Canada's Parks Day
Canada Parks Day

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Celebrate Canada's Parks Day in your local regional parks with this nature sampler. From the open fields at Colony Farm Regional Park to the rugged wilderness of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, discover regional parks and reconnect with nature. This is a great opportunity to try something new. Become a forest detective and help solve a mystery. Get up close and personal with marine creatures. Watch for fluttering bats as they emerge at dusk. There's something for everyone. The hardest part will be choosing which activities to go to!

Browse through the nature program sampler menu below to find an activity that captivates your interest.

All programs are free of charge and are suitable for children and adults unless otherwise noted.

What is Canada's Parks Day?

“Canada's Parks Day takes place on the 3rd Saturday of July each year. [It] is an annual event where thousands of people participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.”

 Canadian Parks Council

Nature Sampler Menu

Programs are still being added. Please keep checking back for more fun and exciting activities.


  • Bear Necessities - 11 am - 1 pm - Kanaka Creek Regional Park

    Ever wondered what to do in a bear encounter? Learn about typical bear behaviour, how to read the animal, and ways to minimize the chance of an encounter.

    Meet at the riverfront, south of Lougheed Highway and River Road, Maple Ridge.

    Hosted by the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS).

    All ages, Free, Drop-in

    Information: 604-530-4983

  • Bedford Channel Paddle - 10 am – noon - Brae Island Regional Park

    Try your skill in a kayak or be part of a group paddling a 12-seat voyageur canoe. Meet at day use parking lot near park entrance.
    All equipment provided.

    Presented by the Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association

    Registration not required.

  • Butterfly Tea Party - 1 pm – 4 pm - Campbell Valley Regional Park

    Celebrate butterflies by dressing up like a butterfly and sipping iced tea in our beautiful wildlife garden. Learn about native butterflies and their host plants from butterfly experts like WildResearch and Langley Environmental Partners Society. Complete a butterfly passport to earn a button.

    Activities include:

    • storytelling by Fraser Valley Regional Library staff
    • a craft in the Campbell Valley Nature House - face painting
    • butterfly behaviour and life cycle games
    • caterpillar handling
    • a chance to hold and feed butterflies
    • a butterfly release and native plant raffle at the end of the event

    Meet at the Campbell Valley Nature House located at20285 8th Avenue, Langley, South Valley park entrance.

    Registration not required.

  • Celebrating Creepy Crawlies - 10 am - 4 pm - Burnaby Lake Regional Park

    Explore the amazing world of bugs. Go on a bug hunt with a park interpreter and zoom in with a microscope. Join the Environmental Youth Alliance on a search for local bees. Check out a collection of intriguing invertebrates from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Make your own wearable “bug bling” craft.

    Thanks to these exhibitors for helping us celebrate:

    Environmental Youth Alliance

    Beaty Biodiversity Museum

    BC Wildlife Federation

    Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House.

    Presented with the Burnaby Lake Park Association.

    Registration not required.

  • Celebrating the Seashore - 11 am – 2 pm - Belcarra Regional Park

    Join us for an up-close look at sea creatures found at Belcarra. Watch barnacles eat with their feet, touch a Dungeness crab and get your face painted for free by Belcarra’s Beachkeepers. Participate in the 11:00 AM beach seine with Seacology and catch and release some local sea creatures.

    Enjoy interactive exhibits by these event exhibitors:

    Parks Canada – green screen photo booth and marine touch table

    Port of Vancouver – interactive games, selfie booth and colouring table

    Port Moody Ecological Society and the Noons Creek Hatchery

    Vancouver Aquarium

    Seacology – meet live sea creatures on display from noon to 2 pm

    Meet at Belcarra picnic area.

    Registration not required.

  • Critter Capers: The Case of the Missing Berries - 11 am – 3 pm - Pacific Spirit Regional Park

    The chickadee wants to feed her four hungry chicks their first taste of berries but all of the berries in her berry patch have gone missing! Who stole the chickadee’s berries? It’s up to you to find out!

    Park interpreters will show you how to put your sleuthing skills to the test by becoming a forest detective and help Chickadee solve the mystery of the missing berries. Walk the self- guided route to uncover hidden motives, match tracks and follow the evidence to crack the case.

    Presented with the Pacific Spirit Park Society

    Meet at 16th Ave parking lot, 400m west of Blanca St.

    Registration not required.

  • Hiking Smart - 9 am – noon - Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

    Before hitting the trail, take a moment to check out the latest information about hiking essentials. Chat with Adventure Smart representatives and a Metro Vancouver Park Interpreter to learn how you should properly prepare for a hike.

    Meet at park kiosk opposite BC Mills House.

    Registration not required.

  • Stories Under the Stars - 7:30 – 9:30 pm - Colony Farm Regional Park

    Listen to children’s stories about bats and other wildlife, then watch and count bats as they emerge at dusk.

    Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.

    Registration required./p>

     Click here to register

Parks Photo Contest 


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Did You Know?

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

  • ​provide habitat for black bears, mountain lions, black widow spiders and rough-skinned newts.
  • are a stopover for over 1.2 million Western sandpipers migrating south in the fall.
  • have a total area of 145km2 which is bigger than the entire city of Vancouver (115km2).
  • sees over 10 million visits each year.
  • are seasonally home for birds ranging in size from tiny hummingbirds (wingspan 4-5 inches) to bald eagles (winspan 6-7 feet).
  • have old growth Douglas-fir and Grand fir trees.
  • provide a place to walk that is proven to reduce levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure.
  • are home to Hollywood frogs. Listen for them the next time you watch a movie - you're sure to hear the Pacific Chorus Frog.