Last Sunday I loaded up my bike and headed out to Richmond to meet my bookish-friend Abby for a cycle along the West Dyke Trail. In the summer I’d done the South Dyke Trail solo and Abby mentioned later that I should give a shout if I wanted company cycling.

Well, it took us a while to end up working out a date/time, but we did it! And although I was under-dressed for the weather, it was a lot of fun. Reminder to self: long-sleeved shirt and fleece vest does not cut it in the winter.

Richmond's Olympic Oval on a sunny winter day

Richmond's Olympic Oval on a sunny winter day


I met Abby at 1:00pm at the Richmond Olympic Oval, which marks the beginning of Richmond’s West Dyke Trail, and off we went.

North Shore Mountains and YVR Airport

North Shore Mountains and YVR Airport

Viewpoint along Richmond's West Dyke Trail

Viewpoint along Richmond's West Dyke Trail

Stopping for a quick break and some photosAbby kept pace with me since I am less fit (and have asthma) but we still had a good pace. Slow and steady wins the race and we certainly got our heart rate going, which is the whole point.

It took us about an hour and a bit to get to Steveston village, a neighbourhood in Richmond.

Steveston is well-known for it’s seaside location and fisheries. You can get lots of fresh seafood at the Steveston markets as well as stop for a coffee and bite to eat, which is what we did.

As we passed through Minoru Park, we stopped in awe of the sight we found. What looked like a giant ice rink was in the middle of the park.

We quickly agreed that it must be a frozen puddle. For one, it really doesn’t get cold enough in Vancouver to freeze even a pond thick enough to support skaters. And for two, Minoru Park doesn’t have a pond.

Frozen puddle in Steveston is a makeshift ice rink

Frozen puddle in Steveston is a makeshift ice rink

We took a break at Waves and basked in the sun outdoors despite the cold air.

As the sun began to dip in the sky we finished our coffee at Waves, put our helmets back on and kicked up our bike stands. Every day gets a little bit longer, but the sun was going to begin setting around 4:30 pm and it was already at least -2