50 years ago forward-thinking individuals decided to preserve the beautiful wilderness throughout Metro Vancouver. Now in 2017, there are 24 regional parks spanning over 14,500 hectares of forests, fields, rivers and beaches. In celebration of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 50th anniversary, everyone is invited to participate in the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Passport Program.
Here’s how it works:
- Get your passport (either paper or digital). For the record, the smartphone app is super cool.
- Collect a different stamp by visiting each of the 18 participating regional parks.
- Earn rewards. Win prizes!
- Pick-up your rewards at one of the events or locations listed below.
- Reward pick-up and entry close Dec 22, 2017.
Here are the prizes:
- Collect 5 stamps: Receive a limited edition sticker.
- Collect 10 stamps: Receive a 50-year crest. Entered into the Pacific Parklands Foundation prize draw.
- Collect 15 stamps: Receive a 50-year commemorative pin. Entered into the Pacific Parklands Foundation Prize grand prize draw
Please note that the stamps that come with the passport do not count towards rewards and prize draw. The Pacific Parklands Foundation prize draw is open to everyone 13 and older.
Here is the complete list of the 18 regional parks where you can get a stamp this summer:
- Aldergrove Regional Park
- Belcarra Regional Park
- Boundary Bay Regional Park
- Brae Island Regional Park
- Burnaby Lake Regional Park
- Campbell Valley Regional Park
- Capilano River Regional Park
- Colony Farm Regional Park
- Crippen Regional Park
- Deas Island Regional Park
- Derby Reach Regional Park
- Iona Beach Regional Park
- Kanaka Creek Regional Park
- Lynn Headwater Regional Park
- Minnekhada Regional Park
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park
- Surrey Bend Regional Park
- Tynehead Regional Park
The 18 participating regional parks are hosting many events this summer, where you can enjoy the festivities and add a stamp to your parks passport. Wander past sparkling lights and candlelit paths at Deas Island Regional Park during their Starry Night celebration; travel back in time to the Country Celebration at Campbell Valley Regional Park; or solve a Flashlight Mystery at Surrey Bend Regional Park.
Here is a selection of the events where you can collect stamps and celebrate our parks this summer:
Meteor Shower Watch
Join astronomers with telescopes as they search the night sky for the Perseids meteor shower. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, games, crafts, storytelling and other entertainment.
Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Where: Aldergrove Regional Park
Sparkling lights and candlelit paths welcome you to the park at night. See a live owl, join a drumming circle and make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening. Allow 1 hour to complete the walk. Bring a flashlight or a fancy lantern to show off as you walk the trail.
Date: August 19, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 10pm
Where: Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
Music in the Park
Bring a picnic and enjoy live music, art demonstrations, children’s activities and a nature-inspired art gallery set against the stunning backdrop of the North Shore mountains and Capilano Reservoir.
Date: September 4, 2017
Time: noon – 5pm
Where: Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver
Celebrate conservation and sustainable living while enjoying live performances and interactive nature displays. The Country Celebration is an award-winning event that should not be missed!
Date: September 16 & 17, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
Heritage Apple Day
Try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. Sample a variety of apples.
Date: September 30, 2017
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley
It’s about to get a little bit spooky! Follow the lanterns and solve a mystery. Don’t forget your flashlight and detective skills.
Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Where: Surrey Bend Regional Park, Surrey
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Passport Program:
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.