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Need a Change in Scenery? Explore Sea Island’s Parks

Now that we’re finally getting warmer weather it’s time to get outside! If you’re looking for a great outdoor activity to do with the kids or dogs, look no further than Sea Island, YVR’s home. With a handful of parks on the island there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Flight Path Park lives up to its name as it’s located directly underneath the flight path of the South Runway. On any given day, you’ll see people soaking up the sunshine as a Boeing 747 flies overhead. Along with the take-offs and landings, there is a children’s playground and picnic facilities making it a great spot to sit back and enjoy the afternoon.

If you have a four legged furry fido, you’ll want to check out McDonald Beach Park with designated off-leash areas, a sandy beach and access to the Fraser River to splash around. (Make sure you bring a towel, or you’ll be taking half the beach home with you!) This park also offers on-leash walking trails, a large grassy area perfect for throwing a Frisbee, washroom facilities, picnic tables and a boat launch. This park can get busy on a sunny Saturday afternoon, but with plenty of parking for everyone this shouldn’t be a problem.

The third park on Sea Island is Iona Beach Regional Park, a bird-lovers paradise. The park offers long sandy beaches strewn with logs, marshlands for exploring, and washroom facilities.  What really makes this park unique is the 4 km jetty which is perfect for walking or cycling. Dogs are welcome, but make sure you keep them on leash at all times as 277 species of birds rest or make their home in the park. Another favourite activity at Iona Beach is stargazing. Its location and direction create much darker skies than other parts of the lower mainland. If you choose to come at night, make sure you park outside of the gates if you plan to stay after park closing hours.

And if you are looking for something closer to the terminal, take a stroll through Chester Johnson Park, have your photo taken in front of the totem poles or relax on a park bench and watch the travelers go by.

Have fun exploring these parks this summer; just remember to pack out any garbage that you bring with you.

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