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Parking and picnic spaces may be limited on June 3rd between 10am-2pm for our World Oceans Day event as part of the annual Environmental Extravaganza. Please call 604-598-5774 for details.

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Location

3136 McBride Avenue, Surrey, BC

About Blackie Spit

Blackie Spit Park is a stunning City park located in the Crescent Beach neighbourhood of South Surrey. The park is named after the dramatic spit that extends into Mud Bay at the mouth of the Nicomekl River.

Blackie Spit has amazing views of Mud Bay and the north shore mountain. Blackie Spit also offers some of the best bird watching areas in Canada, with almost 200 species of birds recorded in a calendar year. The sandy spit, surrounded by tidal marsh and eelgrass beds, is an important stop for migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds, as they make their way up and down the coastline of North and South America. Fall migrants start arriving in late August and September. Spring migrants start arriving in mid-March, and are generally gone by the end of May.

Blackie Spit Park is also a great place to see aquatic mammals. Harbour seals and their pups love to rest on the sandbars. The Park is managed as a wildlife conservation area so habitat enhancement activities are ongoing throughout the park.

The nature trail walk around Blackie Spit Park is around 5 kilometres long. Allow around 2 hours for this walk. Blackie Spit Park has signs throughout the park for a self-guided walk. Learn about the history and ecological significance of the area while enjoying the beautiful ocean views and wildlife.

This waterfront park is also home to the Surrey Sailing Club, the Crescent Beach Swim Club, and the Dunsmuir Community Gardens.

About Dunsmuir Community Gardens

The Dunsmuir Community Gardens are located on a portion of Blackie Spit at 2900 Dunsmuir Road that was acquired by the City in 1974. The entire area is home to an abundance of natural and cultural heritage, including a number of buildings on the City's heritage register. The significance of the area was recognized by Council in 1996 when the land was dedicated as park through City wide referendum.

The community garden plots are farmed by individual residents, so please be respectful of their efforts. You'll find access from Crescent Road at Sullivan Street.

The garden is operated by the non-profit Dunsmuir Garden Group. Email Craig at dunsmuircommunitygarden@gmail.com to inquire about plot availability. Please note that Dunsmuir Community Garden has an extensive running waitlist and it may take several years to get a garden plot.

Follow the Dunsmuir Garden Blog, or explore the other community gardens across the City.

Blackie Spit Dog Off-leash Area

Blackie Spit's fully fenced dog off-leash area features a mixed terrain of grass, gravel and sand. This park offers the same area for dogs of different sizes. The off-leash area is east of the main parking lot at McBride Avenue and Wickson Road, next to the tennis courts. Here, you'll find also a covered area for those rainy days when Rover still needs a run.

Further to the north of the primary dog off-leash area, at the far north of the parking area, you'll find the Blackie Spit dog off-leash beach. This area of the beach is fully fenced in with a shoreline to explore and a swimming area for dogs. See the Dog Off Leash Area & Swimming Beach Map to see where to take Rover. Remember to use a leash when travelling between the main dog off-leash area and the beach area.

Note that dogs are not allowed on regular beaches between May 15 and September 15. The exception to this is the off-leash area at Blackie Spit at Crescent Beach.

Explore the other dog off-leash parks across the City.

For more information about Blackie Spit, contact Parks Planning & Design at parksrecculture@surrey.ca or 604-501-5050.

Photo credit: Scarlet Black