Iona Beach Regional Park is a great place for walking, birdwatching, and seeing planes taking off and landing.
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Iona Beach Regional Park a local favourite
By Samuel Cheng
Published 2:15 PST, Fri November 25, 2022
Last Updated: 4:16 PST, Fri November 25, 2022
Iona Beach Regional Park is a natural habitat in Richmond. It is located north of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and east of the Pacific Ocean. It is home to many wildlife animals due to its organic ecosystem.
The Iona Regional Park was first opened to public in 1990 by former B.C. Premier Bill Vander Zalm. The park was originally intended to be a part of the YVR Habitat Compensation Program before it was ultimately changed to become a public park for locals.
The regional park includes two jetties: Iona Jetty and North Arm Jetty.
The Iona Jetty, which is about four kilometres long and stretches down south, is the more popular of the two routes as it is paved with gravel and concrete. People can walk or bike on the trail before coming to a stop at the Iona Terminus, which marks the end of the jetty. From there, visitors can enjoy boundless views of the ocean, blue skies, and sunsets.
The North Arm Jetty, which is about three kilometres long and extends up to the north, is less popular amongst visitors due to its unpaved path and sandy road. It runs parallel to the coast of Vancouver with the Fraser River in between to separate the two pieces of land. The tip of the jetty can be seen from Wreck Beach in Vancouver.
Renowned for its birdwatching opportunities, Iona Beach is the perfect location to spot falcons, eagles, pigeons, seagulls, herons, and more. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a Spoon-Billed Sandpiper, a Great Knot, or even a Red-necked Stint.
Because it is right next to YVR Airport, Iona Beach is marked as a favourite plane-watching location for locals.