Derby Reach Regional Park sits across the Fraser River from the entrance of Kanaka Creek, near Fort Langley. The park is situated on the original townsite of Fort Langley, the oldest continuously settled European community in British Columbia. Tall black cottonwoods shelter the campsites and support the nests of a colony of blue herons.
The park’s Edgewater Bar is a big attraction to anglers of all ages who come to set their lines for salmon and watch the Fraser River flow by. Fishing bars that were once prevalent along the Fraser have more recently been usurped by log booms, which makes Edgewater even more valuable. What gives this park top billing are the squares of melmac inlaid at the corner of each picnic table. This is the officially sanctioned place to clean your salmon. Just the sight of it raises one’s hopes.
Derby Reach Regional Park is the only Greater Vancouver Regional Park that offers overnight vehicle/tent camping. The 38 riverfront sites here are allocated on a first-come basis, with a maximum stay of three nights.
To reach the park from Fort Langley, head south on Glover to 96th Avenue. Turn west on 96th and follow it to where it joins McKinnon Crescent, and follow McKinnon to Allard Crescent, where you turn right to Derby Reach Park.
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