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Winter or spring, the Derek Doubleday Arboretum is a “lovely” place to walk and appreciate nature, says Langley’s Joy Ruffeski, who captured this picture of the Rotary Club interpretive centre just after sunrise recently. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Mar 23, 2021

 

Aldergrove Regional Park will be home to a child-friendly nature gnome tour in March. (Special to The Star)

Aldergrove Regional Park home to gnome-guided tours for children

Families can sign up for nature-themed events happening throughout spring break in March

 

Where the Dude Chilling Park sign used to live. (Cara McKenna/Twitter)

Famous Dude Chilling Park sign stolen again in East Vancouver

The Parks Board will replace the apparently popular sign for at least the third time

 

Walnut Grove photographer Rebecca Harper shared a picture of this mallard swimming around recently in Campbell Valley Regional Park. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Feb 16, 2021
Walnut Grove photographer Rebecca Harper shared a picture of this mallard swimming around recently in Campbell Valley Regional Park. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

B.C. premier says calling for closure of Peace Arch State Park a federal responsibility

Horgan said he would ‘take action’ if Canada-U.S. border park is flagged as problem by PHO

A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe
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
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)
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
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)
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)