Delta Nature Reserve

Delta, British Columbia

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Burns Bog. A garbage dump? Future site of housing, golf courses, industrial development? Four thousand ha (10,000 acres) of waste land prone to fires? It doesn’t sound too attractive. In fact, Burns Bog is a vast wilderness of unusual beauty where arctic plants such as cloudberry and reindeer moss survive among quaking mounds of sphagnum and miniature lodgepole pines. It is home to deer, foxes, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, rodents, frogs and a small number of black bears. A hundred and fifty species of birds, including the endangered sandhill crane, visit or nest in the bog; the rare mariposa copper butterfly has been found there. The whole is a priceless legacy from the ice age and the largest raised peat bog on the west coast of North America. Why preserve it? As well as its value to wildlife, a wetland such as this aids in flood control and acts as a purification filter for the Fraser River’s teeming salmon. Bog plants help to clean our atmosphere by converting carbon dioxide into plant matter. Highlights: Sphagnum bog, bog forest; lodgepole pine, Pacific crabapple; Labrador tea, swamp laurel, sweet gale; fungi. Terrain: Flat. Boardwalk, trail and service road.

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"Burns Bog. A garbage dump? Future site of housing, golf courses, industrial development? Four thousand ha (10,000 acres) of waste land prone to fires? It doesn’t sound too attractive. In fact, Burns Bog is a vast wilderness of unusual beauty where arctic plants such as cloudberry and reindeer moss survive among quaking mounds of sphagnum and miniature lodgepole pines.

It is home to deer, foxes, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, rodents, frogs and a small number of black bears. A hundred and fifty species of birds, including the endangered sandhill crane, visit or nest in the bog; the rare mariposa copper butterfly has been found there. The whole is a priceless legacy from the ice age and the largest raised peat bog on the west coast of North America. Why preserve it? As well as its value to wildlife, a wetland such as this aids in flood control and acts as a purification filter for the Fraser River’s teeming salmon. Bog plants help to clean our atmosphere by converting carbon dioxide into plant matter. Highlights: Sphagnum bog, bog forest; lodgepole pine, Pacific crabapple; Labrador tea, swamp laurel, sweet gale; fungi. Terrain: Flat. Boardwalk, trail and service road."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Delta
Distance: 1.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Burns Bog Conservation Society
Driving Directions: Directions to Delta Nature Reserve

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May 2018