Kids In Vancouver: Whoosh Down The Waterslides At Splashdown

River Run, Splashdown Park | Photo: Splashdown Park

River Run, Splashdown Park | Photo: Splashdown Park

Fond memories swirl in the minds of local parents who visit Splashdown Park with their kids this Summer. Watching as their little splashers whoosh down the winding watersides and twirl in tubes down the River Run, nostalgic flashbacks of early childhood days flood their thoughts.

Since 1983, Splashdown Waterpark has been a local Summer staple, epitomizing childhood fun for kids and parents alike. Unfortunately, after 33 years, Greater Vancouver’s favourite (and only) waterslide park will be closing its doors permanently at the end of this Summer.

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Kids In Vancouver: Whoosh Down The Waterslides At Splashdown

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

BC boasts a bounty of beautiful lakes, attracting tourists from around the world to swim, boat and enjoy a quiet lakeside getaway, but there are some lesser-known watering holes located right in the Metro Vancouver area that are equally as enchanting.

All less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, these 4 lakes are worth the short trek, even if some are not suitable for swimming. Stroll, bike, bird watch, picnic or play in one of these sweet little sanctuaries, without having to leave the comforts of the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

The University of British Columbia (UBC) campus is no longer a secluded stomping ground suited only for university students and staff. The sprawling arboreous land has evolved into a thriving community fit for young families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts, regardless of educational aspirations.

Located at the centre of Vancouver’s westernmost peninsula, and surrounded by old-growth forest, Wesbrook Village is the perfect spot to lunch and play. Not only does the newly-expanded neighbourhood feature an array of shops and services, but the swanky site is rich with water features, parks and playgrounds fit for a day of outdoor play with kids in Vancouver.

Grab a parks map and seek out these 4 awe-inspiring playgrounds, located in the heart of this bustling new community hub.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Wild About Vancouver – Outdoor Education Festival – April 16 – 22

Discover Outdoors Dog Mountain

Panoramic city view from Dog Mountain Photo: Rob Weiss

Are you wild about Vancouver? I most certainly am!  When Vancouver welcomed the world to Expo 86 I enthusiastically accepted the invitation and travelled to the coast. Without question, the World’s Fair was an exceptional event and I loved every second of it. However, what captured my imagination during my visit was the wild, rugged beauty of this thriving cosmopolitan city.  I decided, almost in an instant, that Vancouver should be my home.  Like the Clampetts, from the sixties television series, I loaded up my truck and moved to “Beverly” – Vancouver that is!

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Wild About Vancouver – Outdoor Education Festival – April 16 – 22

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