Pacific Spirit Regional Park was established in 1989 as a natural forest preserve adjacent to the city of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia. Expansing over 760 hectares, the park consists of lush, dense forests that separate UBC and Vancouver, and beautiful shorelines, including the popular “Wreck Beach”, that run along the Point Grey Peninsula going from the Burrard Inlet in the North, to the Fraser River in the South.
The park consists of 73KM of forest trails that are frequented by walkers, runners, cyclists, and horse riders, while the foreshore attracts naturalists, sun-worshipers and water-lovers. There are a variety of ecosystems in the Park such as beaches, streams, wetlands, forests and meadows, that all provide a unique habitat for a range of local wildlife.
For runners in the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the first glimpse of the Park is at the bottom of the illustrious Camosun hill. After climbing away from SW Marine Dr, runners wind along the perimeter of Pacific Spirit Park on roads that are bordered with large evergreen trees and extensive greenery making it feel like they are running through a spectacular tree-lined tunnel.