Birch Bay and Blaine in Washington State are known for their proximity to parks and the natural beauty in the surrounding areas. Birch Bay State Park, Lummi Island, Mount Baker, and Semiahmoo Park are just a few examples of what the northwestern corner of Washington has to offer. But if you are staying at Sandcastle at Birch Bay and you never cross the border into Canada, you would miss out on a great park that’s only a 31-minute drive from your resort.
Campbell Valley Regional Park is located in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Hikers will enjoy the 29 km (18 miles) of hiking trails, while those who prefer riding can explore the 14 km (8.5 miles) of horseback riding trails. Bikers will need to find other places to ride – this park has designated only 3.7 km (2 miles) of trails for cycling.
The park is composed of farmland, marshes, wetlands, forests, and grasslands, with plenty of wildlife making their home here. It is a beautiful area, with bridges, wooden walkways, unpaved pathways, open fields, and flowers. And there’s more to do than just hiking.
Campbell Valley Regional Park is also home to some historic buildings and sites. Near the Visitor Centre at the South Valley Entrance is the Lochiel Schoolhouse and Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead. Every year in mid-September there is a Country Celebration, a family-friendly event in the style of an old country fair. “There are farm animals to admire, musicians to listen to, market vendors to buy from, informational booths to learn from and all kinds of family-friendly activities.” Kids’ activities include a mini petting zoo, pony rides, and a straw maze. There’s live music all day and great food from a dozen vendors.
It is interesting to note that you can also find a historic racetrack near the middle of the park on the east side.
“Something that you don’t often see tucked away inside a nature park is a racetrack. The historic Langley Speedway was once an active racetrack from the 1960’s to early 1980’s. It was one of only a few sites in BC to host NASCAR events.”
In addition to the trails, there are several open areas for horseback riding. And if you bring your dog, your canine friend will love running around in the dog off-leash areas.
Sometimes a road trip can pack in more than you expect: nature, exercise, animals, and history. Come to Campbell Valley Regional Park for the beauty. Stay for the peace and quiet. Take in the vistas of green fields, wildflowers, and forests.
Check out this promotional video:
Or if you want to see the park with no commentary, check out this video submitted by a visitor in April this year:
Where to Stay
Sandcastle at Birch Bay is a comfortable condominium resort located across from Birch Bay’s picturesque shore. During your stay, you’ll enjoy unbeatable views of the shimmering blue waters of Birch Bay or the towering Mount Baker from the resort’s rooftop terrace or your own private balcony.
In addition to all the eye candy, you’ll also enjoy on-site amenities such as a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center. Your well-appointed one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium has everything needed to comfortably accommodate up to six guests. Each unit features a full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a fireplace.