NATURE PARKS IN B.C.

British Columbia (Provincial) Parks   (link to government site)

Vancouver area

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

This "close to free" site is located in the Vancouver suburb of Delta. This is a wonderful outing for children and adults alike. The sanctuary is the wintering-over stop for nearly 200 species of birds, and hosts an annual Snow Goose festival each year. Bring your binoculars, camera and guidebook. The children will have a blast feeding the hundreds of ducks.

Stanley Park

No trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to world famous Stanley Park. Perhaps Vancouver's most famous attraction, the park is packed with free things to do. Visitors who want peace and tranquility can find it along the myriad of walking trails. Start at Lost Lagoon and visit the nature house, then proceed around the Lagoon. You'll find geese, swans, and many other species of birds. The Stanley Park seawall is an ideal way to take in the view from all around the park. Visitors are welcome to walk, bike or rollerblade the 8.85 km (5.5 mile) wall. Cyclists and rollerbladers do need to proceed with caution and yield to pedestrians. In some areas, bladers and bikers are required to depart from the seawall and travel on roadways for a short distance.

The park also features a number of beaches (Third, Second, English Bay) with lifeguards on duty in the summer months. Second Beach also features a pool with wash rooms and change rooms. A children's water park is located at Lumberman's Arch and a refreshment stand is close by. The Miniature Railway (which has an admission fee) is located a short walk from the water park.

A pitch and putt golf course is located near the Rhododendron Garden and the formal Rose Garden is located near the Stanley Park Pavilion. The park also has tennis courts, located near the Lost Lagoon Nature House.

Also worth checking out (although it does require an entrance fee) is the Aquarium.

Check out the link to Parks in Greater Vancouver, a site that has thousands of pictures from parks (and a map to locate the parks) that are located in the Greater Vancouver area.

 

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