Willband Creek Park & Detention Pond
Willband Creek Park & Detention Pond, is located on the corner of Bateman Road and HWY 11 in Abbotsford. There is a parking lot for the park just off Bateman Rd. This is a great place to walk. The full loop is a gravel path 2.76 km long, has a total ascent of 12.07 m and has a maximum elevation of 5.58 m, there is a smaller loop that is 1.6 km and many other pathways that branch off, (for a shorter walk) and go back to the parking lot. Along the trails you are walking beside two ponds that are filled with wild birds.
There are numerous benches that are placed along the trail in memorial to loved ones. The trails are all gravel which makes long walks for your dog a breeze. Best thing is, this Park is popular but not busy.
Located at: 34350 Bateman Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Willband Creek – We Got The Geese!
There are more than 90 Canadian Geese that live at Willband Creek Park, and you can see them and their goslings swimming around in the pond to cool off, or in the field next to the park, along the road is a favourite spot of theirs as well. There are two eagles that fly around this park as well. Although for the most part they are being chased out by crows.
Along the Willband Creek trails you can hear frogs, snakes and other animals rustling around. There has been bear and cougar sightings as well. There isn’t a lot of shade so be sure you are dressed appropriately for the heat. The park is well maintained, the only issue is if it has been raining or is raining it is usually flooded, it is located in the wetlands after all. From the parking lot you can still utilize half of the trail, you just won’t be able to walk the entire loop without hip waders or a dingy.
This is a beautiful place to see, walk around, get your heart pumping, and to take pictures of the wildlife, the trees, and the gorgeous mountains, including Sumas Mountain in the distance.