Barnston Island, Surrey

#8 of 17 in Parks in Surrey
Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Barnston Island is an unincorporated island located in the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area of British Columbia, Canada. Most of the island is part of the Greater Vancouver Electoral Area A; the remainder is Barnston Island Indian Reserve No. 3, which is outside Electoral Area A limits and is under the governance of the Katzie First Nation, headquartered across the river at their main reserve in Pitt Meadows. Although the island is unincorporated and not officially part of any municipality, mailing addresses on the island use Surrey as the city name.

Located in the Fraser River between Surrey and Pitt Meadows, Barnston Island was named in 1827 for Hudson's Bay Company Clerk George Barnston. The island has no direct road access to the rest of the area. It is accessed through the Barnston Island Ferry, a short 5-minute ferry route from Surrey on 104 Avenue across Parson's Channel; the ferry ride is free. Barnston Island's main road travels along the perimeter of the island.

Barnston Island contains mostly farmland and is home to a total population of 155 people (2001 census), 46 of whom live on the Barnston Island 3 Indian Reserve, located near the southeast part of the island. Statistics Canada defines the island as Vancouver CMA Census Tract 0251.00 of British Columbia.
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  • The boat trip across is short but interesting. There is a ring road around the island. Go left from the boat lately because of the Covid 19. The far east end which looks toward the golden ears bridge....  more »
  • Great trip around the island. No traffic, is remote, minimal services. It is what it is. The people with negative (1-2 star ratings) simply need to stay home. Suggest read up on it before you go.....  more »
  • A beautiful place for an afternoon bicycle ride/picnic. This place hasn't noticeably changed in generations. Little free ferry over, Zero amenities on the island except a public washroom and a bit of helpful signage. Come prepared to be self sufficient!
  • There is no parking lot.. but you can drive around the beautiful island..

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