What could be worse place to look for a provincial park then near a sewage treatment plant? But in Vancouver it is possible!
Iona Island is located near Vancouver International Airport (now it is no longer an island, actually) and it is known for having a sewage treatment plant. Despite that, it also has Iona Beach Provincial Park adjacent to wildlife animal refuge. The park has two jetties, the North Arm Jetty, that is, in essence, a sandbar, and Iona Jetty. The later goes almost 4 km into the sea, carrying a sewage discharge pipe. It also has two gravel trails, that is popular among cyclists and walkers. This is the place I wanted to explore.
This is a great 8-km walk, on even ground and with amazing smell of the ocean and sound of waves.
Also, what is interesting, the jetty is located pretty close to the airport. Even more, it is located just under the plane approach path for landing!!! As a result, you can see huge planes flying literally just over your head! Check out these photos!
Next time I will be meeting someone at the airport, I will just leave early to have a chance to go back and watch some planes!