Mill Lake Park
Mill Lake Park has something for everyone. Along the 2.3 km long paved path, there is an outdoor pool, a water park, three separate playgrounds, several picnic areas and rest stops as well as a small dock where all the ducks hang out. There are many points of access, each offers you something different, all of which are wheelchair accessible.
The main entrance to Mill Lake is off of Bevan Avenue, there is free parking, a huge play area for the kids with benches for the parents. The park does have public bathrooms (with flushing toilets). There are several large green spaces with trees and benches with the perfect views across the lake. There is a gazebo area which can be rented out through Abbotsford City Hall. Many events set up or start here, like the Annual MS walk in June, The Walk for Diabetes, Cancer Awareness walks and many more.
Another Park entrance is along Emerson Avenue and Peardonville Road, where there is free parking and a locally sponsored quality baseball diamond. The Centennial Outdoor Pool, also home of the Abbotsford Whalers Swim Club, is typically open during the warmer months. For the kids, big and small, there is a spray water park to cool off and play in, also during the warmer months of the year. Benches and picnic areas work beautifully for kids birthday parties and other family or community get togethers. There is a large green space close by with trees and picnic tables to utilize as well.
Mill Lake Offers Even More….
There is another entrance to the park at the end of Mill Lake Road off of Bourquin Crescent, behind Seven Oaks Mall, There are a couple baseball diamonds, free parking, washrooms, lots of picnic benches and it is where the dock is for the lake. Most of the local lake bound birds can be found there sitting on the beach or waddling in the water. The Lake isn’t really “swim worthy”, its shallow and muddy, but it does has trout in it and is home to the Red Eared Slider Turtles, as well as the endangered Western Painted Turtle.
Mill Lake is non motorized lake, but people use various flotation devices to fish, and explore the lake. There are tons of lily pads along the exterior of the lake waters, frogs, turtles, ducks, Canadian geese, and cranes, two eagles that have a home here, as well as many other species of birds all hang out at the Lake.
Along the paved path there is also a wooden bridge and floating boardwalk, located on the Eastern side of the Park, that leads to another play ground and parking lot just off Ware Street that includes an outdoor gym, beautiful stone ping pong tables, another playground for the kids, and picnic tables along green space with trees. This beautiful gem is hidden in the middle of the city, and is a great place to exercise, rejuvenate, and just be one with nature.