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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mommy Date: Bog Walk

One of the amazing things about living in BC is all the natural beauty around us.
I have lived here my whole life and am still discovering some local gems. This week my Mom group organized a walk through Burns Bog in Delta, and I can't wait to go back.

If you live in or are familiar with the area, you've probably heard of Burns Bog. One of the Moms in our group is very knowledgeable about the Bog and offered to play tour guide for us. It was like having our own private eco tour.

To get into the Bog, you have to park at the local ice arena and enter off a paved path. There are 2 options for walking through this part of the Bog: a short, inner path that takes approx. half an hour to walk, and a longer, outer path that takes approx. an hour to walk. We were lucky to have cooperative babies, so were able to go along both paths.

Our Mommy tour guide told us about some of the plants and creatures that are indigenous to the Bog, how the early Natives used the plants (skunk cabbage diapers anyone???), and stories/ legends about the Bog. We were warned not to step off the plank path, since the Bog consists of 20 metres of peat! While the ground looks solid, it it hard to tell by appearance alone where the sink holes are (think muddy quicksand). A partially submerged tractor along one of the paths is a reminder to be cautious; legend goes that the driver sunk with the tractor, and it continues to sink at a rate of 1/2 inch each year.

The nice thing about the plank path (see photo above) is that it's stroller friendly. Since the Bog is open year- round, there is chicken wire along one side for traction during the rain & snow. The path is built and maintained by volunteers, and they are currently in the process of adding an additional plank path to connect the two routes through the Bog. 

To find out some ways to support the Bog, check out their online store here. (I'm not sure if they sell it online, but you can buy a tea made from a plant found in the Bog- Labrador tea! I'm adding to my 'gotta try it' list).

For more info, check out the Burns Bog Society website. If you're new or unfamiliar to the area, see the link for  a map & directions . I hope you get a chance to go to this beautiful place! It's beautiful rain or shine!


Stroller dashboard shot!

Labrador Tea! Gotta try it!

The infamous sunken tractor.

Trying out the 'safe' part of the Bog to walk on. 
With 20m of peat below, the ground is very soft