British Columbia Sun

Metro Vancouver provincial parks counted almost 16 million total visits in 2021

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Key takeaways: 

  • Park visits rose by 37 percent in 2021 compared to 2019, before the outbreak.
  • According to the province, nine Metro Vancouver gardens noticed a record number of park visits in 2021.

Chris Offer recalls a “magical morning moment” with fog hovering outside the Fraser River and thick moss dropping from the trees at Surrey Bend Park. It was his first time at the provincial park last year.

The offer says the pandemic provoked him and his spouse to dig more provincial parks in Metro Vancouver.

“Just to get out for a walk for general health … I think we brought some spectacular locations in Metro Vancouver,” he said.

According to the province, there were 16.3 million park visits in 2021, as people socially distanced and bypassed mixing indoors during the pandemic — a 37 percent rise from 2019. 

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According to the province, there were 16.3 million park visits in 2021, as people socially distanced and bypassed mixing indoors during the pandemic — a 37 percent rise from 2019

Officials with the province say they are working on expanding park space as demand gains due to the pandemic and B.C.’s population increases. 

“We’ve noticed a massive increase in visitorship at Metro Vancouver provincial parks,” said David Leavers, a division manager with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. 

Metro Vancouver, a federation of 21 municipalities, one Treaty First Nation, and one electoral part, says it kept all 24 provincial parks open through the pandemic. The parks have well-hidden infrared counters that feel visitors entering parks, says Leavers, adding that visitor counts allow giving resources like parkland acquisition to staffing, trail maintenance, and extras.

While total yearly visits in 2021 were 1 percent lower than the year earlier, it saw record-breaking visits to nine provincial parks and greenways, with Brae Island Regional Park in Langley and Deas Island Regional Park in Delta counting 344,100 and 446,600 visits, respectively, the highest additions.

Source – cbc.ca

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