Barnet marine park is one of the most popular beaches in the lower mainland BC. But then again, there are tons of beautiful beaches in BC. Boat launches, swimming, walking, hiking, fishing, and picnic sites are among a few things that attracts many to this beach. Dog owners in BC can come for a nice walk/hike while allowing their dog to roam freely due to its dog off-leash policy.
For most, walking their dog along the Barnet trail is splendid but for me, this location is ideal for a nice day of crabbing. Barnet marine park has plenty of casual crabbers and a few commercial crabbers. You will often see inflatable boats parked on beaches and many more boats in the river moving around to claim their crab traps. There is never a short supply of buoys in the water. Many crabbers use milk jugs and detergent bottles as their buoys. To the untrained eye, the milk jugs and buoys may appear to be floating garbage but most people will know that they are buoys to the crab cages.
The Marine Park has an abundance of trees and shrubs providing a feeling of a ‘get away’ and yet still being close to the city if an emergency calls. Plenty of tall trees mean plenty of shades during the hot summer. There are plenty of picnic spots if you arrive early. Unfortunately, with Barnet’s growing popularity for its beautiful lake side view, picnic tables are always taken after 12:00 noon. The parking will also be troublesome for a few since it fills up very fast. Fortunately Barnet offers an off site parking lot which is extremely large and rarely fills to maximum capacity. The off site parking lot is located across the road from the beach making it extremely easy to find and minimizes the traveling time from parking lot to the beach.
The only complaint people have is the railroad tracks that run beside Barnet Marine Park. Trains come by often and causes a lot of noise. For a few, this noise takes them out of their pleasant beach feeling but most do not mind. The noise from the trains generally last a couple of minutes.
Barnet Marine Park Crabbing
I love Barnet as a child having BBQ’s with my family. I love dungeness crabs as well. I often find myself looking at the crabbers on the water especially when they pull up their crab traps. It was exciting to see what they have caught. So when I had the opportunity to go crabbing with a friend, I began gathering the necessary gear that would allow me to go dungeness crabbing. There are tons of crabbers that throw their half circle type traps off the pier so naturally I tried doing this method but I never catch anything.It was always a pleasant day at the beach though. When I traded in my half circle traps for an inflatable boat and rectangular traps, I began to see results. It was exciting pulling up the cage with five to ten dungeness crabs inside the crab trap. Unfortunately the resource has been depleting due to illegal crabbing and over crabbing. I do my part by staying to the daily limit of 4 legal size crabs and releasing all the females. Unfortunately there are individuals that take more than the daily limit which will eventually lead to depleting the resources of Barnet Marine Park.
Below are a few pictures of Barnet Marine Park taken with my camera. For more pictures of the dungeness crabs, please click here.