The winding Serpentine and Nicomekl rivers slide into the shallow northeastern part of Boundary Bay, helping to form the estuarine delta known as Mud Bay. This large area of mudflats, bathed daily by the tides, provides food and refuge for thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds, both resident and migratory. Jutting into Mud Bay like a crooked finger is Blackie Spit, an excellent viewing spot for the open bay and adjacent tidal marshes.
Named after Walter Blackie, who in the 1870s farmed the land now occupied by the village of Crescent Beach, the sandspit was once the site of an Indian village. Archaeological digging has turned up evidence of shellfish gathered by Coast Salish people 8000 years ago. Highlights: Sandspit, tidal marsh, saltwater bay, dunes; dune plants; waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors; harbour seals. Terrain: Flat. Paths and tracks, wet in places.
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