Explore Metro Vancouver with the 2017 Parks Passport Program

metro vancouver parks passport program

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Need a bit more motivation to get outside and into a park this year? The Metro Vancouver Parks Passport Program is perfect for the people that love a bit of a challenge with their afternoon adventures in nature.

The passport program includes parks all over Metro Vancouver from Bowen Island to Mission, BC (about an hour away from Downtown Vancouver). The initiative was created to give residents and visitors to Vancouver an extra reason to visit some of the amazing parks that are in close proximity to the city. The passport is free and gives you a chance to win awards – what more could you want!

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Explore Metro Vancouver with the 2017 Parks Passport Program

Vancouver – BC’s Self-Propelled Adventure Capital

Photo: Rob Weiss

Victoria may be the capital city of our gorgeous province, but I contend Vancouver is the Self-Propelled Adventure capital of Super Natural British Columbia.  What do I mean by self-propelled adventure? In truth, there are no rules or classifications, however, to be recognized as a self-propelled adventurist, you must embark on a journey that is solely human powered.  Bike, hike, paddle, run, walk, glide, or skate. The only limit is your imagination, and maybe your fitness level.

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Vancouver – BC’s Self-Propelled Adventure Capital

Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

Sunrise Bedford Channel Photo: Rob Weiss

2017 promises to be an epic year for parks and parties! Our beloved Canada is turning 150, and in honour of this epic birthday, Parks Canada is offering their Discovery Pass granting visitors free admission to our world renowned National Park network. Closer to home, there is another special anniversary of note. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is celebrating 50 years of “hikes, dog walks and morning runs among centuries-old trees.”

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Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

A Moment of Zen – Vancouver’s Fraser River Park

Fraser River Park Walking Trails Photo: Rob Weiss

Overcome by the hustle and bustle, the festivities, the galas and the glitz we sometimes forget to simply relax and breathe.  Often, during the festive season, I find myself craving quiet, outdoor moments to bring balance to my days.  Fortunately, Vancouver is home to a wide variety of wonderful parks, gardens and of course spectacular beaches.  From intimate neighbourhood green spaces to larger, feature destinations like Stanley Park or Queen Elizabeth Park, our city has much to offer.  In fact, park space makes up 11% of Vancouver’s land mass, so you do not need to look far to find for your moment of Zen.

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A Moment of Zen – Vancouver’s Fraser River Park

Kids In Vancouver: Enjoy a Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Vancouver is rich with lush landscapes and gorgeous gardens, offering a range of destinations for visitors who are looking to enjoy the city’s natural surroundings.

Strolling through the picturesque parks is a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the scenery, but Queen Elizabeth Park, located in the heart of the city, offers so much more to see and do than just gaze at flowers and trek past trees. Here’s how to spend a day at Queen Elizabeth Park with kids in Vancouver – rain or shine. Continue reading:
Kids In Vancouver: Enjoy a Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

Five Fun Vancouver Off-leash Zones

Fraser View Park || Photo Credit: Flickr/Ruth Hartnup

Fraser View Park || Photo Credit: Flickr/Ruth Hartnup

We all know that Vancouver has some stunning parks – 220 city green spaces, gardens and parks to be exact.

Visiting these parks with your pooch is generally an on-leash affair, but for those wanting to let their hairy best friends run free, 36 off-leash areas exist across the city. To optimize your off-leash explorations, Vancouver Parks Board  has conveniently mapped out all of the parks, including off-leash areas here.

There is one dog for every six Vancouverites, so doggy/owner etiquette is paramount when hanging out dog off-leash parks. Common sense and Vancouver Park Board guidelines remind dog owners to: license your dog, clean up, keep him/her in control and stay in the designated off-leash areas.

Below you’ll find a little anthology of some of my favourite dog off-leash zones. I would love to hear about yours – where do you take your canine best friend for an off-leash frolic? Continue reading:
Five Fun Vancouver Off-leash Zones

Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

August is the best month in Vancouver. The sun shines, people take advantage of all our city has to offer. From water sports to Playland to farmer’s markets, Vancouverites and our guests flood our outdoor spaces seeking vitamin D and summery good times.

Unfortunately, August also spells the last full month that city-run public pools are open. You have between two weeks and a month to pack your pool bag to do some laps or splash it up with your kids or suntan-dip-repeat before Vancouver’s five outdoor public pools close next month.

Here’s a quick guide to poolside fun in Vancouver before our summer fades away and the gates close on Vancouver’s outdoor pools until next year.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun