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Langley’s Campbell Valley Regional Park re-opens after heavy snow

Metro Vancouver announced its crews have been clearing parking lots
A truck plowing snow in Aldergrove on Tuesday, Dec. 20. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Campbell Valley Regional Park re-opened to visitors on Wednesday, Dec. 21, two days after a heavy snowfall that made many local roads and parking lots all but impassable.

On Tuesday, many major Metro Vancouver Regional Parks were closed as crews tried to clear away snow, including Glen Valley Regional Park and Campbell Valley.

Brae Island and Derby Reach Regional Parks are also fully open, and Aldergrove Regional Park was 90 per cent open as of Wednesday, according to Paul Brar, a division manager with the Metro park system.

Glen Valley is still closed due to road conditions, but was expected to re-open on Thursday.

“Crews are clearing pathways around facilities like washroom buildings, but trails within regional parks are snowy and may be slippery, and picnic structures might have slabs of snow or icicles,” said Brar. “Those planning to visit should stay safe by being prepared for winter conditions. That includes wearing appropriate footwear, obeying all posted notices, watching for overhead hazards like falling snow, ice and branches, and staying off ponds and water bodies as ice can be thin and dangerous.”

The re-opening of Campbell Valley was announced on Wednesday morning at about 10 a.m.

There have been a string of closings around Langley, including the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus and Fraser Valley Regional Library branches on Tuesday. Some Langley Township rec programs were also impacted.

Most closed institutions, including the libraries and KPU, re-opened again on Wednesday after the snow stopped and crews had more time to clear roads and parking lots.

Drivers were still being asked to stay off the roads for non-essential travel, and to venture out with winter tires and their cars cleared of snow, especially their headlights, signal lights, windows, and license plates.

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Matthew Claxton

About the Author: Matthew Claxton

Raised in Langley, as a journalist today I focus on local politics, crime and homelessness.
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