Wanting to add a few parks to my series this fall, I sent out a Tweet yesterday asking for some recommendations. @JDLaidlaw responded, “@Miss604 Have you ever been out to Renfrew Ravine? Pretty awesome and they have a lantern festival coming up!” Having never ever heard of the Renfrew Ravine, I thought it would be worth researching and profiling today.
How to Get There
While technically not a “park” (and not recognized on the Parks Board website) the Renfrew Ravine is classified as a greenway, by the City of Vancouver.
The ravine is located between East 22nd and East 29th Avenues, along the Boyd Diversion and Renfrew Street. Just across 22nd Avenue to the North, you’ll find the Renfrew Community Centre and the 5 hectare Renfrew Park. You can get to the Southern entrance to the ravine greenway via 29th Avenue SkyTrain station.
The ravine follows Still Creek and features a few open park spaces with seating, lookouts, foliage, and interpretive signage. The creek is one of very few still left in Vancouver.
The Renfrew Ravine is the home of the Moon Festival’s Lantern Walk next week, on September 25th. The festival will have a harvest fair at Slocan Park (to the South of the Ravine, across 29th avenue) and a lantern procession will make its way through the ravine from 7:00pm – 7:30pm, ending up at Renfrew Park.
Renfre Ravine Moonfest 2009 from stillmoon on Vimeo.
Leading up to this free public event you can get attend lantern workshops at the Renfrew Community Centre in the evenings until September 24th.
Should you have a recommendation for a Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley park feature, please feel free to contact me.