Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association (DRBIPA) is a nonprofit society providing the community with opportunities to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of Derby Reach and Brae Island Regional Parks in Fort Langley, BC through education events, community involvement, and land preservation opportunities.
The DRBIPA Board of Directors and Park Ambassador team are a group of individuals who love the parks. We come from all walks of life and have different interests within the parks, but we all share a desire to ensure these green spaces endure for generations to come. Join us for fun annual events like the Bedford Channel Paddle or Heritage Apple Day and many other educational and recreational activities like guided nature walks and planting events.
The organization works closely with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to promote and protect the finest regional park system on our continent. We work hard to provide the public with educational and volunteer environmental stewardship opportunities. Help protect our lovely green mossy trails and natural environment – become a DRBIPA Park Ambassador! Park Ambassadors work on special projects like helping plant new shrubs to stop erosion on Brae Island and pull out ivy that is climbing trees and smothering native plants on the forest floor. Volunteers help out at events, provide trail etiquette tips to trail users, complete environmental conservation projects, and so much more! Through Pacific Parklands Foundation DRBIPA accepts donations eligible for tax receipts.
Meet The Team
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Brae Island is just north of Fort Langley across the Joseph Haldi Bridge. It features camping, canoe and kayak rentals and 2 boat launches. A 2.1 km trail parallels the waterfront overlooking Bedford Channel and then turns into the Gallery Forest to come out at the west end of the Island at Tavistock Point. A new 1.5 km loop off the main trail offers views of the main channel of the Fraser River. To get to Brae Island, go north on Glover Road, through Fort Langley, cross the Bridge and turn left into the Park parking lot.
Derby Reach covers 320 hectares of varied habitat from bog to old growth and second growth forest, riparian forest, meadows and wet lands. From the Heritage Area Parking Lot on Allard Crescent, the Houston trail crosses several waterways as it loops through picturesque second growth forest. At the half way point, there is another parking lot accessed from McKinnon Crescent. In the southwest section, the trail skirts the Langley Bog as it returns to Allard Crescent. Towards the Fraser River and across Allard Crescent from the Heritage Area Parking Lot, Edge Farm Trail runs west along the river front to Edgewater Bar. At Edgewater Bar there is camping, fishing, picnic areas, shelters and a forest trail, as well as a dog off-leash area. The TransCanada trail continues past this area to Muench Bar and on to 208 st. The Fort to Fort trail runs from the cairn opposite the Heritage Area Parking Lot on Allard Crescent east past some of the heritage apple trees in the park, linking up with the Township of Langley’s connector trail to end in Fort Langley Village. The park can be accessed from Allard Crescent (5 entry points), McKinnon Crescent, and 208 street.
The Langley Bog is a component of Derby Reach Regional Park but is closed off from public access for safety and preservation purposes. The Langley Bog contains approximately 28 hectares (70 acres) of bog forest and 80 hectares (200 acres) of mined bog, and two bog meadows. . It is bounded on the north and east sides by Allard Crescent and it extends west of 208th Avenue. Approximately 75% of the bog has been converted into cranberry fields. Another 15% was mined for peat moss between 1958 and 1980. The remaining 10% is undisturbed bog forest. Our DRBIPA Bog Restoration Committee works on special restoration projects within the Langley Bog in collaboration with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, Trinity Western University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.