Forest fires outside our region are having an impact on air quality in the Lower Fraser Valley this summer. Elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter from those fires resulted in an air quality advisory being issued on August 23 for the central and eastern Fraser Valley, due to smoke from wildfires in Washington. During this type of advisory it is recommended that people with chronic underlying medical conditions avoid strenuous activities. Advisories also offer tips for individuals to reduce their own health risks and help improve the quality of our air. But even without forest fires, air quality in the Lower Mainland can deteriorate in the summer. Here’s why sunlight and heat can equal smog in our region, especially in the Lower Fraser Valley.
It’s customary to get a glass of water when you dine out, whether you plan on drinking it or not. But this summer, the absence of the obligatory H2O may be a sign that the restaurant you are eating at is simply doing its part to conserve water.
Sparkling lights and candlelit paths welcome you to Starry Night at Deas Island Regional Park in Delta. Follow the illuminated paths to explore nature stations at night. See a live owl, join a drumming circle, and make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening.
When Stage 3 water restrictions were implemented on July 20, washing of vehicles was one of the activities that went from restricted to prohibited, unless it’s done at a commercial car wash. Under Stage 3 rules, only windows, lights, and license plates can be washed, in the interests of safety. For some, any excuse not to wash the car is a good thing. For car dealers it’s not quite that simple.
Hot. Dry. Sunny. That’s been the weather forecast for much of the spring and summer of 2015. Long dry stretches, coupled with a lack of snowfall last winter, leave our region facing a water shortage. Residents of Metro Vancouver can play a vital role in managing the water we have. With a few simple steps around homes and yards, impacts are kept to a minimum.
Portion sizes and recipes are often created with the typical ‘family of four’ in mind. So reducing food waste can be a challenge when you are cooking for one. Because even if last night’s dinner will be today’s lunch, solo dining can still mean more leftovers than you want or need. But eating alone doesn’t have to equal excess food. Here’s five ways to love a table set for one, without creating the waste we hate.
Because a waning moon will bring dark night skies at the peak of meteor shower activity, this is a great year to see the annual Perseid meteor showers. And a great place to catch all the action is Aldergrove Regional Park, where there’s activities, astronomers, and overnight camping!
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is holding its second annual photo contest! We want YOU to submit YOUR photos. You don’t need to be a pro to enter. Just give us your best shot showing why you love Regional Parks.
Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day on Saturday, July 18th with a visit to one of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks. From the expansive mudflats of Boundary Bay Regional Park to a scenic canyon with waterfalls in Kanaka Creek Regional Park, our regional parks are great places to get away from the bustle of urban life and reconnect with nature. We’ve put together a wide selection of family-friendly, all-ages activities to choose from.
Join butterfly enthusiasts at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley to celebrate butterfly season with tea, crafts, storytelling, and activities for the whole family. Continue reading