North Delta: This raised bog is the largest on the West Coast

Burns Bog is the largest raised peat bog and the largest undeveloped urban land mass on the west coast of the Americas. (Black Press Media file photo)Burns Bog is the largest raised peat bog and the largest undeveloped urban land mass on the west coast of the Americas. (Black Press Media file photo)
People walk through the Delta Nature Reserve during the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Earth Day Pilgrimage. (Grace Kennedy/ Black Press Media file photo)People walk through the Delta Nature Reserve during the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Earth Day Pilgrimage. (Grace Kennedy/ Black Press Media file photo)

Adjacent to North Delta lies the immense Burns Bog, and at some 3,000 hectares, it’s the largest raised peat bog on the west coast of the Americas, and the largest undeveloped urban land mass as well.

(Bogs are a wetland habitat that features peat that has piled up at least 30 centimetres. A raised bog is a bog where so much peat has developed that the ground surface is higher than the water table.)

Burns Bog is more than 10,000 years old, and is an important stop for birds on the Pacific Flyway.

It’s home to more than 300 plant and animal species and 175 bird species.

It’s also a nesting place for sandhill cranes.

However, although the bog is more than 40 square kilometres in size, only a small portion of it is accessible to the public.

Visitors can gain access from an area on its eastern side called the Delta Nature Reserve.

Access to the Delta Nature Reserve is restricted during the COVID-19. For more information, check this website.

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