Matsqui Trail vs. Horn Creek: Vote in our best-park bracket

Matsqui Trail vs. Horn Creek: Vote in our best-park bracket

This August, we’re showcasing local parks, and hoping you will tell us which is your favourite

Abbotsford is blessed with dozens of parks, some among the very best in the Lower Mainland. And although everybody loves Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford has dozens of other parks as well. Some parks you may have never heard of. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be running a Final Four-style bracket that pits Abbotsford’s lesser-loved parks against one another. Proclaim your favourite park and see if you’re in the majority. At the end, we’ll set the favourite against Mill Lake and see if its backers can help it knock off the city’s crown jewel. At the end of the day, hopefully you will find a new park to explore.

You can vote below and on individual Park Vs. Park pages. Find those all here. You can also vote on separate polls our Facebook page. The results will be tallied separately, depending on where you vote. The winner will be determined by merging the two sets of results together.

For the first round, we’ll be posting two contests each day this week. Results will be tabulated next Monday.

Matsqui Trail Regional Park vs. Horn Creek Park

6. Matsqui Trail Regional Park boasts spectacular views of the Fraser River, and trails both just above the river level and on the dyke above. The park also features a trailhead for equestrian riders, a quiet picnic area, and kilometres of fishing-friendly shoreline. Walking the whole trail could take hours. Plans are also in the works to add a boat launch. You may want to visit the eastern part of the trail sooner rather than later: erosion is eating away at the shore of the Fraser River

TRAIL MAP

RELATED: Erosion on Fraser River may threaten Matsqui dyke

13. It’s tempting to lump Horn Creek Park in with other stretches of urban trails in Abbotsford, but it’s worth pausing for a second to consider this under-appreciated beauty. The park is squeezed between residential developments and parking is almost non-existant. Nevertheless, its trail provides an urban oasis and a look into what many areas of Abbotsford once looked like. The southwestern portion of the park is also set to get a new trailhead – but will also see new development push up against its edge. And speaking of erosion, Horn Creek showed its power last year, prompting the temporary closure of a segment of trail.

RELATED: Horn Creek slide shouldn’t impact nearby development: staff

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Voting is also open for the following match-ups:

Sumas Mountain Regional Park vs. Matsqui Village

Rotary Stadium/Exhibition Field vs. Berry Park

Aldergrove Regional vs. Ravine Park

Fishtrap Creek vs. Old Riverside

Clearbrook/Downes vs. Maclure Park

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