Pitt Lake dikes are made for nature walking

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      The dikes at the south end of Pitt Lake are a magnificent place for a nature walk. On a nice day, you’ll get to enjoy the sunshine, birds, and views of the surrounding mountains.

      You probably won’t see as many birds—or get as close to them—as you would at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta or the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver. But the looping dike trails of the provincially managed Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Pitt Meadows mean you can spend hours strolling through the marshes.

      This past weekend, I spotted great blue herons, red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows, and other birds in the wetlands.

      The Pitt Unit of the wildlife management area is located at the northern end of Rennie Road.

      From the parking lot, an easy walk on the Nature Dyke Trail leads to a viewing tower with satisfying views. Once there, you can turn back or undertake one of a variety of possible loops, depending on your time and energy.

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      May 30, 2011 at 6:55pm

      The dikes would be made for walking if the pathways weren't littered with piles of dog crap, left by lazy, stupid, inconsiderate dog owners.