Let’s enjoy our natural surroundings

Summer was slow in arriving this year, but now that the sun is shining on a regular basis, it’s time for people to get outside and take advantage.

Summer was slow in arriving this year, but now that the sun is shining on a regular basis, it’s time for people to get outside and take advantage.

B.C. is an area of world-class natural beauty, and people from all over the world travel here to experience it. But at times, there might be a tendency for locals to take it for granted.

Summer is a particularly important season in terms of promoting active lifestyles to children – and according to Statistics Canada, about one in four Canadian children are overweight or obese. Families would be wise to take full advantage of these last few weeks of August before school starts again.

There are countless opportunities to enjoy the landscape in the Fraser Valley.

The region is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with a web of hiking trails that showcase picturesque mountains, lakes and rivers.

Right in the heart of Abbotsford, Mill Lake Park facilitates a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Scenic sights within a short drive include waterfalls like Cascade (Mission) or Bridal (Chilliwack), or the Othello Tunnels near Hope.

For a further immersion in nature, the provincial park system offers top-notch camping experiences.

Local lakes and rivers yield world-class fishing, as well as the opportunity to swim or catch some rays on the beach.

For the thrill-seeking set, activities like mountain biking or white water rafting offer an adrenaline boost.

Let’s get outside, be active, soak up some Vitamin D, and enjoy our natural surroundings.