Wildlife Viewing Platform

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This year, 2016, Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association has undertaken an exciting new project within our lovely park!  We are in the process of building a viewing platform on the Houston Trail so that park visitors can observe the little known and secluded Langley Bog.

This new viewing platform will give our park visitors wonderful vistas over the bog waters – as well as views of the distant Southern Coast mountains.  Here, platform visitors can observe waterfowl or listen to the many different birds songs, or just enjoy the view.  The bog is also home to the rare and endangered Sandhill Crane.

This project has been undertaken by DRBIPA board members, along with financial donations from Pacific Parklands Foundation, Langley Rotary Club, plus several others, and the hard work of kind volunteer helpers.  We hope to have the viewing platform available for use by the fall of 2016!

Watch for the announcement of the grand opening coming soon!


A wetland is a low-lying area of land that is saturated with moisture, especially when regarded as the natural habitat of wildlife. It is characterized as having a water table that stands at or near the land surface for a long enough period each year to support aquatic plants.  Marshes, swamps, and bogs are examples of wetlands.

A MARSH: A marsh is a tract of low wetland, often treeless and periodically inundated with water, and generally characterized by a growth of grasses, sedges, cattails, and rushes with herbaceous rather than woody plant species.  Marshes can often be found at the edges of lakes and streams, where they form a transition between the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

A BOG: A bog is an area of wet, spongy ground consisting mainly of decayed or decaying peat moss (sphagnum) and other vegetation.  Bogs form as the dead vegetation sinks to the bottom of a lake or pond where it decays slowly to form peat. The gradual accumulation of decayed plant material in a bog functions as a carbon sink.

A SWAMP: A swamp is a wetland that is forested.  It is an area of low-lying wet or seasonally-flooded land, often having trees and dense shrubs or thickets. The water of a swamp may be fresh water or brackish water. Some swamps have hammocks or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation or vegetation that tolerates periodic inundation.

From Environment Canada Website.