Since I moved in January, I'm now further out in the Greater Vancouver valley, in Langley, so no seawall or Jericho beach walkies anymore.
There are two great parks within easy driving distance though, one called Derby Reach, which is right on the Fraser River, and the other is Tynehead Park, which I'm going to post pictures from.
Both parks have large off-leash areas for Eva to sniff around at her leisure, and both have trails (where she must stay on leash) through very natural forested areas.
I like Tynehead better, even though it's a farther drive. The off-leash area is bigger and it's not just a big flat field, there are hills and the path winds through clusters of trees and bushes. There's also a water fountain (for people, AND one for dogs) right at the entrance so it's easy to re-fill the doggy-water-bottle.
The trails are nicer too, they weave up and down, over wooden bridges that criss-cross the Serpentine River, and there are several loops you can take if you only want to walk 1km, or 4km, or even 8km.
It's very similar to where I grew up, my neighbours had about 16 acres of forested land that I played in as a child, and walking through Tynehead is like reliving those years of clambering through gullies, streams, scampering up trees, and hiding in tree trunks so large, a grown man could stand inside, stretch his arms, and never touch the sides.
Usually I don't take my phone with me while I'm walking, but two months or so ago, I did since it's was a nice day and I wanted to take pictures.
salmonberry flower. The season for the berries is near its end, but I have been gorging myself whenever I get the chance. It's the first spring berry, followed by huckleberries and thimbleberries, all very tasty wild PNW berries, which are in season now, and the wild blackberries (these are tiny, about 1/4 the size of the blackberries you'd get in a store, and grow on the ground in a low, creeping vine, not in the huge bushes -> those are an invasive species) are just starting to ripen.
Wild bleeding hearts. I love these. Only a couple of blooms in this picture as it was a little too early.