Winter walks in Regional Parks Winter walks in Regional Parks <div class="ExternalClassA81851C049544F4D8016CE24973F139F"><p>Winter is a beautiful time to visit your nearest regional park to walk in the shelter of a deep green forest and  enjoy views of snow-covered peaks. What you will find no matter which park you visit is fresh air, the cheerful sounds of winter birds and time to catch your breath and connect with nature.</p><p>Just be sure to dress warmly, wear solid footwear and tuck an umbrella in your backpack. Weather can change quickly in any setting, and once you're on a trail, you'll want to have the right equipment on hand, not back in your car. </p><p>Here are some tips to keep you safe and comfortable on a winter walk:</p><ul><li><p>Bring a buddy or better yet a group, and stick together.</p></li><li><p>Always let someone know where you're going and when to expect you back.</p></li><li><p>Allow time to return before sunset. If you're walking or hiking in forest or in a valley, plan on exiting at least 30 minutes before sunset, as it gets dark earlier in the trees or shadows of the mountains. </p></li><li><p>Carry a flashlight or headlamp.</p></li><li><p>Bring water (or a warm flask of hot chocolate) and a snack.</p></li></ul><p>Winter walks leave you feeling refreshed and calm in what can be a hectic time of year. Making sure you are safe and warm ensures you'll do just that. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-winter-walks.jpg2016-12-16T08:00:00ZGP0|#77c8bf31-ba4e-4420-81d0-cfb64b6f8744;L0|#077c8bf31-ba4e-4420-81d0-cfb64b6f8744|Issue 27;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass7C81146100C24AF59CAAA939ACA2459E"><p>​Need to catch your breath? Grab a friend and visit your nearest regional park for a winter walk to connect with nature. Tips on what to wear to stay safe and warm. </p></div>0Take a break from holiday stresses. The more the merrier! (Capilano River Regional Park)