here before.
From many points in this walk you can see or hear the fraser river nearby.
The Fraser is the longest river in BC. The river's name in the Halqemeylem (Upriver Halkomelem) language is Sto:lo, and has been adopted by the Halkomelem-speaking peoples of the Lower Mainland as their collective name, Sto:lo.
The Musqueam have had a strong relationship with the Fraser River since time immemorial, and it continues on today.