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.
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.