Travel Through Time

Celebrating 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
1967 to 2017

1966

A Regional Parks Plan for the Lower Mainland Region is created to meet the outdoor recreation needs of Lower Mainland residents (Population = 1 million)

1960s - 1970s

50 Year History of Regional Parks - Part 1: Land for Leisure

1967

The Vancouver-Fraser Park District is formed to carry out the plan. Its priority: acquire land "while it is available and before prices rise too much"

1969

The first regional parks open to the public

Aldergrove Regional Park (Abbotsford / Langley)
Belcarra Regional Park (Belcarra / Anmore / Port Moody)
Boundary Bay Regional Park (Delta)
Capilano River Regional Park (North Vancouver / West Vancouver)
Campbell Valley Regional Park (Langley)
Kanaka Creek Regional Park (Maple Ridge)

1971

The fish hatchery is built at Capilano River Regional Park

1972

Regional Parks become part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. "Parks are the region’s breathing spaces."

1978

Derby Reach Regional Park (Langley) is opened to the public.

1979

Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Burnaby) is established. Regional Parks begins offering nature education programs

1981-1989

Seven more regional parks are opened:

Deas Island Regional Park (Delta)
Minnekhada Regional Park (Coquitlam)
Crippen Regional Park (Bowen Island)
Matsqui Trail Regional Park (Abbotsford)
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park (North Vancouver)
Tynehead Regional Park (Surrey)
Pacific Spirit Regional Park (Vancouver)

1980s - 1990s

50 Year History of Regional Parks: Part 2 - Lions, Tigers & Bears

1990s

Development pressure raises public interest in conserving large, undyked Fraser River floodplains, leading to the acquisition of land in 1995 for a future park.

1990

Iona Beach Regional Park is established (Richmond)

1991

Lynn Headwaters Regional park becomes largest regional park in the system at 3,700 hectares.

1992-1996

Five more regional parks and one regional park reserve added to the system:

Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve (Port Coquitlam)
Glen Valley Regional Park (Langley / Abbotsford)
Barnston Island Regional Park (Electoral Area A)
Brae Island Regional Park (Langley)

Fraser Islands Regional Park Reserve (Richmond/Burnaby)

Colony Farm Regional Park (Coquitlam / Port Coquitlam)

1999

Minnekhada Regional Park hosts a study to minimize impacts on its resident bats, especially a colony of Townsend’s big-eared-bats, a species-at-risk.

2000

Blaney Bog Regional Park Reserve is established (Maple Ridge)

2000s

50 Year History of Regional Parks: Part 3 - Protect & Connect

2002

Thwaytes Landing Regional Park (North Vancouver) is established with a goal of maintaining the biodiversity of BC’s southernmost fjord. & Brunette-Fraser Regional Greenway (Burnaby / New Westminster) is opened to the public.

2004

Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area (Delta) & Codd Wetland Ecological Conservancy Area (Maple Ridge)

2005

As development in the region increases and greenspace decreases, there is an emphasis on conservation and sustainability.

2007

Pitt River Regional Greenway (Pitt Meadows) & North Alouette Regional Greenway (Maple Ridge)

2010

Delta South Surrey Regional Greenway (Delta / Surrey)

2011

Seymour River Regional Greenway (North Vancouver) & Sumas Mountain Interregional Park (Abbotsford)

2015

Enhancement project at Campbell Valley Regional Park supports wetland and pollinator meadow habitat.

2016

Regional Parks Plan updated

Goal 1: Protect important natural areas to contribute to the liveability of the region and enhance connections with other parks or natural areas.

Goal 2: Within the context of natural area protection, provide opportunities for people to connect with, enjoy, be active and learn about the environment.

2016

Surrey Bend Regional Park is established (Surrey)

Now

With a population of 2.5 million people and growing, what comes next?