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Parks Canada in and around Metro Vancouver

Parks Canada in Vancouver


Parks Canada Outreach Team Hits Vancouver

Parks Canada Outreach Team
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No plans for this summer? Why not join Parks Canada’s Outreach Team as they present exciting new programs in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Science World
Vancouver Aquarium

Throughout July and August, our engaging and knowledgeable ambassadors will be at The Vancouver Aquarium and Science World ready to expand your minds on topics ranging from Canada’s Species at Risk to fire management in national parks and stories of the Canadian Arctic.

Drop by our interactive stations and explore the Goldrush, Arctic species, marine debris, camping safety and more. Keep an eye out as well for the team at a number of special events where you can get an airbrush tattoo or green screen photo in a national park or historic site.

Check out the Vancouver Outreach Team at one of these events:

BC Ferries Coastal Naturalist Program

Coastal Naturalists
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BC Ferries

Discover the wonders of the B.C. coast with the Coastal Naturalists. This program offers BC Ferries customers the opportunity to connect with the coastal B.C. region, covering topics about the ocean, B.C.'s unique wildlife, marine life, and nautical and cultural history. Come on board to hear stories that connect Canadians and visitors to Parks Canada's incredible places.

Join us from June 25 through September 1, 2014 on BC Ferries vessels travelling between Tsawwassen/Vancouver, Swartz Bay/Victoria, Horseshoe Bay/West Vancouver and Departure Bay/Nanaimo.

Want to know more about the Coastal Naturalist Program? Visit us on Twitter @ParksCanadaVan for up-to-date information, program schedules and highlights.

Camping experiences

Learn-to Camp

Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes!

This summer, Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are teaming up to present an unforgettable Learn-to Camp experience in three of British Columbia’s national parks and historic sites.

These family learning adventures provide you with the guidance and equipment you will need for a safe and enjoyable experience in some of Canada’s most spectacular outdoor destinations.

Learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire and stay safe around wildlife, while making new friends and enjoying incredible, breath-taking scenery.

2014 Event Locations and Dates

Learn-to Camp
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  • Victoria - Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site: August 23-24
  • Vancouver - Fort Langley National Historic Site: September 6-7

Cost: $ 88.00/family up to 4 people ($22 per additional participant up to a maximum group size of 6)

Program costs include breakfast and dinner, interpretive and educational programming, tents, sleeping pads and all camping fees. Participants are required to bring their own lunches for Saturday and Sunday, warm/waterproof clothing, personal items, cutlery and dishes, personal water bottle, sleeping bags and pillows. Participants are also responsible for their own transportation and daily entry fees.

Space is limited. Call 1-888-773-8888 to register.


Want to camp in a campground? Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve have a variety of campground options, including an Equipped Campsite option at Pacific Rim.



Want less fuss? Try an oTENTik at Fort Langley or Fort Rodd Hill. These permanent tent cabins come equipped with almost everything but your bedding, your food and you!


Backcountry camping

Want to really get away from it all? Hiking the West Coast Trail or paddling in the Broken Group Islands, Gulf Islands or Gwaii Haanas is the adventure of a lifetime.


Connect with us

Many of our places host events from performances and celebrations, to exhibits and food. Follow us and our places on social media to see what's coming up. Look for Parka, our mascot, at some of our events!