- Watershed: Upper Bulkley
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance from Houston: 0-10km
- Cell Coverage: Yes
- Cell Service
Houston has many trail experiences within town limits. The North Side Park Trails traverse along Buck Creek and Bulkley River. Only a few older signs exist on these trails, but they are heavily used and easy to follow.
The area around the trails is primarily Black Cottonwood flood ecosystem. These ecosystems are rare in the southern areas of the province due to their conversion to farm land. Black Cottonwoods thrive on wet sites where it can form large stands and can grow where other trees cannot. Generally they can reach 40 metres in height, but have been documented as tall as 60 metres. Black Cottonwoods also provide habitat for a variety of birds.
Several small beaches are located along the trails. Depending on the year these beaches can have large sandbars to enjoy on a hot summer day. During July and August the water levels can be quite low and be very warm for some swimming
The Duck Pond trails are great for all ages, and is well Suited for young families with strollers. The observation platform is a good area to view and feed ducks. Please don’t feed the ducks bread. Bread and similar products such as crackers, chips, donuts and popcorn are a great source of carbohydrates but they offer little other nutritional value for ducks, waterfowl and other birds. In fact, bread is the equivalent to junk food for the birds, and too much bread can lead to excessive weight and malnutrition as well as many other problems. Try frozen peas (defrosted), cracked corn, barley, bird seed from your local feed store.
These trails are a bit rustic, but are suitable for walking the dog, biking, trail running, or just a nice walk. The fall colours in this deciduous forest are stunning and birds can be heard throughout. No signs are currently up, but this forested area is separated from Four Seasons Park by a chain link feNorth south along the eastern most trail.
Information can be found at the Tourist Info-centre in Steelhead Park on Highway 16