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Low Emisson Summer Activities

Summer means beautiful weather and lots of chances to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. From farmers markets to music performances to outdoor activities, the Lower Mainland has something for everyone. You don’t have to look far to find fun things to do with your friends and family while cutting down your carbon emissions and increasing your health, wellness and fun. We compiled a list of the exciting low emission activities across the Lower Mainland this summer below.

Environmental Themed Events

Want to take part in some of the great summer festivals in Metro Vancouver while also supporting local ecosystems? Here are some great events to take part in.

Jog for the Bog - Jog through the Delta Nature Reserve this summer and celebrate International Bog Day. Help spread awareness of peatlands, their importance, and the threats they face while enjoying breathtaking views along the run. On Sunday Jul 24, bring your family and friends for live entertainment and pancakes and discover this natural wonder right in your backyard! More information here>

Coho Festival - This annual festival hosted in Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, celebrates the return of the Coho Salmon to the rivers of the North Shore. This event features a 14K Coho Run, live entertainment and the Coho Salmon BBQ. Happening the second Sunday of September in Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, celebrate back to school with this important West Coast keystone species. Check out the festival’s website here>

Feast of Fields - Now in its 22nd year, Metro Vancouver’s Feast of Fields is BC’s longest standing local food celebration, happening September 11th in Aldergrove. This four hour wandering gourmet harvest festival highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. Stroll across a farmers field with a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, traveling from tent to tent listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers. Funds raised from these events support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to cultivate a local, sustainable food system in British Columbia. Find out more here>

Farmer’s Markets

Looking for some local and fresh ingredients for your family BBQ? Want to support the farmers living and working in your neighbourhood? Here are some great farmer’s markets to try out.

Fort Langley's Farmers' Market – Markets every Saturday from May 7th - Oct 29th, 10:00am to 3:00pm. Pick up fresh local vegetables & flowers, honey, fruits and preserves and browse hand-made gifts in historic Fort Langley. Make a day out of it by exploring the town and fort and having a picnic with your fresh produce. Check out the full details, including a list of market vendors here>

White Rock Farmer’s Market – Check out this long running farmers market in the heart of downtown White Rock, Sundays 10am - 2pm, May 29th - Oct 9th. This market emphasizes locally-grown farm produce and has live entertainment and activities for kids. Not only that, but it’s dog friendly! Go carbon free and take your pooch down to East Beach afterwards for a walk. July 24th at the market is Doggy Day! Find out more information here>

The Local Harvest Market – Located in Chilliwack, The Local Harvest Market provides sustainable produce all year long. They offer fresh, local, farm grown produce and other grocery items in their market open Monday to Saturday, 9am – 5:30pm. Most of the produce is grown organically on their 38 acre farm and summer is the perfect time to stop by. Take a walk around, ride their farm train and chat with their farmers. Find out more about farm activities here>

Outdoor Activities

Here are some fun activities to try this summer that don’t use any fossil fuels at all and are right in your backyard.

Wildplay Elements Park – Located in Maple Ridge, this Park is an old campground that has been revitalized into an interactive activity zone that will keep kids happy and entertain the adults too. The park is a series of treetop adventures, zip lines and other adrenaline inducing activities in the heart of nature. The treetop adventures get you to traverse zip lines, swing on ropes, climb scrambling walls and hanging nets, test your balance on wobbly bridges, and navigate other fun challenges. Check out the full details and how to get there here>

Richmond Nature Park - The Richmond Nature Park consists of 200 acres of the raised peat bog habitat that once covered large portions of Lulu Island. Four walking trails totalling 5km provide visitors the chance to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats. Summer days are long and the trails are ideal for an evening stroll. Check out the Nature House for interactive displays and games about the park, the bog and other aspects of nature. There are activity kits, an active beehive, and a small collection of live animals. Find out more on their website here>

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