CAMPBELL Valley Regional Park in the Township of Langley has expanded by 3.95 hectares (9.8 acres), following Metro Vancouver’s purchase of an ecologically-diverse parcel in the park’s northwest corner.
The land parcel features old field habitat, maturing Douglas fir forest and wetlands. The purchase increases the size of the park to 547 hectares (1,352 acres), and provides for greater ecological and trail continuity within the park.
Campbell Valley Regional Park contains the Little Campbell River floodplain, forested areas, meadows and wooded slopes. The park is loved for its scenic nature, equestrian trails, group picnic areas, camping facilities and pioneer heritage. It is also the site of Country Celebration, an annual fair that highlights the rural character and wildlife of the area. The park attracts over 600,000 visits annually.
“Such parcels rarely become available and we are fortunate to have acquired an area that includes so many of the things that make Campbell Valley Regional Park so special,” said John McEwen, Mayor of the Village of Anmore and Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee.
The Metro Vancouver Regional District acquired this parcel at a cost of $3.15 million through its Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund. The purchase advances Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ mandate to protect the region’s important natural areas while providing opportunities for people to connect with, enjoy, and learn about the natural environment.
“This park is treasured by Langley residents and visitors, and will only become more so as time goes on,” said Jack Froese, Mayor of the Township of Langley and a Metro Vancouver Board Director. “We are one of the fastest growing municipalities in Metro Vancouver and the addition of more regional parkland is a win for the environment and for park users.”