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Access to Nature

Our goal: Vancouver residents will enjoy incomparable access to green spaces, including the world's most spectacular urban forest

Improving access to green spaces—like parks, community gardens, and greenways—builds the community and improves the health of residents.

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Our targets: Ensure that every person lives within a 5 minute walk of a park, greenway, or other green space by 2020; restore or enhance 25ha of natural areas between 2010 and 2020
Our targets: Plant 150,000 additional trees in the city between 2010 and 2020, and increase canopy cover to 22% by 2050

Progress we've made so far

Access to Nature
Trees Planted
Natural Space
Tree Canopy
Access to Nature Chart
Hover on data points for more information on that year's performance.
To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.
Note: Our next Tree Canopy survey will be conducted in 2017.

2015-2020 priority actions

Short-term actions for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2015-2016 successes

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Access to Nature goal.

Approved Biodiversity Strategy to support nature across the city

Introduced a new biodiversity Greenest City Action Plan target

Restored native trees in our urban forest

Began developing new salt marsh at New Brighton Park

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016  (8 MB)

Our 2014-2015 successes

Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Access to Nature goal from 2014 to 2015.

Built new parks

Implemented Urban Forest Strategy Framework

Raised awareness around city birds

Approved rewilding action plan

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015  (2 MB)

How we measure success

The metrics for Access to Nature rely on a number of factors.

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and targets

Vancouver Park Board wants nature in the city, not an urban jungle

Park Board has approved a comprehensive plan to increase the size and quality of Vancouver’s natural areas including forests, wetlands, streams, shorelines, and meadows.

Urban Forest Strategy

Vancouver's Urban Forest Strategy provides tools for growing and maintaining a healthy, resilient urban forest for future generations. Review the strategy to learn how we plan to protect, plant, and manage Vancouver's urban forest.

Vancouver Bird Strategy

The Vancouver Bird Strategy will work to create conditions for native birds to thrive in Vancouver.

Hastings Park / PNE Master Plan

Hastings Park / PNE Master Plan: The Fair in the Park — a 30-year initiative to transform the Hastings Park of today into a greener, year-round destination for park use, culture, sport, recreation, and fun.

City announces Treekeepers program to grow Vancouver’s urban forest

Residents in Vancouver now have a new way to support the City of Vancouver’s goal to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, with the launch of the Treekeepers Program, which encourages residents and businesses to plant more trees on their property.

Greenways for walking and cycling

We design and build safe, nature-rich paths that encourage you to explore Vancouver without using your car through the Greenways program.

Pollinator Project to support bees and butterflies

We are working with local organizations to make Vancouver’s parks and gardens friendlier to bumble bees, honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Discover projects underway in your city.