The riverfront trails from McCleery to Deering Island are part of a larger network of trails running along the Fraser River from Boundary Road in the east to Musqueam in the west. This route will take you through the only portion of the Agricultural Land Reserve within Vancouver.
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This quiet agricultural area is ideal for those looking for a slower lifestyle within a major urban city. The equestrian paths, riverfront trails and quiet streets make for an almost zen atmosphere any time of the day.
Equestrian trails, compact gravel paths and city streets make up this route. There are no sidewalks in Southlands, pedestrians must share the roads with horses and vehicles.
Points of interest
McCleery Golf Course
Surrounded by beautiful mature trees, the fairways and greens of McCleery Golf Course offer a challenging game in an inspiring setting. The golf course is located on the banks of the Fraser River adjacent to Vancouver’s only remaining farmland.
This property was originally known as the McCleery Farm and owned by pioneering brothers Samuel and Fitzgerald McCleery from 1862. The McCleerys were the first pioneer family to settle in British Columbia. Remnants of their farmhouse foundation are marked today with a bronze plaque at the north end of the golf course. The Park Board purchased the land in 1956 and developed it as a golf course over the next few years.
McCleery Golf Course was completely redeveloped and officially rededicated in 1996. One of the great granddaughters of the original pioneering McCleerys, Kathy Shave, who helped unveil the new golf course in 1959, returned to help mark this special occasion at a place with huge historical significance.
Equestrian and pedestrian trails cover the Southlands area running along the Fraser River from McCleery Golf Course to Musqueam Park.
We are currently expanding these trails to include protected paths along city streets to seperate vehicles from riders and to enhance the natural character of the area.
Deering Island Park
Located on a small island in the Fraser River, Deering Island Park is a semi-natural area perfect for enjoying the peaceful views of the river and tidal marshes. In late summer, the park is filled with dragonflies and the sweet scent (and flavour!) of blackberries. Over time, due to desired shipping access up the river, the flora and fauna have changed from what you might once have seen in this location.