Cheam wet wonderland

Tucked away in Popkum, east of Chilliwack, the Cheam Wetlands is one of the area’s richest resources for bird watchers.

A heron keeps a sharp eye out for dinner.

Tucked away in Popkum, east of Chilliwack, the Cheam Wetlands is one of the area’s richest resources for bird watchers. Almost 200 bird species have been identified in the park over the years, from the commonly-seen Canada geese, mallards and ring-neck ducks, to the more elusive barred owls, peregrine falcons or the red-breasted sapsuckers.

This is largely due to the many marsh and lake areas, and the peaceful nature of the trail system. The focus here is on tranquility, as the paths meander through the park, and bridges and a viewing platform offer the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature.

There are two kilometres of trails, where only foot traffic is allowed. Dogs are not permitted due to the sensitive nature of the 107-hectare habitat.

To get there, take Yale Road East through the Popkum roundabout to Popkum Road North, and turn left on Elgey Road.

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