Explore Your Regional ParksExplore Your Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassC141969792A144B1A9AE7DFF726D270B"><p>Come and explore your Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, including over 27 great places for you to connect with nature. Walk-on the ferry and bring a picnic to Bowen Island's <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/crippen-regional-park?utm_source=newsletter36&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Crippen Regional Park</a>, or travel east and enjoy a beautiful walk at<a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/aldergrove-regional-park" target="_blank"> Aldergrove Regional Park</a>. With 25 more natural areas in between, there's one for you. </p><p>The regional park service was established in 1967 and is operated by Metro Vancouver, though many programs and initiatives are led and supported by a variety of park associations, such as the Pacific Parklands Foundation, non-profit societies and volunteers. Regional parks offer special events, interpretive and school programs. For many of us they also offer a place for contemplation, relief from a busy urban life, and opportunity to connect with nature. Their very existence reminds us to connect to, and take care of, the place we live. </p><p>Managing this vast system (it's over 14,500 hectares and gets over 10 million visitors annually) requires strong leadership, services and plans. </p><p>These videos of your Regional Parks and Greenspaces might give you some fresh ideas of places to visit.</p><ul><li><a href="http://bcove.me/0s9coqht" target="_blank">A day at the beach</a> (2013) features a variety of beach and water access areas</li><li><a href="http://bcove.me/3nylhdtw" target="_blank">The Sustainable Region</a> (March 2015) features park reserves, public volunteer programs and the Get Out! Youth program </li><li>Many Regional Parks have their own introductory videos: <a href="http://bcove.me/fnlfnkpi" target="_blank">Boundary Bay</a>, <a href="http://bcove.me/jzy6ffgj" target="_blank">Minnekhada</a> and <a href="http://bcove.me/m7qdg3cr" target="_blank">Tynehead</a> are just a few. </li></ul></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-regionalparks.jpg2015-08-26T07:00:00ZGP0|#0774283d-71f2-4a07-ae02-062bba6e3fd0;L0|#00774283d-71f2-4a07-ae02-062bba6e3fd0|Issue 12;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass7861655571344C768E34DB7690B5EA4C"><p>​Your regional park system includes over 27 great places for you to connect with nature. These parks offer special events, interpretive and school programs. For many of us they also offer a place for contemplation, relief from a busy urban life, and opportunity to connect with nature. </p></div>0