South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest

Sunnyside » an accessible urban forest in South Surrey

 Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest entrance on 24th Avenue

There are two urban forests in Surrey: Green Timbers and Sunnyside. An urban forest is considered a park, but is left in a more natural state. Both Green Timbers and Sunnyside have areas that are off-limits to humans. That may not keep the hobos out, but it does limit the number of dog-walkers.

Here is the city's webpage for Sunnyside.

There are several access points for the trails that meander through the public-access area. If you're driving, park on 24th Avenue, just East of 144th Street.

Unlike Green Timbers' trails which form a rough grid, Sunnyside's travel at odd angles and curve unexpectedly. This is both delightful and a curse. If you're not great at memorizing maps you can find yourself circling around or ending up on 28th Avenue, but after two or three visits I'm sure you'll be an old hand at finding your way around. Hansel and Gretel: be warned!

There are two kinds of trails: wide, easy access trails and narrower more nature-like trails for people who like to pretend they are tramping through the forest primeval. I think you could probably even push a wheelchair along some of the wider paths.

 This is all second-growth forest, of course, but some of the trees are pretty big. There are plenty of alder, black cottonwood and vine maples to complement the douglas firs.


Google Map's satelite view of Sunnyside. Parking is on 24th Avenue.


One of the original trees, cut down in the early 1900s and now a nurse stump


One of the wide easy-access trails in Sunnyside


Another remnant of the original forest. Oh the hubris of progress!


A fallen leaf trapped by new growth


Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest




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