Iona Beach Regional Park

Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond: Address, Iona Beach Regional Park Reviews: 4/5

Iona Beach Regional Park
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada2,649 contributions
Feb 2021
Arrived around noon to find the parking lots packed. Actually, not that surprising after four days of rain. Unlike the many forested parks we locals enjoy in dryer times, I have come to avoid dirt trails in most parks, as they have turned to mud! The gravel base and good drainage here is ideal for a stroll in Vancouver's rainy season, as can be attested to by the large crowd.
Other positives: this is a straight line 4 km walk with views unlike those you will see anywhere else in Vancouver. Imagine looking EAST to the airport and watching planes take off. Look south to the ferry terminal and north to UBC - I know; different, eh? For us old fellas, there's a porta-potty at the far end, and a proper bathroom at the parking lot.
So, even in winter, consider this good gravel base a great place to catch up on your steps.
Written February 4, 2021
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Louise Y
Richmond, Canada6 contributions
Aug 2019
Having lived in this City for decades, only discovered this hidden gem 2 years ago while helping on a short film set. The rustic beach feel, the long jetty, the picnic tables, plenty of places to park to watch planes, birds, sunsets and the water are all within your reach upon your arrival here. You can drive or bike here. Many people bring food here to enjoy a picnic or just to have a walk ... come check this hidden gem.
Written February 4, 2020
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10YEN10
New Westminster, Canada186 contributions
Jan 2020
For years I have made my way out to Iona Beach for the long walk which can, at times, leave you exposed to the elements. While some basics have been added (shelters and washrooms along the jetty) for the most part this is a pretty 'bare bones' park and experience.

The lagoons or ponds to the east of the jetty are worth the exploration as well as the flats and grassy lands to the north. Watching planes approach or depart is always fun and there is usually plenty of wildlife around to watch.
Written February 23, 2020
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LeeTEcc311
Langley City, Canada23 contributions
Dec 2021
A really enjoyable walk, with 345-degree views of the ocean and coastline. Sightings of birds (loons, ducks, seagulls, eagles, and others) and harbour seals were frequent; planes approaching YVR were even more frequent! It was fun to watch it all as daylight turns to twilight. At the end of the pipeline, there are a couple great locations for photos, including a look-out spot, where you can look down at waves crashing on the rocks below. Additional features: a washroom at the end of the pipeline; separate trails for walkers vs cyclers; periodic covered areas to wait out sudden changes to rainy weather. Great location!
Written December 21, 2021
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Stephen D
Vancouver, Canada97 contributions
Mar 2021
The Pipeline Walk that takes you 4.5KM into the Strait of Georgia has the most wonderful views of Vancouver Island the North Shore Mountains and the airport. It is an easy walk out and back 9 km in total. The is a washroom at the end of the pipeline. You will see eagles, seals, Hawks, and many different types of waterfowl. Watching the plane fly over is fun.
Written March 22, 2021
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Janice L
Richmond, Canada196 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
The road to Iona Beach runs parallel to the main runway at the airport, it's great to park and watch the planes arrive. Once you get to the beach, it's relaxing and beautiful if you like to relax in the beauty of nature.
Written April 21, 2015
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robby321
Burnaby, Canada558 contributions
Nov 2020
Good open space but we went on a very windy day, so not that enjoyable for us. Walk on the LOWER park of the breakwater as that protects you from the wind!!!
Written November 9, 2020
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OMflygerguy
Vancouver, Canada17 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
First long summer like weekend and couldn't find any parking near Wreck Beach, so took a friend's advice and checked out Iona Beach, near the airport in Richmond, BC. The road there is long and you get to see some horses on one side and jumbo jets on the other. Upon arrival at the parking lot, you can either walk along the outflow pipe or continue on and park then walk along the beach. After about a 30min walk you get past the trees and your own private nude beach, and no stairs! Tide was out, saw the odd tug boat but barely a soul in site. Look northwards and wave to those who took the stairs down to Wreck Beach. Lots of driftwood, sand and interesting tidbits along the beach.
Written May 21, 2017
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smrgeog
Vancouver, Canada1,961 contributions
Sep 2015
The park is located on the north side of Sea Island and provides a very good view of planes taking off from YVR (depending on the wind direction). The main attraction of the place is the long causeway or jetty which is about 4 km long sticking into Georgia Strait. It's a pleasant walk during the summer but at other times the wind can make it a bit chilly. Apart from bird watching and walking not much else would recommend it and disappointing as well it closes at dusk.
Written October 26, 2015
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lost_in_the_ozone
North Vancouver81 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
I grew up across the river from Iona on the Vancouver side of the Fraser River and have been coming here for almost 50 years. Yes, that is indeed Metro Vancouver's largest sewage treatment plant beside the park - the sewage lagoons are behind the chain link fence and the causeway that runs several kilometres out into the Salish Sea is where the leftovers are disposed of at the end of the process. Now you know.

It's a little oasis of sanity in the increasingly hectic area around the Vancouver airport. The area around the pond is a nature reserve that attracts several unique species of birds, both resident and transient. The booming grounds on the north arm of the Fraser River are located on the north side of the park area, where logs that have been towed down from Vancouver Island and further up the coast are waiting to be taken to the remaining mills further up the Fraser. The log storage area on the east side of the road allows the logs to be stored in fresh water, which drives the salt-water toredo worm out of the logs before they can eat up the profits.
Written February 28, 2015
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