Spring is in full swing over here, and I can’t tell you how much we’ve been enjoying the sunshine after the long, cold winter we’ve had. It’s the perfect time to get outside and explore your local parks and forests! Today we want to share a really cool local spot with you: Redwood Park in South Surrey, BC. With an large forest full of dozens of exotic tree species, over 5 kilometres of nature trails, and a wheelchair-accessible playground, it’s the perfect place for kids and families to enjoy the spring sunshine.
Redwood Park was established by Peter and David Brown, deaf twin brothers born to one of Surrey’s earliest pioneering families. In 1881, their father gave them 80 acres of land for their 21st birthday. Instead of farming it, the brothers planted their favourite trees from all around the world, including the largest stand of Sierra Redwood trees north of California. and built a treehouse in the middle of the new forest where they lived until their deaths in 1949 and 1958. The Brown brothers’ treehouse has burned down more than once, but you can still see a replica of the original standing in the centre of the park.
But adventurous children will find more than a simple treehouse here. Redwood Park also holds a magical secret.
Hidden away in the heart of the forest is an enchanted land full of fairy houses.
Hundreds of unique fairy houses hang from branches, perch on logs, and hide in tree hollows.
Many fairy homes are painted in bright colours and decorated with ornaments fit for a fairy princess.
Others are constructed from natural materials designed to blend in to the forest. Look carefully!
Kids can add a crafted fairy house from home or create a little magic of their own!
I can’t imagine a better place to spend an enchanted afternoon peering behind trees, under leaves, and inside houses hoping to catch a glimpse of fairy wings.
Redwood Park is located at 17900 – 20 Avenue in Surrey, BC. Take the Family Fun loop and keep your eyes open for fairy magic!