From the observation tower, I like to walk east along Pitt Lake Dike, then south on Swan Dike. At that point either continue west on the Nature Dike for a shorter (3.5-mile) loop, or when my energy's up, south on the Mountain Dike for a longer (7-mile) loop that goes by the second observation tower on Homilk'um Dike, along Crane Dike, and through Smohk'na Marsh on Rannie Dike. Along both routes I've seen bald eagles near the forest west of Rannie Dike, not to mention beavers in the marsh near the second observation tower.
In a way, it doesn't matter which route I choose. I know I'll be back to explore this area, so close to Vancouver--yet so far away.
WHERE: From Vancouver, take Provincial Hwy. 7 (Lougheed Hwy.) east; cross Pitt River Bridge, turn north on Harris Rd., east on Dewdney Trunk Rd., then north on Neaves Rd., which becomes Rannie Rd.
DISTANCE: Walking loops, 3.5 miles or 7 miles.
FYI: Free maps available at Tourism Pitt Meadows Visitor Information Centre.
CONTACT: Farmhouse Lifestyle: 13783 Rippington Rd.; (604) 465-9878. Tourism Pitt Meadows Society: 12492 Harris Rd.; 460-8300.