parks

Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Into The Wild With Writer George Mercer

A passion for parks sets the backdrop for novel series

  • Jan 6, 2021

 

There are dozens of great hikes in the Lower Mainland, including a day trip to Barrier Lake. Keep going for an even more beautiful view at Garibaldi Lake. (Photo: Amy Attas)

Great Hikes Around the Lower Mainland

5 unforgettable trails to try, all just a short drive from Vancouver

  • Dec 22, 2020

 

Wout Brouwer expressed his gratitude to the Metro Vancouver regional parks department for keeping the Houston Trail in Fort Langley in such “great shape.” They recently repaired a section of the trail that was “seriously eroded” and built what Brouwer calls a “beautiful, rustic fence.” (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Nov 27, 2020

 

Julie Vantol was compelled to grab a picture of the fall colours at William’s Park in Langley during a recent stroll. “Oh, the colours!” she said. “We were hoping to see some salmon spawning, but didn’t get to that day. [I] was totally enamoured with the piles of colourful leaves everywhere, even on top of the pond. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Nov 15, 2020
Julie Vantol was compelled to grab a picture of the fall colours at William’s Park in Langley during a recent stroll. “Oh, the colours!” she said. “We were hoping to see some salmon spawning, but didn’t get to that day. [I] was totally enamoured with the piles of colourful leaves everywhere, even on top of the pond. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Sav Dhaliwal, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Metro announces 56 hectares of new park land in Pitt Meadows

Plans to ‘create a vast and stunning park complex’

Sav Dhaliwal, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The five-member Rivas family made their third trek of the summer from Surrey’s Panorama Ridge to Aldergrove Regional Park for a Labour Day cycle. “We love the trails,” said Salvador, noting they usually go for an hour and a half long excursion with their sons, ages 10 and 11, every weekend at different locations in the Lower Mainland. (Roxanne Hooper/Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS: Diversity draws users to Aldergrove Regional Park

Rural park appealed to Lower Mainland families using Labour Day as a farewell to summer

The five-member Rivas family made their third trek of the summer from Surrey’s Panorama Ridge to Aldergrove Regional Park for a Labour Day cycle. “We love the trails,” said Salvador, noting they usually go for an hour and a half long excursion with their sons, ages 10 and 11, every weekend at different locations in the Lower Mainland. (Roxanne Hooper/Aldergrove Star)
Visitors to Campbell Valley Regional Park enjoy some good weather. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Feedback sought into large South Langley park

Deadline to offer thoughts on the future of Campbell Valley Regional Park is Tuesday, Sept. 8

Visitors to Campbell Valley Regional Park enjoy some good weather. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Noel Booth Park in Brookswood offers soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a dog off-leash area, tennis courts, and even a concession, not to mention a playground, trails, and a pond. “This park is absolutely beautiful, this why people can not get enough of this gem,” said photographer Shirley Sawatsky. (Shirley Sawatsky/Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Aug 4, 2020
Noel Booth Park in Brookswood offers soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a dog off-leash area, tennis courts, and even a concession, not to mention a playground, trails, and a pond. “This park is absolutely beautiful, this why people can not get enough of this gem,” said photographer Shirley Sawatsky. (Shirley Sawatsky/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)

BC Parks considering a day-use pass system for popular locations to avoid overcrowding

Although some parks have reopened, B.C.’s busiest parks have remained shut

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)
Calla Oxley and her son Wade stand on their neighbours property, which backs on to Bayview Woods Park. Oxley says her son sustained an allergic reaction after playing in the tall grass. (Aaron Hinks photo)

South Surrey mom frustrated by city’s response after son, 10, has severe reaction to park grass 

City of Surrey parks manager says ‘potential steps’ to address concern under review

Calla Oxley and her son Wade stand on their neighbours property, which backs on to Bayview Woods Park. Oxley says her son sustained an allergic reaction after playing in the tall grass. (Aaron Hinks photo)
(Facebook photo/Strathcona Provincial Park)

Campers can get one site for the price of two in BC Parks this summer

B.C. campers disgruntled by full rates being charged for half-capacity double campsites

(Facebook photo/Strathcona Provincial Park)
Overnight camping will be allowed as of June 1 in provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island in Nanaimo. Provincial parks opened for hiking and other day uses May 14 after being closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. residents can now reserve a provincial campsite for a stay starting June 1

Campsite reservations will only be available to British Columbians

Overnight camping will be allowed as of June 1 in provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island in Nanaimo. Provincial parks opened for hiking and other day uses May 14 after being closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)
Picnic shelters (photo from 2019’s Blackberry Bake Off) will be open again as of Friday, May 15 in Langley Township. (Langley Advance Times files)

Township opens more park facilities for long weekend

From ball diamonds to tennis courts, a number of rec facilities will be opening again

Picnic shelters (photo from 2019’s Blackberry Bake Off) will be open again as of Friday, May 15 in Langley Township. (Langley Advance Times files)
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of many set to reopen for day-use on Thursday, May 14. (Black Press Media files)

Most of B.C.’s provincial parks to reopen today, visitors asked to physically distance

Overnight camping and the rest of the day-use facilities could return in June

Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of many set to reopen for day-use on Thursday, May 14. (Black Press Media files)
The bike park at Penzer Park is one of the outdoor facilities Langley City plans to reopen to the public starting May 19. (Rocky Blondin/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Tennis courts, bike parks set to re-open in Langley City

The careful re-opening is to take place after the Victoria Day weekend

The bike park at Penzer Park is one of the outdoor facilities Langley City plans to reopen to the public starting May 19. (Rocky Blondin/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
B.C. provincial park campsites and day-use facilities like washrooms were closed March 24. (Black Press files)

Provincial parks to reopen amid COVID-19 in time for Victoria Day long weekend

All of Langley’s regional parks – except Brae Island – remain open to the public

B.C. provincial park campsites and day-use facilities like washrooms were closed March 24. (Black Press files)
Elves have been in Alex Hope Park, writes Joe Schiller who shared this photo with the Langley Advance Times on May 5, 2020. (Joe Schiller/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Why are painted rocks missing from Langley regional parks?

Many have been decorating and hiding the rocks to uplift the community

Elves have been in Alex Hope Park, writes Joe Schiller who shared this photo with the Langley Advance Times on May 5, 2020. (Joe Schiller/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Civil Liberties group seeks amnesty for recreational tickets issued during pandemic

The association has received at least 100 public complaints over the past 10 days

Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Graffiti on two sides of a boulder in Death Valley National Park is from 2019 and 2020, marked “Steve & Lacy”. The National Parks Service is seeking a man from Grand Forks, B.C., in connection with the graffiti. (US National Parks Service)

U.S. officials look for B.C. man suspected of vandalizing Death Valley National Park

Rangers believe the man travelled with a dog named Lacy on his way to an off-road race

Graffiti on two sides of a boulder in Death Valley National Park is from 2019 and 2020, marked “Steve & Lacy”. The National Parks Service is seeking a man from Grand Forks, B.C., in connection with the graffiti. (US National Parks Service)