Barnet Marine Park and Drummond’s Walk


Barnet Marine was not only good for paddling, it was also a great destination for picnic, BBQ, and beach sand fun times. The park is divided into two sections: the eastern section was off-limits to dogs, whereas the western section was basically doggie paradise.

The eastern half of the park.
The western half of the park and Drummond’s Walk

We explored the park a little and did Drummond’s Walk, a heavily trafficked, stroller friendly, dogs off-leash 3.7km out and back trail. It is also the only trail of Barnet Marine Park.

A plaque explained that the Mr. Drummond was the Mayor of Burnaby from 1996 to 2002, and this is his favourite area for a walk.

The dogs not only run freely on the trail, swim in the water, they even have a dedicated watering system.

If we were dog owners, this would have been the perfect park for us. But alas, we are not and Junior actually don’t like dogs very much. We may have to think twice before bringing him here for a bike ride.

We walked back to the beach and met up with our friends Amy and Marcus with their child, and had a socially distanced picnic together.

There are a lot of geese on this day, and quite a bit of droppings on the ground. Some of the geese came to see if they can steal our food, and our Little Guy was not happy about that. Another downside of this is the frequent train traffic. They always blared their horns when they are crossing the park for safety reasons, and you can imagine how loud the sound is when the train is only a few hundred meters away. Not very conducive to our baby’s nap, to say the least.

Overall, Barnet Marine Park is a good destination for some BBQ or picnic, with very good ocean views and well maintained facilities. Bonus points if you are a dog owner or paddler. It does get very busy on the weekend, so we would suggest avoiding that.

  • Facilities: Excellent
  • Traffic: Heavy
  • View: Beautiful ocean view
  • Overall Score: 7/10

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