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Vancouver Park Board staff float big ideas in draft pool strategy

A floating pool in False Creek? The Fraser River as a natural swimming pool?<p>Vancouver Park Board staff have some big ideas for the future of pools in …

Vancouver

Jasper Mayor, MP sound alarm over fire risk in national park

'We need to take action to try and do everything we can to safeguard the community,' says mayor<p>"Worrisome."<p>That's how the Mayor of Jasper described …

Canada

Statement from Minister Catherine McKenna at the 4th Annual Canadian Parks and Wildlife Society

Minister Catherine McKenna and Premier Kathleen Wynne paddling at Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto, accompanied by Trevor Hesselink and Dave …

Parks Canada debating what to do with the Lachine Canal

At a public meeting to discuss the future of the Lachine Canal, people suggested improving bicycle paths, cleaning the water, and doing more to …

Canada

Vancouver Aquarium plans to fight park board's whale and dolphin ban in court

The Vancouver Aquarium is upping the ante in its fight against last month's park board ban on the display of cetaceans in public parks.<p>According to a …

Aquariums

Pallister government adds two new provincial parks

Manitoba's roster of provincial parks grew by two Thursday, as Goose Islands and Grand Island were officially added by the Pallister government to …

Canada

Artists are taking over Toronto's parks for the summer

It's the first full year for the Arts in the Parks program, which brings free events to all parts of the city.

The Arts

Port Coquitlam to ban dangerous dogs from off-leash parks, among other new restrictions

The dogs must also be muzzled in public, and owners must post signs on their property<p>Port Coquitlam, B.C., is set to strengthen its dangerous dog …

Vancouver

National parks become breeding grounds for many invasive species

<b>Dear Editor:</b><p>I recently had the opportunity to listen to Valerius Geist, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, University of Calgary, give a …

National Parks

Wood Buffalo park risks losing UNESCO designation

Canada has eight months to put forward a detailed plan to improve the health of its largest national park or risk having the United Nations add it to …

Canada

10 wild bison calves born in Banff ‘doing really well’: Parks Canada

Parks Canada says 10 bison calves born in Banff National Park this year are healthy and “doing really well.”<p>In February, 16 bison were transferred to …

Canada

Tenters on the rise in Victoria's parks

The number of people tenting in Victoria city parks is climbing, despite millions being poured into social housing.<p>Victoria city staff report that an …

Hunt, ship, slaughter or sell: Elk Island Park considers population control options

Parks Canada suggests five methods to reduce number of elk, bison, moose at fenced-in national park<p>Officials at Elk Island National Park are racing …

Wildlife

Victoria park campers nearly double from last year

WATCH: New numbers show the number of people sleeping overnight in Victoria parks has nearly doubled from last year. Calvin To reports.

Travel

Surveillance cameras being set up in two parks and downtown library

<b>Troy Shantz</b><p>If you’re planning a trip to the beach at Canatara this summer be aware that your actions will be recorded on surveillance …

Surveillance

City unveils design for park on last undeveloped land along False Creek North

We’re getting a first look at the potential future for the last parcel of undeveloped land on False Creek’s north shore.<p>The city has unveiled a …

Urbanism

Parks Canada recognizes student achievement at Heritage Fair

Students receive awards for their projects at the Provincial Heritage Fair.<p>©Brian L. Simpson<p>The awards were presented to students who displayed …

Canadian National Parks

Hungry bears, lots of food means Kootenay National Park's no-stopping zone in effect

Affected area is several kilometres east of Radium Hot Springs<p>A section of Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park has been temporarily designated a …

Canada

After 20 years as Surrey’s parks manager, Owen Croy to walk a different path

SURREY — After 25 years at Surrey City Hall, longtime parks manager Owen Croy has decided to take a different trail.<p>At 5 p.m. last Friday (May 26), …

Cities

Alberta parks saw record-breaking tourism numbers in 2016

Alberta’s national parks saw a “record-breaking” year in 2016, according to Tourism Alberta.<p>The parks saw the highest visitors since 2004, according …

Canada

EATING NIAGARA: Parks pop-ups feature local tastes

There’s a structure at the end of the Niagara Parkway in Fort Erie. It’s a big arch on an even bigger lawn, and it overlooks the spot where Lake Erie …

Lake Erie

Rescuers brace for busy season in parks

From the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge, the sound of Lynn Creek roars underneath.<p>Two Canadian Armed Forces search and rescue technicians dangle from …

Vancouver North Shore

Elk Island National Park floats idea of allowing hunting to address elk, moose populations

A popular national park, located just 30-minutes east of Edmonton, is holding consultations with the public as it drafts a plan to deal with an …

Canadian National Parks

In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul

Record attendance is expected this year, but while the expected influx will be a boon to the tourism industry, the increased traffic also means more …

National Parks

Wolf involved in dog attacks euthanized in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Parks Canada says staff in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island have killed a wolf that was becoming increasingly aggressive.<p>A statement from Parks Canada says the wolf was euthanized on May 28 after being involved in a number of recent incidents, including two attacks on leashed …

Canada

National parks officials close areas to deter bear gawkers

As bears begin to feast on the sweet grasses and dandelions at roadside, national parks officials are closing some areas and banning motorists from …

National Parks

Government of Canada Announces Milestone in Completion of Rouge National Urban Park

Parks Canada commemorates Alberta's black pioneer immigrants

Parks Canada has officially recognized a largely forgotten chapter in Alberta’s immigration history.<p>On Saturday, federal officials commemorated black …

Canada

Arts in the Parks returns to Toronto parks with free arts events