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Parks Canada in and around Metro Vancouver

Parks Canada in Vancouver


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Parks Canada’s Winter on the West Coast

Deer by Fisgard Lighthouse
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The summer crowds are long gone, but there’s still lots to see and do at Parks Canada places. Wander through history at Fort Rodd Hill, plan a day trip to the Gulf Islands, cozy up to the forge at Fort Langley, or head to Long Beach in Pacific Rim for some storm watching.

Each of our parks and sites offers you a unique experience. Whether you are looking for a quick visit to a historic fort or surfing for the weekend on the coast, we can help you create lasting memories for you and your family.


Two young women exploring Fort Rodd Hill
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Activities at our parks and sites continue through the winter. If you enjoy being outside, try storm-watching, or the Long Beach Challenge at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, or go for a walk in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, or Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. If you’d rather stay out of the weather, spend time with family and friends cozying up to history at Fort Langley or the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Sites.

Storm watching

Stormy waves at Long Beach
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Storm watching can be dramatic and awe inspiring and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers visitors a front row seat to this spectacle. For those who want to feel the wind upon their faces, the outside observation decks at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre and Florencia Beach are a great places to take a “selfie”.

Long Beach Challenge

Two joggers on Long Beach
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Visitors can walk, jog, or run 9.5 km of surf-swept beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve across long sandy beaches, wind around Green Point Rocks and past shifting sand dunes. Before starting this adventure consult a tide table and beware of driftwood and rolling logs.


Story-telling at Fort Langley
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From self-guided explorations to engaging school programs, our places offer one-of-a-kind educational experiences throughout the winter seasons.

Every Friday through Sunday, you can warm up at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Read a book and watch the ocean from inside the homey Contemplation Room.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a fur trader in the 1800's? Are you curious to know more about the salmon canning industry in Western Canada? Learn the rich history of our nation where it happened at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Fort Langley, Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.


Many of our places host events from performances and celebrations, to exhibits and food. From a Voyageur Festival to volunteering to help an endangered ecosystem. Check out our monthly listings below and follow us on Twitter to see what’s coming up.

Gear, Gifts and Planning

People relaxing on the beach
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Want to be equipped and look the part for your next Parks Canada adventure? Or thinking of presents for family and friends? Check out our Parks Canada merchandise.

After you've picked out your ensemble, download the Learn-to Camp and Heritage Gourmet apps to access to the best tips and recipes for your future camp out!

Dreaming of next summer already? Spend some time here for great ideas and information to help you plan the best trip ever.

To make reservations for Parks Canada campgrounds, oTENTiks and the West Coast Trail for the 2015 season please contact:

Job Opportunities

coastal naturalist
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The Coastal Naturalist Program is now hiring!

Application DEADLINE: Monday, January 19, 2015.

On behalf of BC Ferries and Parks Canada, Calliope Consulting Inc. is seeking highly motivated individuals with exceptional communication skills to deliver the sum­mer 2012 onboard Coastal Naturalist program. Coastal Naturalists inform, educate and inspire customers about the wonders of B.C.’s coast, while traveling onboard BC Ferries vessels between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay), and Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) and Nanaimo (Departure Bay).

For details and eligibility requirements, click here to download a copy of the job poster from Calliope Consulting at

A new season is beginning for the Coastal Naturalist Program. We’re looking forward to seeing you onboard BC Ferries this summer!

Upcoming Events

Winter Market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
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Volunteer Opportunities

Garry Oak restoration volunteers
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Upcoming Garry Oak Restoration Days at Fort Rodd Hill 

  • November 15, 2014 
  • November 29, 2014 
  • December 13, 2014 
  • January 10, 2015
  • January 24, 2015 
  • February 7, 2015 
  • February 21, 2015