Surrey : Crescent Beach Park

One of the hotter days this summer and we decided to head towards the beach, but not the heavily populated beaches in Vancouver like English Bay and Kitsilano but the one all the way out in Surrey – Crescent Beach!

Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach

Transit:  We took the simplest way – take the Canada Line to Bridgeport and wait at Bay 2 for bus 351 straight to the terminus – Crescent Beach Park!  The whole journey was about 1.5 hours from Waterfront Station.

Bridgeport Bus Loop
Bridgeport Bus Loop

The waiting time was about 30 minutes but the bus was great!  There were compartments for backpacks and bags as well as AIR CONDITIONING!  It is a rarity in Vancouver, 100% sure of it.  The seat was a bit cramped but the air conditioning just makes such as huge difference, especially on such as hot day.

inside the bus
inside the bus

Along the way, we passed by a lot of farm lands …

on the road - farm land!
on the road – farm land!

Final stop, Crescent Beach Park!  It is a bit misleading because the beach itself is on the right hand side, probably another 15 minutes walk before getting there but the seaside here is even better!  There were fewer people and the view was great!

Arrived!
Arrived!
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park
Crescent Beach Park

However, after almost 2 hours of transit (starting from my house), it was 2 PM and we need food!

Harbour House Restaurant
Harbour House Restaurant

Since we were by the seaside, we wanted to find some sashimi but around where the bus dropped us off, there weren’t any.  There were a lot of fish and chip places though and we ended up going to one of them called Harbour House Restaurant.  Addy: 12233 Beecher St #101,

cod and fish
cod and fish

We ordered a piece of cod and french fries (which was my second one in four days) as well as a California Burger, which had my favorite – avocado!

California Burger
California Burger

After lunch, we got back into the sun.

back to the beach
back to the beach

Despite being a sunny Sunday, the beach was quaint and didn’t have as many beach-goers as I expected .. perhaps it was a bit early.

path
path

I can’t remember the last time it rained, so the water has retracted quite a bit.  However, we got to see some sea life up-close!

the seaside!
the seaside!

We wanted to go to the seaside but I felt like we went into a mudflat instead.

mudflats
mudflat
eternal mudflat
eternal mudflat

…. then came the swampy waters

swampy
swampy

… found some snails.

muddy
muddy

There were also some sacks eggs in the water, we think they are frog eggs.  There were a lot of them attached to the algae.  It was unfortunate that some of them had dried up because of the recession of water but it reminded me of luck and the nature of things.

and some fish eggs
and some eggs

We came on this way to play in the waters so we had to get there, even if it means walking through these waters …

horizon of swamp
horizon of swamp

There were also these jelly like substances in the water, it could be sacks of eggs too because there was something inside.

sea bubble
sea bubbles?

After much walking, we made it to the end!

made it!
made it!
Wa-ge Kun goes on a selfie spree
Wa-ge Kun goes on a selfie spree

There was actually a lot of broken shells along the waters so we had to put our shoes back on to prevent any cuts.

over on this side
over on this side
more kitty pics
more kitty pics
beach
beach

We were on the lake bed, therefore the sand was much softer than any of the ones I know around Vancouver.

sand and beach
sand and beach

We stake our claim on a small piece of dried land!

set up home
set up home

It was well worth the walk across all the mud 🙂

the view
the view

The tide came in later in the day and before our land was reclaimed by the waters, we packed our things and left …but it wasn’t that late so we decided to take a walk.

walk around
walk around

From afar, we can see a lot of people ….

Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach

A quick check on google map shows that we are actually at THE Crescent Beach (not exactly the one we were at).  Oops.

beach along the path
beach along the path

This side was actually quite crowded as there was parking, a flat grassy park, and lots of room for BBQ!

Crescent beach
Crescent beach

A little further is Blackie Spit, I didn’t make it that far but it is a nice place for bird watching, with over 200 bird species in the area!

blackie spit
blackie spit

Next to the beach are also some patchy grass fields and that was where all the weekend-ers went!  Some had a large family BBQ outings right there .. it was quite a scene … The grass area was also more shadier too.

I forgot to take pictures though…

Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach
Return to the bus stop
Return to the bus stop

We took the bus back to Bridgeport shortly after … it was one of the hottest day and we had our share of sunshine for the day 🙂

A Sunday in July.

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