A Park A Day: The Best Local Parks for Every Adventure

A Park A Day: The Best Local Parks for Every Adventure

As a mother of three kids (ages 10, 7 and 4) adventures are of vital importance. Why? So they don’t drive each other insane, and in turn, drive me insane. One of our favorite adventures is discovering and testing out local parks. Over our two short years living in Vancouver, I have visited 24 different parks; taking pictures, rating them and posting about it all on Instagram at @3kidsandapark.

During quarantine, parks became even more vital. When the parks closed down, I remember crying, wondering how I was going to survive. When parks reopened, it brought new life and new hope to a terrible situation. Later, I invited my friend Sarah to the park with us. Her kids and mine were of similar interests and ages. We talked while they played, receiving the much needed social energy that had been so lacking during the early days of the pandemic.  

It took time, but we soon found our kids requesting certain parks time and again. As adults, we had our favorites too. Some were good for hot sunny days when we needed plenty of shade while others were good on even rainy days. Some parks were best if we had just an hour, and others we would plan a picnic and stay for a whole afternoon. Here is a list of our best parks (in no particular order) and what makes them awesome; plus a few downsides to be aware of.

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Claire Curtis is a stay-at-home mom of three and grew up in Murray, Utah. She graduated with a B.S. in elementary education from Utah State University where she met her sweetheart of 12 years. Claire has lived in California, Utah, Idaho and Washington. In her free time, she likes to scout out new parks, read, quilt, ride her bike and visit with friends.

Comments (3)

  • Suzanne

    Wow! Now I want to vacation in Vancouver so I can visit some of these parks! Do any of them have disc golf courses?

  • Lee

    What a great way to spend a pandemic – thanks for sharing what you’ve learned, especially your positive approach to a challenging time!


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