Picture a Park: Chase River Estuary Park

Mar 24, 2015 |

At the south end of Haliburton Street you will find Chase River Estuary Park. This is an ideal spot for bird and wildlife watching as estuaries are teeming with life.

Estuaries are the transitional zone where the river meets the sea. They are amongst the most productive habitats in the world due to the high level of nutrients found in them. This is a result of both seawater and freshwater flowing into the same place and the occurrence of both marine (tides, waves) and riverine (flows of freshwater and sediment) effects. 

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The park features 1.3 kms of trails with boardwalks over wetlands and tall grasses, viewing areas, stairs and gravel trails.

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The Estuary Trail takes you to the viewing platform with interpretive signage, seating areas and excellent bird watching views.

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The Ridge Trail takes you on a short loop along the other side of the river and near the train tracks where you can even spot the Nanaimo River estuary through the trees.

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