c33 (a&b) Delta Cycle Loops 66k - can be divided into 2 loops: 33a or 33b. It is best done counterclockwise.
1) On Tsawwassen First Nations Boardwalk; 2) with the Pacific Flyway Monument
- KML/KMZ files can be opened in Google Earth, and many smartphone apps.
- GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colours and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead when possible.
- GPX-Garmin are GPX files that we have optimized for older Garmin units that only display tracks that contain 500 points or less (such as Garmin eTrex units).
Visit our GPS & Navigation page for instructions of how to use your smartphone as a GPS device (even when outside of data coverage) or how to import data to your Garmin unit.
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About the Journey:
This loop is a great day ride, accessible from multiple staging areas experiencing Regional and District Parks, dikes, and other land features connected by regional greenways. Visit bird sanctuaries, marshlands and tidal flats, with a number of key historical features along the way. The village of Ladner makes a great rest stop, especially on Market Days. Completing the loop of 67 km counts for two sub-loops, 33a and 33b. Note that there may be detours involving the cut-off routing on 52nd Street due to a watermain being intalled along this routing until later in 2017. This cut-off is the division between c33a to the west and c33b to the east. All these loops are best done counterclockwise, especially the c33b loop that takes in River Road and puts the cyclists nearer to the river bank.
See the full description in 'Directions' below. Go to the following links for:
Note that the orange track is the complete cycle route described here. The 'Downloadable' section gives instruction on how to download the tracks using your smartphone app such ViewRanger or a Garmin device.
Alert regarding getting over the tracks at Delta Port
Recently, BC Rail is becoming more vigilant at enforcing the signage indicating 'end of trail' and to not to enter this area to get across the railroad tracks. The blue track on the map indicates a detour requiring going down and up two very steep embankments over water in a ditch to get to a road on the other side.. The 4.5 km detour adds roughly 3.3 kms km to the whole route. We are working to overcome this obstacle with the Port authorities. In the meantime, we are hopeful that bridging will be allowed over the ditch for the detour by the Spring of 2018.. Please remember that all Trails BC routing is suggested only as routes that we have successfully used in the past but we take no responsibility for the choices you make. Do let us know about any changes and difficulties you encounter while using our suggested routings.
Metro Cycle Trail Loop
Delta - West Surrey
Distance: 67k loop - Could include stop at Ladner Market on Sundays when it is open (Every 2nd Sunday during the Summer).
Starting and end point: off Nordel Way take Nordel Court to Planet Ice Parking.
Connecting Roads - 15k
Trails and Pathways - 51k
Mode of travel: Well maintained Mountain Bike
Level of Difficulty: Easy terrain - long distance
Low altitude - 0 -- High altitude - 70/230 ft -- basically flat
Time allowed: 7 to 8 hrs including lunch
Fitness level: Should be in good physical condition and have experienced cycling over 40k.
Meals: Early meal at about 11:15 a.m. at Ladner Market or in Ladner Town Centre. Take a hearty snack along to be eaten at Mud Bay Regional Park.
Photos: Peter Hiebert
Features and Descriptions
From Nordel Court/Planet Ice we immediately take a Pathway from the Planet Ice Parking Lot to River Road. Note that River Road is overridden by the new South Perimeter Highway at this location. Heading West watch for a way to go under the Perimeter Hwy to get to the other side on a bike path the will connect again with River Road.
South arm of the Fraser River up to Deas Island Regional Park. 12k
Viewpoints show the north short Mountains, South Delta industries, Fraser River activities, and the Alex Fraser Bridge.
Tilbury Island Slough:
Take a short jaunt away from the River Rd. to take in better views of the Tilbury Island Slough and vegetation. Turn right at 72nd St (Funeral Home on corner), left at Tilbury Rd, and left on MacDonald Rd. to continue on River Rd.
Deas Island Regional Park
Washrooms are available in the park. On the left is the Inverholme Schoolhouse (1909) one of the last one-room schoolhouses in Delta. On the right is the Burvilla, a Queen Anne style residence (1905) and belonged to the Burr family in Delta. The island is named after a black freeman and tinsmith, John Sullivan Deas who had claimed the island and built a cannery, wharf and dykes. Other Greek families stayed on the island until the 1950's.
Delta Millennium Trail
This trail makes a wonderful connection from Deas Island to the rest of Ladner by getting past the Deas Island Tunnel under the bridge before the tunnel.
Ferry Road Pathway
This pathway runs along the South Island Wildlife Marshes.
The Ladner Village Market - 20k
Half a km from the dyke is the well known Ladner Village Market – open every 2nd Sunday during the summer. Check this link for dates.
Ladner Reach Marina
From this new section of dyke trail with Expo fixtures there is a view farmland and North Shore Mountains.
On one side there is a view of the North Shore Mountains and the other the beginning of Westham Island. It is an extra 10-km to and from the famous Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island.
Robert's Bank and the Deltaport on the Salish Sea (Start of Robert's Bank - 27.5k)
Getting past the Deltaport rail tracks presently requires taking a detour – see alert describing this loop on our website
Boundary Bay Greenway Connector Route
The connector to Boundary Bay Greenway consists of and paths first via the Tsawwassen FN over long boardwalk and around the Tsawwassen Mills Mall, then via the South Delta Recreation Centre where there are Washrooms. From there head towards Beach Grove involving first quirky path starting behind the centre and then a few quiet streets.
Boundary Bay Regional Greenway Dyke Trail - 39k
From Beach Grove the Boundary Bay Regional Greenway Dyke Trail to Mud Bay Regional Park is 17k of wonderful uninterrupted trail. Look for the abundant bird life. Eagles are quite prevalent.
On north side of the dyke there is a golf course (Kings Links), farm land at its best, acres of greenhouses, the Delta Airport, etc.
Mud Bay Regional Park - 56k
This regional park featuring seaside marshes in Surrey has picnic tables, other trails to explore, and washrooms. From this point, travel by road for 2k under #99 Highway and head north on Colebrook Rd. Link with the last section of trail passing the Family Golf Centre and re-enter Delta at Watershed Park.
With its coniferous forest, Watershed Park is Delta's largest park and situated on a large artesian water supply.
Take the overpass over the rail. An alternative is to take the Lower Trail in the park being careful not to take the Artesian Trail. At the north entrance it is necessary to stay on the south sidewalk heading west over the highway to rejoin the main trail on the other side of the rail tracks.
From here follow the edge of the famous Burns Bog following Davies Creek all the way the Alex Fraser Bridge. There is an opportunity to take an excellent boardwalk path over the bog. From here take the pathway back to the start of the cycle.