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Summer in the city!

Join us in some great locations in and around Vancouver. Look for our Outreach Team at the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum, as well as the Coastal Naturalists onboard BC Ferries. We're also at select summer events throughout the Metro Vancouver region.

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Join Parks Canada’s Vancouver Outreach Team in partnership with the Vancouver Maritime Museum for some Arctic exploration! Parks Canada will be sharing stories of the Franklin Expedition in Canada’s Arctic through fun activities, Franklin trivia and captivating tales.

While you’re there, continue your expedition through Canada’s Arctic with the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Across the Top of the World exhibit. Immerse yourself even further aboard the St. Roch and walk on the deck of a National Historic Site.

The outreach team will be on-site at the Vancouver Maritime Museum from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on July 24th and August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

Vancouver Aquarium

The Parks Canada Vancouver Outreach Team is excited to partner with the Vancouver Aquarium for this summer’s engaging programs and entertaining activities. Come experience the wonders of Gwaii Haanas and the Western Arctic or touch some real fossils from the Burgess Shale!

Waiting in line for the Great Escapes: Life in 4-D Experience? Join our outreach team for a pre-show about wild animals in Canada and their unexpected survival tactics while you wait!

Try picking up a free Xplorer’s booklet for the kids! Complete the activities in the booklet to learn more about the wonderful animals at the Vancouver Aquarium and win a prize.
The Vancouver Outreach Team will be at the Vancouver Aquarium every Wednesday - Sunday until August 28th.

Science World

Parks Canada’s Vancouver Outreach Team is pleased to present programming and enjoyable activities in partnership with Science World at TELUS World of Science! Try panning for gold and hiking the Chilkoot Trail at the Go for Gold! station, or become a modern day explorer at the Best Adventure Ever OMNIMAX Theatre pre-show. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Science World’s Top Secret: License to Spy exhibit!

Come out to Science World After Dark and have your picture taken for free in front of our green screen to virtually travel to a National Park or National Historic Site. You can email it to yourself for a fun souvenir!

You may also meet Parka, Parks Canada’s mascot as she welcomes visitors to Science World!

The Vancouver Outreach Team will be at Science World every Wednesday - Sunday until August 28th.

BC Ferries Coastal Naturalist Program

Coastal Experiences | BC Ferries - British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

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 until September 5th on BC Ferries vessels travelling between Tsawwassen/Vancouver, Swartz Bay/Victoria, and 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.

Day Camps

Join the Company of Adventurers at Fort Langley National Historic Site, Vancouver’s only real fort. Get hands on with history and discover what life was like during 19th century fur-trade. Each day is a new adventure of imagination, games and play. 

Sign up today!

Upcoming Community and Outreach Events

Parks Canada at Pride Parade


Volunteer Opportunities

Garry Oak restoration volunteering 

We value the generous contribution of time, effort and skills made by everyday Canadians just like you. We invite you to share in our work, get behind the scenes, learn something new and make a difference.

See below for information on opportunities at Parks Canada places on Vancouver Island, in the Lower Mainland and across the country.

Gear, Gifts and Planning

Gifts, gear and planning

Parks Canada Merchandise

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.

App Downloads

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!


Beginning in 2016, Parks Canada reservations will launch in JANUARY. Don't miss out - click here for dates and more info!


As spring nears, and nature re-emerges, now is a great time to grab your camera to capture some of the most beautiful places in our region. If you’re heading out to get photos, we have some tips to keep you and the surrounding wildlife safe during your visit.