This year, 2017, marks 50 years since Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks began to protect the region’s important natural spaces and ecosystems. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the regional parks system is encouraging visitors to pick up a Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Passport, explore the parks, collect stamps, earn rewards and possibly win prizes.
This stretch of fine weather is the perfect time to visit the Regional Parks system, with 14,500 hectares over 23 regional parks, 3 regional parks reserves, 2 ecological conservancy areas, and 5 regional greenways there’s plenty of spots to explore. To participate in the Regional Parks Passport, get a paper passport by mail or download the digital version from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Then visit any of the hundreds of events listed in the passport to collect stamps. Throughout the year there is a vast variety of events, from the Bedford Channel Paddle at Brae Island Regional Park in the Fraser River near Fort Langley, or the Meteor Shower Watch at Aldergrove Regional Park along the Canada/US border, to Nature Walks in the Campbell Valley Regional Park or Music in the Park at Capilano River Regional Park.
The Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Passport program runs all year long allowing for plenty of time to visit and collect stamps. After 5 stamps, earn a limited edition Regional Parks sticker, 10 stamps earns a 50th anniversary commemorative badge plus entry to win a Parklands Foundation Headlamp. At the 15 stamp level, earn a 50th anniversary commemorative pin plus entry to win a Parklands Foundation Sun Shelter.
Visit Metro Vancouver Regional Parks system online for more information on the passport program.