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A Google Earth overview shows the location of Vedder Mountain Park, which is now under construction.

Construction underway in Chilliwack to build Vedder Mountain Park

The 70 acre project will include a four-kilometre long trail leading to a day use area

 

A Yellowstone National Park ranger is seen standing near a road wiped out by flooding along the Gardner River the week before, near Gardiner, Mont., June 19, 2022. Park officials said they hope to open most of the park within two weeks after it was shuttered in the wake of the floods. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

Wildlife-rich northern half of the park will remain shuttered until at least early July

 

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is high water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, that washed out part of a road on Monday, June 13, 2022. (National Park Service via AP)

Yellowstone flooding sweeps away bridge, washes out roads

Flooding hits after what park officials are calling ‘unprecedented rains’

 

Students from Little Mountain elementary clearing trails on Little Mountain on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Explore Little Mountain Saturday in Chilliwack to celebrate B.C. Trails Day

Trails have been groomed by volunteers for walking, hiking, and biking

Students from Little Mountain elementary clearing trails on Little Mountain on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Port Coquitlam, Chilliwack, North Vancouver, and Penticton have chosen to continue with the practice after their trial runs. (Black Press file photo).

Mission council moves forward pilot project giving drinks in public parks a shot

Council vote passes 5-2 to create bylaw for 1-year pilot project

Port Coquitlam, Chilliwack, North Vancouver, and Penticton have chosen to continue with the practice after their trial runs. (Black Press file photo).
A fossil is shown at the Burgess Shale near Field, B.C. in this August 2012 photo. The Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. A Quebec resident has been fined $20,000 for taking 45 fossils from three national parks in the Rocky Mountains, including the internationally known fossil site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel

Parks Canada recovers 45 fossils stolen from Burgess Shale, levies $20,000 fine

Suspect pleaded guilty to two charges in a Cranbrook, B.C., court last month

A fossil is shown at the Burgess Shale near Field, B.C. in this August 2012 photo. The Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. A Quebec resident has been fined $20,000 for taking 45 fossils from three national parks in the Rocky Mountains, including the internationally known fossil site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel
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Chilliwack Park Society president Marc Greidanus with school kids from Little Mountain Elementary removing English ivy from trees on Little Mountain on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack council warming up to Little Mountain Nature Park idea

Chilliwack Park Society was ‘overjoyed at enthusiastic support’ for park concept from council

Chilliwack Park Society president Marc Greidanus with school kids from Little Mountain Elementary removing English ivy from trees on Little Mountain on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Two areas in Vedder Park again proposed for alcohol consumption in 2022. (City of Chilliwack)

Drinking alcohol in Vedder Park once again up for consideration by Chilliwack council

Due to ‘success and popularity,’ city proposing ‘a repeat but slightly extended season’ for summer

Two areas in Vedder Park again proposed for alcohol consumption in 2022. (City of Chilliwack)
The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that determined sheltering is not allowed in Beacon Hill Park under the terms of an 1882 trust. It filed its notice of appeal March 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province appeals court ruling against sheltering in Victoria’s signature park

Beacon Hill Park decision raises questions for other B.C. parks with trusts, attorney general says

The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that determined sheltering is not allowed in Beacon Hill Park under the terms of an 1882 trust. It filed its notice of appeal March 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
A celebration for a couple making a lifelong commitment to each other led to revellers being asked to make a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship. (pixabay photo)

Unsanctioned Gulf Island wedding leads to restorative justice

Sensitive habitat mowed and trampled, revellers asked to commit to “lifelong stewardship’

A celebration for a couple making a lifelong commitment to each other led to revellers being asked to make a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship. (pixabay photo)
Students from Little Mountain elementary removing invasive English ivy from trees and plants on Little Mountain on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack group seeking support to create ‘urban forest park’ on Little Mountain

Project goal is preservation of ‘last remaining’ pockets of mature forest on north side of Chilliwack

Students from Little Mountain elementary removing invasive English ivy from trees and plants on Little Mountain on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A new kiosk unveiled Oct. 28, 2021 at Hillkeep Park memorializes Patricia Woodward and her love for 36 acres of land at the top of Chilliwack Mountain. (submitted photo)

New kiosk at Chilliwack’s Hillkeep Regional Park honours Patricia Woodward

Woodward donated 36 acres atop Chilliwack Mountain that is now a destination for nature enthusiasts

A new kiosk unveiled Oct. 28, 2021 at Hillkeep Park memorializes Patricia Woodward and her love for 36 acres of land at the top of Chilliwack Mountain. (submitted photo)
People stay physically distanced as they take part in a outdoor dance class in a park in Montreal on June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Park use in Canada soared during COVID, creating challenges for cities, survey finds

Cities report extra costs during the pandemic due to increased maintenance and staffing

People stay physically distanced as they take part in a outdoor dance class in a park in Montreal on June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A United Nations agency says Canada’s largest national park is now so threatened that it could likely be placed on the list of World Heritage sites in danger. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park nears endangered status

UNESCO says industry, poor governance ‘likely’ endanger Canadian World Heritage site

The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A United Nations agency says Canada’s largest national park is now so threatened that it could likely be placed on the list of World Heritage sites in danger. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Where the Dude Chilling Park sign used to live. (Cara McKenna/Twitter)

Famous Dude Chilling Park sign stolen again in East Vancouver

The Parks Board will replace the apparently popular sign for at least the third time

Where the Dude Chilling Park sign used to live. (Cara McKenna/Twitter)
A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

B.C. premier says calling for closure of Peace Arch State Park a federal responsibility

Horgan said he would ‘take action’ if Canada-U.S. border park is flagged as problem by PHO

A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vedder Park area where alcohol consumption was part of a pilot project in 2020. (City of Chilliwack)

Hundreds weighed in with opinions on alcohol consumption in Chilliwack parks

Pilot project in two Chilliwack parks last summer saw responsible drinking in designated areas

Vedder Park area where alcohol consumption was part of a pilot project in 2020. (City of Chilliwack)
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Into The Wild With Writer George Mercer

A passion for parks sets the backdrop for novel series

  • Jan 6, 2021
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe
There are dozens of great hikes in the Lower Mainland, including a day trip to Barrier Lake. Keep going for an even more beautiful view at Garibaldi Lake. (Photo: Amy Attas)

Great Hikes Around the Lower Mainland

5 unforgettable trails to try, all just a short drive from Vancouver

  • Dec 22, 2020
There are dozens of great hikes in the Lower Mainland, including a day trip to Barrier Lake. Keep going for an even more beautiful view at Garibaldi Lake. (Photo: Amy Attas)