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10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver this August

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Daniel Chai Jul 31, 2018 12:00 pm 942
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Enjoy the summer sunshine with our list of 10 fun Vancouver outdoor events happening in August. Explore Meteor Shower Watch, Spotting Spotted Owls, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Curious by Nature: Seashore Mysteries

  • What: Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by these pop-up stations to chat with a park interpreter. Learn about a featured plant or animal or bring your own questions.
  • When: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta – Meet at the open area near the concession building at Centennial Beach
  • Admission: Free

Creative Café

  • What: Learn about the history and natural wonders of Minnekhada Regional Park and enjoy the work of local artists. Drop by anytime.
  • When: Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam –  Meet at Minnekhada Lodge
  • Admission: Free

Learn to Fish: A Fraser River Experience

  • What: Learn the basics of fish identification and freshwater fishing. Bring a tidal fishing license (available free online). Presented with Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley
  • Admission: $5 donation to support Learn to Fish program. Register online.

Grassland Safari

  • What: As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects. Ages 3 to 5 – Must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Where:  Surrey Bend Regional Park, Surrey
  • Admission: $4.25 per child. Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7389

Meteor Shower Watch

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  • What: What is the Perseids meteor shower? Is Pluto a planet? Find out from astronomers and space enthusiasts who will have telescopes aimed at the skies. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, games, crafts, blacklight theatres and fun activities from Science World, H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, Langley Environmental Partners Society, and many others. Camp overnight to extend your star-gazing experience. Presented with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance at 501 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford
  • Admission: $2 per person

Creatures of Twilight

  • What: The park never sleeps. Find out who ventures out at sunset on this twilight walk. Dispel myths and discover how nocturnal creatures survive the night. Ages 8+.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+ Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7388

Wonderful Water Creatures

  • What: Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – meet at pond, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Starry Night

  • What: Explore the park along lantern-lit paths. Discover fun facts about the creatures who make the park their home. Make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening. Allow 1 hour to complete the walk. Bring a flashlight or lantern. Dress for cooler temperatures and bring bug spray. Please leave pets at home.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Where:  Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Our Feathered Friends

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  • What: Discover the world of birds with your little one. From bejewelled hummingbirds to majestic eagles, marvel at the diversity as you explore nature and find your favourite. Ages 3 to 5, must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Burnaby
  • Admission: $4.25 per child, registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7363

Hands-On Scientist – Spotting Spotted Owls

  • What: Delve into the secret lives of park plants and wildlife as local scientists share presentations and research techniques then guide a walk to investigate the topic of choice. Uncover the mystery of this disappearing bird with a specialist from the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. Venture out into the evening to listen for calls and look for habitat. Ages 8+
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7413
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