Beat the summer heat in a regional parkBeat the summer heat in a regional park<div class="ExternalClassE2BE0B6379134CB4B8C90B8DE14F4C38"><p>Whether you want to wander through the intertidal zone at a beach or stroll along forested trails, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks offers the perfect summer escape – a place where you can dive into nature or learn more about it.</p><p>Visitors were recently drawn to the shaded forests and cool riverside breeze at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park for the annual Wilderness at your Doorstep event, where hikers had a chance to practice using backcountry safety gear and learn about wildlife they might encounter in this truly wild regional park. They were also invited to learn about the men and women who came here seeking adventure and fortune long before the park was established.</p><p>Metro Vancouver hopes to entice more residents to its regional parks during its 50th anniversary this year. Discover the creatures that live below low tide at Belcarra Regional Park (July 22), star gaze at Aldergrove Regional Park (August 12), or explore lantern lit trails at Deas Island Regional Park (August 19). Information about these and other programs is available in the <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Check it Out program guide</a>.</p><p>Here are tips to keep you safe and comfortable on a summer amble or more vigorous hike:</p><ul><li>Bring extra water and stay hydrated. </li><li>Wear solid footwear, not sandals</li><li>Plan your route with enough time to return before sunset</li><li>Check trail conditions before heading out, especially on mountainous hikes that still have winter-like conditions even in the summer.</li><li>Research your route and carry a map.</li></ul><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/219987709" target="_blank">Watch this video</a> for more tips. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-RegionalParks.jpg2017-06-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#4559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712;L0|#04559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712|Issue 33;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassDAFED64770C24D0ABB3C8F11E67873D2"><p>​Whether you want to wander through the intertidal zone at a beach or stroll along forested trails, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks offers the perfect summer escape – a place where you can dive into nature or learn more about it.</p></div>0Wilderness at your Doorstep draws nature enthusiasts as they head out to the backcountry at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park