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.
Canada’s Parks Day is a great opportunity to try something new. Be inspired by the sounds of musicians and nature as you stroll through a wildlife garden. Get up close and personal with marine creatures brought up from the watery depths by a diver. Watch for fluttering bats as they emerge at dusk. There’s something for everyone and the activities are going on all day. The hardest part might be choosing!
Events for Everyone
Browse through the list below to find an activity that catches your interest and then visit http://www.metrovancouver.org/parksday for complete details for each Parks Day event.
- Bird Monitoring and Banding Program – 7:30 to 9:30 am – Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam
- Colony Farm Community Gardens – 9 to 10:30 am – Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam
- Bear Necessities & Nature of Cliff Falls – 10 am to 12 pm – Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
- Celebrating Wetlands – 10 am to 12:30 pm – Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam
- West Creek Wetland Clean-Up – 10 am to 1 pm – Glen Valley Regional Park, Langley
- Ecological Restoration Site Maintenance – 10 am to 1 pm – Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam
- Zero Waste Challenge – 10 am to 1 pm – Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver
- Hiking Skills Workshop – 10 am to 3 pm – Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver
- Celebrating Birds – 10 am to 4 pm – Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Burnaby
- Celebrating the Seashore – 11:30 am to 3:30 pm – Belcarra Regional Park, Belcarra
- Brae Island Paddle and Pedal – 1 to 3 pm – Brae Island Regional Park, Langley
- Low Tide Loungers – 1 to 4 pm – Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta
- Nature’s Rhythms and Inspirations – 1:30 to 4 pm – Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
- Stories Under the Stars – 7:30 to 9:30 pm – Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam
(All programs are free of charge and are suitable for children and adults unless otherwised noted)
What is Canada Parks Day?
“Canada’s Parks Day takes place on the 3rd Saturday of July every year, offering fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.
Help us fill the Parks Day photo gallery with snapshots … of you!
- Visit the photo booth at any of the regional park programs listed below.
- Snap a shot of yourself with your family and friends.
- Share it with the hashtag #MVparks