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Celebrate spring with a visit to Sea Island’s great parks

Spring has sprung at YVR! With the sun starting to shine, albeit briefly, on the runways and aprons, it’s finally time to put away the furry boots and lace up the running shoes. And there’s no better place to stretch your legs and get active than on Sea Island.

The island has several great parks, making it an ideal place to run, play, walk the dog or ride your bike. Plus, the unique location offers great views of the airport, ocean and mountains.

Flight Path Park, located at the end of the South Runway and accessible from Russ Baker Way, offers an up-close view of aircraft as they fly overhead. Pack a picnic and spread out on one of the picnic tables provided while your kids explore the playground and look up in wonder as a 777 lifts into the clouds right in front of their eyes. Pick one of our free plane spotting guides, available at the Customer Care Counters, Level 3, in the Domestic and International Terminals, and learn a few basics to help you spot and differentiate between a 737 and a 747.

If that seems a bit too sedentary for you, leash up your four-legged friend and head over to McDonald Beach Park, which has a designated off-leash area that includes a sandy beach with access to the Fraser River. It’s the perfect place for your pup to splash around and romp with other dogs.

The park also offers on-leash trails, a grassy area that’s perfect for soccer or Frisbee, washroom facilities and a boat launch. This gem is one of the best-kept secrets on Sea Island.

Or, pump up the tires on your bike and use the Sea Island Cycling Map to find your way to Iona Beach Regional Park. Here, you’ll find a four-kilometre jetty that’s perfect for cycling with the family.  You’ll also discover the park’s long sandy beaches and marshy trails full of nesting birds, which combined make for a fun and educational day of beachcombing and bird watching.

For more information about Sea Island parks, check out this map: http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/seaisland_trail_map9212.gif

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