Registration is open for summer EcoCamps in Stanley Park, hosted by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”). There is still space available in weeks 1,2,7 and 8 right now, with waitlist spots available for the others. Here’s the full rundown of each camp week, and scroll down for info about the online (at home) Critter Club!
Summer EcoCamps in Stanley Park
Camps for kids ages 7 to 11 run weekly, rain or shine, through July & August, 9:00am to 4:00pm. SPES will strictly adhere to social distancing in all activities while still delivering a fun and educational camp for your child. See more on COVID-19 guidelines here.
July 5 – July 9: Flying Wonders: Is your child curious about the animals that fly overhead? Do they wonder about bird calls, bat wings and what makes a flying squirrel fly? If so, the Flying Wonders camp is for them! This week, our campers will learn about the amazing ducks, hawks, owls, and other flying creatures that call Stanley Park home, and will have a hoot doing it.
The Government of BC held a press conference today to announce the end of the temporary Circuit Breaker (put in place at the end of March) and introduce a new four-step plan to bring the province back together. The BC Restart Plan, starting May 25, 2021, means British Columbians can gradually begin to restart important social connections, businesses and activities.
The government emphasizes that getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. The criteria for Step 1 is at least 60% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with stable case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The criteria for moving to Step 2 is at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 2 is June 15.
The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1.
The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7.
The Stanley Park Train will be reopening! Starting Saturday, May 22nd, the train will be open on weekends, including statutory holiday Mondays, with COVID protocols in place.
Stanley Park Train Reopening
When: Weekends from 11:00am to 4:00pm, including statutory holiday Mondays Tickets: Purchased onsite at the ticket booth, debit/credit only
The Stanley Park Railway has always been popular with locals and tourists alike. The 20 gauge, 2km track winds through the forest over ground cleared by Typhoon Freda, the most devastating storm in Vancouver history which blew through in 1962. The railway’s collection of old locomotives is a locally-built replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374, famous for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s.
Passengers can get a close-up look at a vintage engine and a quick photo before boarding for the 15-minute ride.
Masks are required for all passengers 3 & up to board the train and must be worn for the duration of the ride. There are plexiglas dividers between the benches and they are sanitizing the trains before and after daily operations. The standard physical distancing protocols are in place for all visitors while on site.
On June 30th, summer operations will come into effect, with the train running Wednesdays to Sundays until Labour Day.
The second (and final) Aunt Leah’s Virtual Trivia Extravaganza is happening May 29th and you can win your way in! Register and encourage your friends, family, coworkers, and social groups to play and donate to a great cause.
Can’t make on the 29th? You can host your own trivia event to support Aunt Leah’s. If your calendar is packed and can’t accommodate a trivia event, you can still be a superstar and support foster youth by participating in the online auction or donating.
Trivia Nights Support SEFFY Program
The trivia nights benefit the Supporting Education for Foster Youth (“SEFFY”) program. SEFFY supports long-term education planning for foster youth and former foster youth in care. The emphasis is on highlighting strengths, identifying needs and advocating for resources that lead to success for youth. Each youth is connected with an educational specialist and receives help applying for bursaries and training opportunities, from a variety of schools and programs.
Scotiabank has generously offered to match every donation dollar for dollar up to $25,000 in support of the SEFFY program. Aunt Leah’s Place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, they provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.
I have two tickets to give away to the May 29th trivia extravaganza! That way you can sign up and also have a friend or family member join the fun from their screen at home. Here’s how you can enter to win: